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Sufi Meditation (Tamarkoz): Journey from Mind to Heart

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Spring 2010
Cognitive Science 98/198
1-2 Unit(s)

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About the Course:

What is Tamarkoz®?

Tamarkoz® is the 1,400 year-old art of Sufi Meditation. The word Tamarkoz literally means concentration of abilities, and allows the student to connect with the reality within. Tamarkoz facilitates the journey of self-knowledge, as it enables the individual to connect to one's inner source of energy by accessing the energy centers of the body. The practice of Tamarkoz gradually develops and educates the inner capacities of calm, stability, balance, understanding, and love. Anyone can practice and benefit from Tamarkoz since Sufism knows no cultural, religious, or racial boundaries and also has no physical prerequisites. All practices work together to bring about peace and tranquility within oneself and the state of deep concentration brings about a process of purification. The aim of this process is for the student to cleanse the self from the societal boundaries imposed upon him/her. The practice of Tamarkoz exerts a profound effect on all levels of the being, including the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. The practice of Tamarkoz is unique to the MTO Shahmaghsoudi School of Islamic Sufism, developed by the current master of the school, Hazrat Salaheddin Ali Nader Angha. Tamarkoz goes beyond concentration, which is limited to the mind, and moves to the realm of the heart-enabling deeper meditation.  Tamarkoz is about connecting to our inner source of energy and power.  The goal of Sufi meditation is to enter the realm of the heart, where the gateway to knowledge begins to open. The human brain, just like a radio that has a scope of transmission-reception, has a bounded aptitude.  In order to increase this range, one has to appeal to those waves conceived in the heart.  Therefore, the student has to concentrate on his own heart to receive the news beyond the ability of the brain.  This heart mediated level is what in truth should be called meditation. When we meditate through the heart, we expand our finite consciousness and enter the infinite vastness where the ups and downs of this life and the physical self do not exist.

Class Objectives:

  • To learn Movazeneh and experience all other Tamarkoz components
  • To explore new abilities and creative expressions
  • To relax, release stress, and rest
  • To clear the mind and refocus
  • To lighten up, let go, and Be
  • To cleanse and get rid of negative emotions
  • To center and energize
  • To re-connect with nature and enjoy its beauty
  • To tune in, to remember, to be aware
  • To liven the spirit, and to feel alive
  • To learn about the practical aspects of meditation and its benefits
  • To know the spiritual aspects of meditation and its significance for the journey of self-knowledge

 

How to Enroll:

Requirements and Grading

Grades will be based on class attendance and participation. The class is meant to be relaxing, so come and enjoy! 

For One (1) unit:

Must attend all weekly class sessions. No more than three (3) absences.

Weekly Tamarkoz Journal Entries.

 

Breakdown:

Attendance……………………………………………………70%

Weekly Journal Entry………………………………2.5%/entry, 30%

 

Total…………………………………………………………..100%

 

For Two (2) units:

Must attend all weekly class sessions. No more than three (3) absences.

Weekly Tamarkoz Journal Entries.

Must read all reader articles and book excerpts.
Must write a three-page paper on an approved topic or on one of the assigned readings.

Can be turned in anytime before the last week of class (April 30, 2010).

 

Breakdown:

Attendance………………………………………………………50%

Weekly Journal Entry………………………………2.5%/entry, 30%

Research Paper………………………………………………………….20%

 

Total…………………………………………………………..100%

Course Contact: syousef AT berkeley.edu

Faculty Sponsor: Eleanor Rosch

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