This DVD video presentation first seeks to answer such questions as: In the various world religions, what are the different forms the rosary has taken? What is actually said while using them and what do these spiritual practices sound like? What gives the repetition of a Divine Name or mantra the power to be efficacious and how does it activate the heart?
In this half-an-hour documentary, Martin Lings relates of his first Hajj in the 1940's which is accompanied by old, black and white footage from Mecca. The original beauty and simplicity of the Hajj is brought to the viewer through the sheer presence and eloquence of Lings' narrative
To the strains of traditional Turkish music, Shaykh Muzaffer leads the chanting of the Divine Names, and the singing of Ilahis, mystic hymns. This dhikr was recorded in 1983 at the Halveti-Jerrahi headquarters in Istanbul, Turkey.
This insightful, hour-long documentary explores life at the Abbey of Gethsemani, one of the most well-known monasteries in the world. While much of Gethsemani's acclaim comes from being the monastic home of the renowned spiritual master Thomas Merton, the filmmaker reveals there is much more to the rural Kentucky monastery than the legacy of one remarkable man.
Oxford’s Bishop Kallistos Ware, the keynote speaker for The Conference on Eastern Spirituality, and an authority on the Prayer of the Heart ( or the Jesus prayer) delivered this talk at the Merton and Hesychasm Conference, held by the Merton Foundation in Louisville, KY in 2002 . In this DVD he shares how the heart is understood in the Bible and in the mystical tradition of the Orthodox Church.
Kentucky friends of Thomas Merton are asked what traits and qualities drew them to Merton. Each panelist personally knew Merton and portrayed him as a very human person. The Merton Institute for Contemplative Living presented Kentucky Friends who Remember Merton on the 33rd anniversary of Thomas Merton's death. The clip features Ron Seitz, Jack Ford, Dick Sisto, and Sr. Jean Marie Richardson, SL.
This DVD provides the first comprehensive look at this remarkable 20th-Century Trappist monk, religious philosopher, and influential author.
In the City of the Prophet, peace be upon him, Hamza Yusuf delivered this series of lectures on this lesser known work, Refinement of the Hearts. The author of the text, the 8th century Spanish master of the Islamic sciences and martyr, Imam Ibn Juzayy al-Kalbi, presents an unassailable Sufism thoroughly grounded in the Book of God.
The haunting tones of the Turkish flute begin this concert of the Halveti-Jerrahi Order, followed by ilahis, mystic hymns with traditional Turkish music accompaniment.
These lectures have been chosen to give the listener a sample of both the general themes of the thought of Seyyed Hossein Nasr, such as modernity's loss of the sacred, and his scholarship on particular subjects, such as the meaning of Islamic art. For this reason, the collection will be of interest both to audiences who are already well acquainted with his thought, and to those who are discovering him for the first time.
Thomas Merton – Trappist monk, brilliant author of books, essays and poetry, all rooted in his lifelong search for meaning. He is one of the most authentic and enduring voices of the 20th century, a man who truly lived the search he writes about.
Award-winning producer Morgan Atkinson spent years researching Merton’s work, as well as interviewing Merton friends, scholars and authorities on the spiritual life.
A recording of a conversation with Harold Talbott moderated by Dr. Bonnie Thurston. Recorded December 7, 2000, in Louisville, Kentucky, marking the 32nd anniversary of Merton's death.
Al-Ghazali lived at a time such as the one we live in today, when the inward and outward practices of Islam had become divided and a collective spiritual crisis of the heart prevailed. He realized that in spite of all his knowledge he was of no use battling this crisis because his own heart was filled with pride. How could he aid his brothers in the transformation of their hearts, when his own heart was diseased?
An archaeological-detective story uncovering the pieces of the ancient mystery of where Christ was baptized, concerned with the recent discovery of the possible baptism site of Jesus Christ, in ‘Wadi al-Kharrar’ on the east bank of the river Jordan, the “Bethany Beyond the Jordan” of the Gospels.
This film tells the story of the meeting between the Prophet and a Christian monk named Bahira. The meeting happened in the shade of a tree.
Fourteen hundred years later that same tree was discovered still alive in the northern deserts of Jordan.
An 82-minute journey into a hidden world of Sufisism: "zikr" ceremonies in Cairo, Istanbul, Morocco and the U.S. Among those interviewed:Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Martin Lings, Gai Eaton, Sheikh Ali Gom'aa, T.J.Winter, and musicians Kudsi Erguner and Hamza El Din.
Taking its cue from the Prophet Muhammad's hadith to ‘Journey to three Mosques – The Mosque of Makkah , Madinah and Jerusalem ’, The Furthest Mosque sets out in the company of British bass player Danny 'Hamza' Thompson to discover the reasons why Jerusalem holds such an important place in the hearts of Muslims everywhere.
This DVD contains the premiere theatre performance of The Language of the Birds. It combines the Sufi epic poems of Alisher Navoi's The Language of the Birds and Farididdin Attar's The Conference of the Birds into a masterpiece, and includes classic Uzbek music (maqom) with Sufi songs and dance.
This remarkable video captures life at the Abbey of Gethsemani has rarely been seen, or heard, before. Offered unprecedented access by the Trappist monks of Gethsemani, a team of videographers spent 2 years at the rural Kentucky monastery focusing on the monastic way of life, as well as the areas stunning physical beauty. In addition to showcasing the stark splendor of Gethsemani, the cameras reveal how this former home of Thomas Merton, nurtures its legacy as a center for spiritual renewal and peace.