Abode Village View – Week of 4/29

Abode Village View – Week of 4/29

When souls meet each other, what truth they can exchange! It is uttered in silence, yet always surely reaches its goal.” – Hazrat Inayat Khan

Editor’s Note: Please note the following changes:

This Thursday night class will be in the meditation hall and be an introduction to the Art of Personality live-stream series with Pir Zia. The live-stream series has been rescheduled to be every Thursday May 9th through 30th. More details will be coming on this. “Personality is the development of individuality, and in personality, which is formed by character-building, is born that spirit which is the rebirth of the soul.” Hazrat Inayat Khan. We’ll end the class with doing zikr. Yaqin

This week’s Universal Worship will be in the Library. The theme will be “fasting”. Almost all indigenous peoples around the world and most religions have traditions of fasting from food at certain times. What are the purposes of fasting and what other things can a person “fast” from besides food? Yaqin

Upcoming Week’s Events at the Abode

Monday, April 29
Community Lunch – Razzaq Dining Hall – 12:30 pm
– East Meets West: An Evening with Ustad Shafaat Khan and AHRKH – Quddus Meditation Hall – 7:00 pm – Tickets are a sliding scale of $10-15. Register at www.theabode.org/programs/667


Tuesday,  April 30
Community Breakfast – Razzaq Dining Hall – 8:00 am
Community Dinner with Chef Fatimata – Razzaq Dining Hall – 6:00 pm – Spiced fish pilaf with caramelized onions, baked tofu, rice and peas, salad bar *Menu subject to change*


Wednesday,  May 1
Community Lunch – Razzaq Dining Hall – 12:30 pm


Thursday, May 2
Community Lunch with Chef Fatimata – Razzaq Dining Hall – 12:30 pm – Vegetable lasagna, rice, broccoli, salad bar *Menu subject to change*
Community Dinner with Chef Fatimata – Razzaq Dining Hall – 6:00 pm – Chicken quesadilla, tofu, rice, roasted sweet potato, salad bar *Menu subject to change*
The Art of Personality – Fattah Family Room – 7:00 pm – Join us on Thursday nights in May for live-streams with Pir Zia from the publication of the new book The Art of Personality.


Sunday, May 5
Universal Worship with Yaqin – The Pir Vilayat Center – 11:00 am
Brunch with Chef Fatimata – Razzaq Dining Hall – 12:30 pm – Pancakes, home fries, oatmeal, frittata, blueberry sauce, salad bar *Menu subject to change*

Upcoming Programs

The Art of Personality | Thursdays in May | 7:00 PM | Fattah Family Room | Attitude is a principal thing in life. Our happiness and unhappiness in life depends not so much on what happens to us, but primarily on our attitude toward what happens to us. Every person is like a garden that they cultivate and the art of personality is the flowering of that garden. Gratefulness in a person’s character is like the fragrance in the flower. Join us on Thursday nights in May for live-streams with Pir Zia from the publication of the new book The Art of Personality.Thursdays May 2, 9, 16 and 23rd at 7:00 in the Abode Family Room in Fattah, followed by discussion and refreshments.


Sufi Message Class with Yaqin | May 30 | 7:00 PM | Quddus Meditation Hall


Energy, Presence, and Dialogue with Peter Schein | Sunday, April 28 | 3:00-5:00 PM | Razzaq Library | “The future of humanity depends on a rebirth of dialogue.” – Martin Buber. Some of the best healing, learning and growth happen in a place of mutual presence, openness and authenticity. We will explore a way into this realm of meaning and value through the cooperation of three kinds of practice: qigong (energy practice), meditation and dialogue. The issue of presence – what it is, and how it is both found and lost – lies at the heart of this approach. An underlying logic consists in the way for centuries many traditions have combined energy practices and meditation as an effective way to cultivate presence; and, that presence is both a foundation and fruition of genuine dialogue. Dialogue, moreover, enables us to develop a personal relation to presence, and is a time honored vessel for human maturation. In the workshop we’ll cultivate presence in a series of qigong and meditation practices; and, then practice dialogue through exercises in skillful communication and creative collaboration. There will be periods for discussion. I’ll also share some of the experiences with these principles and practices in my life as a contemplative, educator and acting student that have led me to this work.


East Meets West: An Evening with Ustad Shafaat Khan and AHRKH | Monday, April 29 | 7:00 PM | Quddus Meditation Hall | $10-15 | Join the Abode in welcoming Ustad Shafaat Khan, world-renowned Indian Classical musician, son of Ustad Imrat Khan and nephew of Ustad Vilayat Khan. Mr. Khan has performed worldwide at many prestigious concert halls, music festivals and universities all over India, America, Europe, China, Russia and Japan. In the rich history of Indian classical music, Mr. Khan has distinguished himself by being the first known artist to have attained simultaneous excellence in performing sitar, surbahar and tabla. Tickets are a sliding scale of $10-15. Register at www.theabode.org/programs/667


Abode Mountain Work Camp | May 3-5 | Experience the Abode in a hands on way! Help us give tender, loving care to our facilities and prepare the grounds for our upcoming season. In return for your work we will provide lodging, six locally sourced, organic meals, and new friends! For more information please visit www.theabode.org/programs/663 or contact SaMoon Pal: samoon@theabode.org or 518-794-8090 ext. 121


Cacao Ceremony with Kirtan led by JoJo Silverman | Sunday, May 5 | 4:00-8:00 PM | Mountain Camp | The conclusion to our Work Camp will be a cacao ceremony up on our beautiful mountain campus. Suggested love offerings for the ceremony – Work Camp Participants: $22, All Others: $33-44. Space is limited and registration is required. Contact SaMoon Pal with any questions: samoon@theabode.org or 518-794-8090 ext. 121. Please read all information available on the registration page: www.drcacaos.com/ceremony-registration.html


Emerald Earth Retreat with Kainat Norton & Muinuddin Smith | May 3-5 | Come to the beauty of the Berkshires within the renewing energy of spring!  In this weekend retreat we will attune to the sacred manuscript of Nature, to seeing with the eyes of Sophia, the creative feminine, the sacred wisdom of the earth, and to alchemical and Ziraat teachings. All are welcome. For more information and registration please visit www.theabode.org/programs/627


Healing Retreat with Gayatri Hull | Saturday, May 11 | 9:00 AM-12:30 PM | Quddus Meditation Hall | In this retreat offered by Gayatri Hull we will turn within and through practices of meditation and contemplation, presence, breath, light, healing, remembrance (zikr), silence, music and song we will still the mind, and purify, revivify, renew and restore our body, heart, and soul. This retreat is open to all who would like to go deep within, listen and attune to their true self and dive into the depth of the mystical teachings on healing and the soul’s journey. In a safe and serene retreat setting we will polish the mirror of the heart. As we purify, revivify and restore ourselves, we shine our light into the world.  All are invited to attend this retreat; no prior experience or affiliation required. Suggested Retreat donation: $ 30 – $ 50. Please come to the Meditation Hall ready to begin at 9:00. (Walk-ins Welcome) This retreat is presented under the auspices of the Sufi Center at the Abode and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the center. For more info contact Gayatri at (518) 528-7664 and gayatrihull@gmail.com


Dances of Universal Peace | Sunday, May 19 | 1:30-3:00 PM | Quddus Meditation Hall | These are simple dances with chants from many world faith traditions. Live music, friendship, refreshments! The Dances of Universal Peace are simple, multi-cultural circle dances. They use movements, music, and sacred phrases from many traditions to touch and deepen the spiritual essence within oneself and to experience spiritual harmony with others. The Dances promote peace and integration within individuals and groups worldwide. Movements, words and melody for each dance are taught as if it is being danced for the first time.There are neither performers nor audience; participants of all ages and physical abilities are always welcomed. For more information on the Dances visit www.dancesofuniversalpeacena.org 
No prior experience necessary. Donations welcome.


Please check our calendar and programs pages for an extended look at upcoming events and happenings. We look forward to being with you soon at the Abode!