Malcolm X: A Meditation

Malcolm Little was born in Omaha, Nebraska on this day, May 19th, 1925. I consider him one of the signal figures in the spiritual history of the United States. I've written here about him before. But, I never feel I've quote captured what I hope to share. So, one more time...Malcolm was the fourth of seven children. His father a Baptist preacher and an outspoken advocate of Black self-reliance. The family moved first to Milwaukee and then to Lansing.His father was killed when he was six … [Read more...]

Noor Inayat Khan: Sufi & War Hero

Noor-un-Nisa Inayat Khan was born in Moscow on this day in 1914. She was the eldest of the Indian Sufi teacher Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan and his American wife Ora Ray Baker's four children.Noor spent only a few years in Russia. The family relocated to England ahead of the war, and then finally settling in France. She studied at the Sorbonne and the Paris Conservatory. Noor was a highly accomplished musician, poet, and children's book author, perhaps best known for her adaptations of … [Read more...]

Nyogen Senzaki’s Sufism & Zen

(The essay “Sufism & Zen” is taken from a collection of Nyogen Senzaki Sensei’s lectures and writings which was published in Japan in 1936 as ON ZEN MEDITATION by the Rinzai priest Nanshin Okamoto. It describes the Zen teacher’s encounter with the Sufi master Inayat Khan. As both teachers inform my spirituality, I’m particularly taken that there was a direct connection between them at one point in their lives. It should be noted that a lot of water has flowed under the bridge since this essay was … [Read more...]