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Previous Events:

Religions' Sacred Teachings
and Their Inner Meanings
International Symposium
15th December 2013

Seeing God Everywhere:
Traversing the
Spiritual Journey
5th November 2011

An Ancient Psychology
for a Modern Era
The Journey of the ego self
to the Spiritual Self
International Symposium
4th December 2010

One Humanity, Many Faiths
Interfaith Summit
February 2009

Sufi Music and Zikr
by Al Madeheen
September 2008

Moulana Rumi and the
Perfume of Divine Love
International Symposium
December 2007

ABC Radio Interview
December 2007


UNESCO Moulana Congress
Tehran and Tabriz
October 2007

UNESCO Moulana Rumi
Symposium
Istanbul and Konya
May 2007

Conference on the
Iranian Identity
December 2006


Dalai Lama meets
with Muslim and
Sufi leaders
April 2006

Sufi Meditation
on ABC Radio
April/May 2006

Life of Maryam (a.s.)
August 2005

The Unifying Role
Of Mysticism
International Symposium
October 2004

Peace and God Consciousness
- The Journey of the Soul
International Symposium
October 2003

Uniting & Dividing
Humanity - The role
politics & religion play
August 2003

Sufism & Self-Transformation
The Path of Knowledge
and Love
International Symposium
October 2002

An Evening with
Claudio Naranjo
September 2002

Unity Within Diversity
November 2001

The Message of Moulana Rumi
"Listen to the Reed
How it Tells its Tale...."
International Symposium
November 2000

The Need for Sufism in a
New Century - An Old
Tradition for a New World
International Symposium
May 2000


Previous Event:

One Humanity, Many Faiths

Interfaith Summit for Peace & Harmony
in Australia & the Asia-Pacific Region

February 2009

More than 50 religious leaders gathered in Brisbane for four days for the largest Australian interfaith summit which organisers described as providing the roadmap for interfaith dialogue in Australia. Worldwide, there is increasing recognition of the vital role of faiths and religions in promoting peaceful and harmonious relationships within and across nations.  This interfaith summit brought together leaders, educators and scholars from diverse faiths and spiritual traditions as well as interfaith, multicultural, social, educational and peace-building organisations and institutions with leaders and government representatives from a number of countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

From the Australian Centre for Sufism and Irfanic Studies, Fatima Fleur Nassery Bonnin focused on how we could work to cultivate inner peace with her presentation entitled ‘Inner Peace and Spirituality’. She said:

“From our perspective in Sufism, to truly cultivate inner peace, one has to go through a fundamental shift within oneself which takes place in the spiritual journey. This journey cannot be mentalised and intellectualised, but rather experienced through day to day practice with the simultaneous expansion of awareness.”

She explained that real inner peace could only come from knowing God, which she explained was the purpose of creation. She then went on to highlight the role of the Sufi path of self transformation saying:

“To reach such a state of God-consciousness, one needs to go through ego transformation, which requires the shedding of the ego-personality attributes in order to arrive at the virtues which are dormant within us, in spite of all the distractions, smoke screens and veils that surround us and emanate from within us. The most powerful of these is the veil of one’s 'self'.”

Later Fatima Fleur Nassery Bonnin explored the paradox faced by the individual and the religions in this journey and explained:

“It is therefore man’s job to navigate this paradox by embracing religion, while allowing for increasingly expansive religious and spiritual understanding that can move beyond it.”

A book describing the findings from the talks is expected to be released at the end of the year.



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