Netanel Miles-Yepez – Abode Teacher in Residence and Tuesday Series
Dear Friends of the Abode,
We are delighted to announce that our beloved teacher and friend Netanel Miles-Yepez has begun his term as the Abode’s inaugural Teacher-in-Residence. Netanel will be living at the Abode and contributing his insight, teaching, and warm presence to the community. We are thrilled to welcome him!
In this capacity as Teacher-in-Residence, Netanel will be providing weekly classes at the Abode open to the public. He will also be holding office hours, offering individual spiritual guidance, teaching classes for participants in the Khidmat spiritual work-study program, participating in Karma Yoga, and holding other communal activities.
Tonight marks the start of Netanel’s weekly classes, to which all are invited and welcomed to attend. Tonight’s talk will be on “The Story of Sufism” — more information and Netanel’s biography can be found below:
The Story of Sufism
“What is Sufism?” This is a perennial question for Sufis, who routinely learn and recite various definitions of Sufism as a spiritual practice. This talk will focus on how Sufis have traditionally seen themselves and defined their tradition, and explore how these views may or may not have changed in the universalist orientation of Inayati Sufism.
Netanel (Mu’in ad-Din) Miles-Yépez is Pir of the Inayati-Maimuni lineage of Sufism. He studied History of Religions at Michigan State University and Contemplative Religion at the Naropa Institute before pursuing traditional studies in both Sufism and Hasidism with Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and various other teachers. He has been deeply involved in ecumenical dialogue and is considered a leading thinker in the InterSpiritual and New Monasticism movements. He is the translator of My Love Stands Behind a Wall: A Translation of the Song of Songs and Other Poems (2015), the co-author of the critically acclaimed commentary on Hasidic spirituality, A Heart Afire: Stories and Teachings of the Early Hasidic Masters (2009), the editor of various works on InterSpirituality, including Meditations for InterSpiritual Practice (2012), and the editor of a new series of the works of the Sufi master, Hazrat Inayat Khan, annotated and adapted into modern English. He teaches “Contemplative Islam,” “Sufism,” and “Religion and Mystical Experience” in the Department of Religious Studies at Naropa University.
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