Murshida Rabia Ana Perez-Chisti, Ph.D.
Murshida Rabia is President of the Sufi Universal Fraternal Institute which is dedicated to spreading the Sufi Message brought to the West by Hazrat Inayat Khan. She is an ordained minister in the Sufi Movement and the Creation Spirituality Community representing Universal Sufism and Deep Ecumenism.
She has functioned for 40 years as the head of the Religious Activities in the extended International Sufi communities and has directed a training program that ordains ministers in the Universal Worship founded by Hazrat Inayat Khan. She educates students in the study of the religious scriptures of the world, mysticism, and ethics. The study program has continued for over four decades preparing hundreds of students in interfaith studies as well as counseling modalities that support their progression into chaplaincy positions, prison reform and social programs that assist those in marginalized conditions. She has studied with master Sufi teachers: Sheikh Muzaffer al-Jerrahi, Sheikh Nur al Jerrahi-Lex Hixon, Javad Nurbaksh-Nimatullahi, Murshid Moineddin Jablonski, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, Murshid Hidayat Inayat Khan. She has also had the privilege to work with Master amanuensis Reverend Frida Waterhouse, Dr. Rina Sircar, Sufi Irini Tweedie, and Father Matthew Fox. May Peace and Blessings be upon them all.
She holds degrees in both areas of Psychology & Spirituality and Philosophy & Religion. In academic responsibilities she is presently a faculty member in the East-West Psychology Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. She has functioned as Vice-President and Associate Academic Dean at the University of Creation Spirituality in Oakland, California. She has been the Academic Chair of the Global PhD Program at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (now called Sofia University) in Palo Alto, California. She served as a faculty member at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado and Oakland campus for 11 years and lectured at the University of California-Berkeley, Stanford University, San Diego State University, John F. Kennedy University and Sonoma State University in California.
She specializes in subjects such as World Religions, Sufi Mysticism, Buddhism and Buddhist Abhidhamma offering original translations from the Pali language. She teaches courses in Sufi Mysticism, Ethics, Eastern and Western Philosophy, Women Saints and Masters, Jungian Psychology, Psycho-spiritual synthesis and Culture & Consciousness Studies. She continues to mentor PhD students in research methodologies for dissertations.
Professionally she has worked as the Director of the Prison Library Project that networked with wardens in the local prisons to bring greater contemplative and spiritual education into the prison libraries and also provided counseling to those on the inside as well as their families. She served as a start-up member of the San Francisco AIDS Hospice program. Serving with the Mission of Charities in San Francisco, she met and worked with Mother Teresa who invited her to come to India. She then organized a pilgrimage of 28 people to visit and work at the Kalighat in Calcutta for the homeless. She was the Coordinating Director of the Emergency Relief Fund International, an NGO that helped transport food and medicines to areas in Somalia and Ethiopia during periods of severe famine.
1998, Causation, Correlation and Liberation in the Abhidhamma, with original translations from Pali. UFI Publications, Washington, D.C.
1998, Sufi Women-Journey to the Beloved. (Contributor). International Association of Sufism. San Rafael, California.
1999, Commentary on Meister Eckhart’s Notion of Emptiness. Toward the One Magazine, Edmonton, Canada.
2001, The Cosmic World-How We Participate in Thee, Thou and Us. A Journal of Consciousness and Transformational Quarterly-ReVision Vol. 23, Number 3 Transformation Quarterly, Heldref Publications, Washington, D.C.
2003, Women’s Prophetic Contribution to Sufism. Italian International Sufi Journal, Verona, Italy.
2008, Originally Blessed-Love of the Mother of the World. Creation Spirituality Community, Golden, Colorado.
2010, A Feminist Approach to Three Holy Women’s Intuitive Process: Exploring Aspects of Transcendental Phenomenology and Hermeneutics through a Correlation of the Researcher’s Experience. ReVision Magazine, San Francisco, California.
2015, Peace with All-Akbar, the First Interfaith Mogul King. Sufi Movement USA, Berkeley, California.
Murshida Rabia’s other interests and expertise extends to phenomenological and hermeneutic research methods, ancient languages, yoga, and martial arts. She holds a black belt in Shorin Ryu Karate and studied with Sensai Jack Seito, and Sensai Richard Kim from the Zen Bei Botokukai in San Francisco. She also studied Kendo and Iaido at the Buddhist Temple in New York City with Reverend Sui Shin Kan. She holds a degree in Herbal Medicine form Dominican College in Vancouver, Canada.
Gabriel Gurumukh Mark Harris, MA, CADCIm MAC
Gabriel Gurumukh Mark Harris first trained as a Kundalini Yoga teacher in the 70’s, and began applying yogic and other principles to his professional music performance. His association with American Sufism also began in the early 70’s, he took initiation in the early 90’s under the guidance of Murshida Rabia Ana Perez-Chisti. Under her guidance he began exploring and developing the intersections between indigenous and African-American wisdom traditions, civil right movements, and the so-called New Age thought.
I have described Howard Thurman as Yoda, to Martin Luther King Jr’s Obi-Wan Kenobi: The Hidden Master Teacher, to the Outward activist. Hazrat Inayat Khan direclty experienced American-style racism, wrote prayers referring to resolving it, and like Thurman, wrote and taught spiritual methods of transcending and living in an expanded and empowered state.
There is an African proverb which states, “It is a fool, whose own tomatoes are sold to them.” The New Age, is the wisdom traditions of people of color, often of African origins, diluted and repackaged for an affluent American audience. They may still have a vestige of their original flavor, and vitamin content, to be uplifting, but nothing like the original. These technologies in their places of origin, could be accessed by poor and oppressed people, to gain empowerment and enlightenment. We will explore some of the many ways Thurman and Hazrat Inayat Khan come together and expand each other. Looking forward to meeting you all.
Shazadee Zoe Wild
Shazadee Zoe Wild is an ordained minister in the Sufi Universal Fraternal Institute and the Sufi Movement and studies the mystical teachings of all traditions under the mentorship of Murshida Rabia Perez-Chisti. From 2006-2008 she lived in Myanmar studying meditation at Shwe Oo Min Dhamma Sukha Tawya Yeiktha, ordained as a Buddhist nun in the Theravada tradition. She has spent thousands of hours in extended meditation retreat both in the USA and abroad under many renowned teachers of various schools of meditation. She has also studied Buddhist Philosophy and Abhidhamma at Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in Massachusetts.
Shazadee Zoe received a certification in Buddhist Chaplaincy at Sati Center for Buddhist Studies in California in 2010. She is a certified life and spiritual coach and has studied many neuroscience techniques and their relationship to meditation. She has coached and facilitated hundreds of clients, group courses and workshops.
Shazadee Zoe is also a certified facilitator of Healing Memories trauma workshops, and facilitates these workshops for veterans in the Phoenix area. In the past she has volunteered in hospice care, meditated with prisoners, and as a grief counselor with bereaved children.
In 2015, Shazadee Zoe founded and became Executive Director of One Light Global, a 501c3 NGO, One Light Global, operating internationally to meet the growing global refugee crisis. One Light Global provides direct humanitarian aid, trauma healing workshops, and innovative sustainable infrastructure solutions in the fields of education, social enterprise and food security. OLG operates in countries such as Greece, Turkey, Serbia, Lebanon, Uganda and the USA.
In 2016, Shazadee Zoe received a Presidential Lifetime Service Award from former President Barak Obama. She is also a recipient of the Companionate of Merit from Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem and a Kentucky Colonel. She has been featured on the cover of Om Times Magazine.
Shazadee Zoe believes the essential Sufi teaching of Unity of Spiritual Ideals holds the key to illuminating the hearts of humanity, healing the planet and a more compassionate future for all. Her book, Wild Meditation, is due out in Summer 2018. I look forward to being with all in our classes. A syllabus will be give to each student upon completion of registration.