Tuesday, March 27, 2007

"Rumi-Turning Ecstatic"

Turkish Graduate Students Association and Rumi Dialogue Group Student Association are hosting a film screening event at University at Buffalo to celebrate Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi’s 800th birth anniversary.

The film, “Rumi-Turning Ecstatic” tells the story of Canadian filmmaker Tina Petrova who shares her extraordinary encounter with Rumi ( a true story) as she leads the audience on a road trip of discovery across America to the shifting sands of the Middle East - seeking out scholars who animate his works in the world today.

This event is featuring speakers Tina Petrova, the writer, producer, and director of the film and Umit Goker, Interfaith Dialogue Coordinator of Istanbul Center of Atlanta, one of the largest Turkish dialogue organizations in the US.

The event will be held on April 14th at 7pm at University at Buffalo’s Woldman Theatre (Norton Hall Room 112) in North Campus.

Other sponsors are Graduate Student Association, Turkish SA, Music GSA, Buffalo Turkish Center, Comparative Literature GSA and Media Study GSA.

Admission to this event is free.
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Monday, March 26, 2007

Kabir Helminski in Rochester!

Sheikh Kabir Helminski and Camille Helminski from the Threshold Society will give a lecture in the Nazareth College in Rochester on Wednesday at 7pm.
The title is "Rumi, Sufism, and the Heart of the Abrahamic Tradition".

Sheikh Kabir is the author of Living Presence and The Knowing Heart and currently is a spiritual teacher in Mevlevi Sufi Order.

Camille Helminski is the cofounder of Threshold Society and author of the books Women of Sufism: A Hidden Treasure and The Light of Dawn: Daily Readings from the Holy Qur'an.

For more information click here or call 585 389 2963.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Rumi Reading Club

RUMI 800 is organizing a Rumi Reading Club to enjoy Rumi's poetry for one night each month. It will be held at Buffalo Turkish Center at 816 Kenmore Ave. Buffalo, NY 14216

The first meeting is on Thursday, March 22, 2007 at 8pm.

In the first meeting, there will be a short (28 mins) documentary about Rumi's life followed by readings from "Stories from Masnavi" translated by AJ Arberry and Rumi's poems translated by Kabir Helminski.

Refreshments will be served with Turkish tea.

If you have any questions or if you need a ride, please reach us at rumi800@gmail.com or just leave a comment.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

RUMI 800 events start with a film screening at the University at Buffalo. Turkish Graduate Student Association and Rumi Dialogue Group at UB will present "Rumi, Poet of the Heart", a documentary about Rumi's life and poetry. It will be on Thursday, March 8th at 7pm at NSC 210. They will serve baklava, Turkish tea and other refreshments as well.

Hope to meet with other Rumi fans on Thursday!
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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Inner Garment of Love

A soul which is not clothed

with the inner garment of Love
should be ashamed of its existence.

Be drunk with Love,
for Love is all that exists.
Where is intimacy found
if not in the give and take of Love.

If they ask what Love is,
say: the sacrifice of will.
If you have not left your will behind,
you have no will at all.


(The Rumi Collection ed. by Kabir Helminski p.40)

Welcome to RUMI 800-Buffalo

RUMI 800-Buffalo is an initiative established by Buffalo Turkish Center to organize events to celebrate Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi's 800th birth anniversary, and promote his ideas about peace, tolerance, spirituality and love for God.

Starting from March 2007, there will be film screenings, book clubs, poetry nights, and live performances of Sufi music.

Hope to meet with all the RUMI lovers in Buffalo.