A Veiled Gazelle by Idries Shah Review

This delightful little book of Teaching Stories from Sufi tradition is quirky, puzzling often unexpected. For those of us with an inkling that there is more to life than meets the eye, it offers much more. It can help us recognize the “Veil”: the...

Books Not Bombs

A brand new article by Margriet Ruurs about The Institute for Cross-cultural Exchange and me in the Fall Edition of Canadian Teacher Magazine. Aubrey Davis is the Canadian author of such popular books as Bagels from Benny, Bone Button Borscht & The Enormous...

Why don’t you make a pair of boots?

Nasrudin went to a shop of a man who stocked all kinds of bit and pieces. “Have you got nails?” he asked. “Yes.” “And leather, good leather?” “Yes.” “And dye?” “Yes.” “Then why, for Heaven’s sake, don’t you make a pair of boots?” Occasionally I manage to take...

ARE JOKES “SPIRITUAL”?

Spirituality is typically associated with religion, occultism, sacred texts or holy sites. What about jokes? Could they be “spiritual” in some way? The great poet and mystic Jalaludin Rumi thought so. He coined the phrase “Special Illumination” to stress the...