Living from the Heart

Universalist Sufism in America

A Documentary by Chuck Davis

Living from the Heart: Universalist Sufism in America (running time 40:20, directed by Chuck Davis) offers an introduction to the mystical path of Sufism as expressed in the universalist Sufi teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan by contemporary Sufi teachers in America. The film contextualizes Sufism as a spiritual path of the heart, addressing the distinction between Islamic Sufism and Universalist Sufism, and introduces viewers to Sufi teachings on Love, Beauty, Music, God, and the Sufi practices of Zikr (remembrance) and Pilgrimage. Locations in the film include: The Abode of the Message, New Lebanon, New York; The Boulder Dushanbe Tea House, Boulder, Colorado; Lama Foundation, Questa, New Mexico; Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon; Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado; The Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, California; and Precita Park, San Francisco, California.

The film features interviews with: Taj Inayat, Senior Teacher, Inayati Order; Shabda Kahn, Pir of the Sufi Ruhaniat Order; Satya Inayat Khan, Inayati Order; Zia Inayat-Khan, Pir of the Inayati Order; Netanel Miles-Yépez, Pir of the Inayati-Maimuni Order; Deepa Gulrukh Patel, Teacher, Inayati Order; and Jennifer Alia Wittman, Executive Director, Inayati Order. Also featured are: Sukhawat Ali Khan, Traditional Qawwali Singer; Amir Peter O’Laughlin, Sufi Musician; Lucas Kestrel Sego, Coordinator, Lama Foundation; and Aziz Isaiah Abbatiello, Traditional Mevlevi Whirler.

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