A Taste of Sufism

"A Taste of Sufism"
Sunday, April 09, 2017

Monthly online seminars
April 2017  -  March 2018

Sufism is an ages-old mystical path, the Way of the Heart.
It has always been with us and yet is eternally fresh,
ever-renewing the human spirit.

A Taste of Sufism is an online seminar exploring different strands of Sufi thought and practice from pre-Islamic times to the present day. There will be eleven month presentations covering the origins and history of Sufism, its many schools, teachings, personalities, traditions and changes. 

Style, approach        

The style will be personal and informal - a somewhat impressionistic journey through a wide and varied landscape. I will share my understanding of different aspects of Sufism, describe experiences - my own and others' - if relevant, and offer interpretations to bridge gaps between where the teaching originated and our life today.
Two weeks after each presentation there will be a follow-up discussion and Q&A session. The style will be personal and interactive, a wide-ranging journey through a varied landscape. All sessions may be accessed by telephone or Skype.

Note: If you miss a session for any reason, you can ask for a recording.  

Course outline, schedule 

Presentation will be place on the third Sunday of the month. Discussions/Q&A sessions will be two Sundays later and we might invite other speakers or experts to take part in the discussions.

The first session - on April 9 is free but you must sign up for it in advance (see information about Registration & Costs below)

Talks will be at 9:00 AM U.S. Pacific Time (5:00 pm GMT), with adjustments for Daylight Savings. Both presentations and discussions will run about 60 minutes each.
NOTE: The first talk is on a second Sunday, April 9, because April 16 is Easter, and the follow-up conversation will be on April 30. There will be no session in July.

All sessions will be recorded. Recordings will be available to those who have sign-up and paid for the course or that session.

The webinar will be held online at MaestroConference, the same platform as the Living Sufism program. After you register you will receive an email with the phone number to call and a PIN that will give you access on Maestro. You can also join the webinar using Skype by adding MaestroConference as a contact. Please do this at least 48 hours before the session. You will receive reminders 24 hours and 2 hours before each session with a number to call and your personal PIN.

Registration & Costs

The full seminar costs $175; individual sessions are $20 each. 
You can also pay for the full program  in 2 or 3 installments. 
Discussion sessions are included in the costs of the talks.

The talk will be held on Maestro Online, the same platform as the Living Sufism sessions.


Murshid Kiran Rana was born and grew up in India. From an early age he was attracted to newer, more liberated forms of belief and action. In 1973 he traveled to the West, where he met the Sufi mystic, Fazal Inayat-Khan, and joined his Khankah (residential Sufi community). He spent the first seven years of his Sufi training living and working in close proximity to his teacher and was re-birthed in the fire of that experience.

In 1981, Kiran moved to California, where for 35 years he ran Hunter House, a publisher of self-help books on health and personal growth. He had become deeply interested in the Sufi musical form called qawwali, and was accepted as a student by Ustad Meraj Nizami, a senior qawwali in the Delhi tradition. For several years, Kiran taught workshops on Sufi poetry and music, teaching especially through the qawwal form. During that time he also became Murshid (guide) in the Sufi Way, the progressive Sufi order started by Fazal Inayat-Khan.

In 2014, Kiran gave up publishing and devoted himself full-time to being a student and teacher of Sufism. Today, he lives in the San Francisco Bay area with his wife Jeanne, who is a poet and long-term member of the Sufi Way and the Unitarian church. Together, at the Bay Dervish center in Alameda, they hold monthly Sufi conversations, qawwali immersions, universal worships and zikr (inner remembrance) circles, and share approaches to the inner life, love, creativity and awakening.
is author of the books The Open Path:recognizing Nondual Awareness andFree Medicine: Meditationson Nondual Awakening


Contact Information

Payment Instructions

  • All sessions need to be paid by credit card. You can pay the full amount at once or pay in 2 or 3 installments: just change the amount payable into the installment amount you prefer. If the amount is $50 or less please pay the full amount.
    You can complete your balance payment by logging back into your registration and choose "Change your Registration" - you will be provided with an option to make a payment on your balance.

    For any payment or registration inquiries please email