“One of the most joyful moments in the life of the spiritual seeker is when we recognize that the long sought-for goal is already here. We are the pure presence the sages and poets speak about.” ~ Elias Amidon from Seven Contemplations on Awakening
Elias Amidon is the spiritual director (Pir) of the Sufi Way. He has been an initiate of the Sufi Way for the past 44 years, and was appointed as the Pir of the order in 2004 by the previous Pir, Sitara Brutnell. His root teacher in the order was Pir Fazal Inayat-Khan. Pir Elias has also studied with Qadiri Sufis in Morocco, Theravaden Buddhist teachers in Thailand, Native American teachers of the Assemblies of the Morning Star, Christian monks in Syria, Zen teachers of the White Plum Sangha, and contemporary teachers in the Dzogchen tradition.
Elias has lived a multifaceted, engaged life. The son of an artist and a social activist, he has worked as a schoolteacher, carpenter, architect, professor, writer, anthologist, environmental educator, peace activist, wilderness quest guide, and spiritual teacher. He founded, co-founded, or helped to develop several schools: the Heartwood School, the Institute for Deep Ecology, the Boulder Institute for Nature and the Human Spirit, the graduate program in Environmental Leadership at Naropa University, and the Open Path.
Author of the books The Open Path: Recognizing Nondual Awareness, Munajat: Forty Prayers, and Free Medicine:Meditations on Nondual Awakening. He also is co-editor of the books Earth Prayers, Life Prayers, and Prayers for a Thousand Years, and has worked for many years in the fields of peace and environmental activism in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, and with indigenous tribes in Thailand and Burma on issues of cultural continuity and land rights. He was instrumental in founding the Masar Ibrahim Al Khalil (Abraham’s Path), an international project dedicated to helping Middle Eastern countries open a network of cultural routes and walking trails through the region. He continues to travel widely teaching Open Path and other Sufi Way programs.
You can further explore Elias’ work through the right side bar: videos/blog posts, webcasts, books, and articles.
For more information about and Elias’ Sufi teachings, visit the Sufi Way website.
And, you can watch more Elias Amidon videos in our library.
Below is the talk The Concept of Me, given in Beetsterzwaag, The Netherlands.
Image of Elias is from Sufiway.nl
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