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Uploaded on Oct 29, 2009
Elias Amidon - 'The Sufi Way' - Interview by Iain McNay
Elias Amidon is co-director of the Boulder Institute for Nature and the Human Spirit which runs national and international training programs in support of human rights, citizen peacemaking, environmental ethics, and indigenous cultures. During the 90's he taught in the masters program of Environmental Leadership at Naropa University in Colorado; he is a trained wilderness quest guide and has led quests for over 12 years. Elias is a Murshid, senior teacher, and lineage holder of the International Sufi Way, an inner school in the lineage of Indian Sufi master Inayat Khan. Over the years he has studied and practiced Sufism in America, Europe, India, North Africa, and the Middle East. He is also initiated into the Qadiri Sufi order and the Soto Zen Buddhist order of the White Plum Sangha. In this interview he talks about his life, the Sufi way and how the deepening of one's inner life and the deepening of one's life in the world is a single process. His life's primary dedication is to be able to access and sustain the clear presence of simple being pure awareness with ease.