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I hereby forward a Very interesting article about Vipasana and Muslim. Please read and give me some of your thoughts. Kind regards, Anurut Subject: เเเเเเเเเเเเเเเเเเเเเเเเเเเเ

Omar Rahman, Dhamma Brother
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(1953-2009)

Dear Jonathan, There was a period in my life [when] I learned more about myself from Buddhist writers than I did from Islamic writers, specifically in regards to the emotional interior. I wanted a map of that place. Although Islamic thought places a major emphasis on human compassion, human kindness and love, this emphasis among the writers has appeared more doctrinal and intellectual. However, Buddhist writings on the same subject matter were more experiential in tone and substance in that, instead of just defining what compassion, kindness or forgiveness is, those writings describe what they feel like. When talking about the emotional well being of a person, from Islamic writers I get a table of contents and from the Buddhist writers I learn what those contents feel like. Although Islam has given me a positive in terms of how I perceive reality and how I perceive myself, yet there were emotional issues that were not being resolved that I wanted information about. I wanted to know where all my anger was coming from. Why was I so irritated? Why were there long periods of emotional emptiness in my life? Why am I so hung up on this or crave that, obsessed with this or stuck on that? I wanted information that

“Whoa. One example is metta. It includes all the required religious practices. There was another time when a man asked Prophet Muhammad who among them was the best Muslim. Omar. how I got there and how to navigate that landscape. One night during the Vipassana course. Islam does light a path through the interior landscape of the human experience. I began to bring that same quality of mindfulness and determination to my prayers. He answered. This was important to me because knowing through rational thought alone had not taken me the final mile to where my issues were. I was able to develop strong determination in my observance of my prayers. Most of my emotional sufferings have diminished or I know more about why I was suffering because of what I have learned through Buddhist teachings and practices. One other quality of Buddhist writers that has been a benefit to me is the inclusion of feeling as a faculty of how one can know and understand one’s experience. however these practices are mentioned after it is stated how important it is to care about the orphan. I was fortunate to be able to develop strong determination in my sitting meditation. But learning how to feel where I was. nor most perfect in prayers or other religious acts. Heretofore I was without these bearings.” During the Vipassana course. What was so startling about it to me was that I’d been reading year in year out the same thing in my Qur’anic studies and studies on the teachings and practices of Prophet Muhammad. of caring about the suffering of others.” Then there is the statement by Prophet Muhammad that a good Muslim desires for others what he desires for himself which echoed in my mind when I was sharing my love. As a consequence.” The idea of being able to enlarge this capacity within myself through practice had eluded me. So while being taught metta I said to myself. there is a verse in the Qur’an that describes a sincere Muslim. I said to myself. then learning how to identify what I was feeling and why I was feeling as I did paved the way for me being able to manage my life in a much more skillful way. my observance in my meditation was keener than what my observance had been in my prayers. I was blown away by the “practice of feeling others.would show me where I was on the interior landscape. directions and insights. . and caring about the happiness of others. What he was saying didn’t fully touch me until Vipassana increased my awareness of the value of loving kindness. Because of Vipassana I now see dimensions of Islam in ways I hadn’t before. I must admit that at the close of the Vipassana course. Realizing this. Throughout the Qur’an caring about those who are suffering is tied to identity. my peace and my happiness with all beings. markers. however. Case in point. before I fell asleep. the indigent or the homeless people who are suffering. but you are just now getting it. your book has been telling you this for years. but who expressed the most kindness. “Omar.” Not most knowledgeable mind you. “The best of you are those who are most kind to their wives. I have not encountered Islamic writers who illuminate the details of that landscape as [have] Buddhist writers. Buddha has made you a better Muslim.

I come out of a family and community that were beset with the mental and emotional conditionings and patterns of behavior that accompany low personal esteem and low personal worth. I try to give other Muslims a “feel” of my experience and what I have learned so that they may have a reference to base their decision of whether they would like to take the course. Metta. patient. and forgiving person in my relationships. I believe there is a psycho-emotional state underlying the African-American experience that manifests a “something is wrong with me” condition. Also I constantly remind those I talk to how valuable and important it is to be able to direct our attention to what others are feeling and experiencing. The Dhamma can be a source of healing for this condition. Prior to the Vipassana course. After Vipassana these words became a practice. Omar .As an Imam and having taken the Vipassana course. I have related how meaningful the experience is to me and how grateful I am for being able to have taken the course. the Qur’an constantly mentions the importance of being mindful and observant of what is in the heart. Dhamma teachers who are aware of this existing condition can be very effective by emphasizing those aspects of Dhamma that relate to personal worth. Vipassana directed my attention to the sense of basic goodness of all human beings and this resonated with the sense of value [that] Islam enlightened. My devotion to Islam grew out of how Islam helped me to become conscious of how valuable I am as a person. I am a much more tolerant. I began to emphasize the importance of being observant and attentive. these were words of wisdom. I try to instill a sense of value on caring about others. For instance. Now. I have shared what I have experienced in Vipassana with other Muslims.

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