This real-life story telling and dialog will be based on personal experiences with the spiritual practice methods that were taught by two exceptional men.
Having as a young monk seen the limitations of the book-and-monastery approach to Buddhism, in 1932, Buddhadasa Bhikkhu decided to go back to the source. He learned Pali, to be able to read the original texts, and he embraced Buddha’s way of (forest) life. In this way Buddhadasa found out that the essence of Buddha’s teaching, and of all religion, is different from what is usually taught.
Javad Nurbakhsh was a Sorbonne educated Psychiatry Professor and Head of Iranian Association of Psychiatrists, and the Master of the Nimatullahi Sufi Ordersince the tender age of 27. When asked in an interview “What can Sufism and Western psychotherapy learn from one another?” he answered “Sufism has nothing to learn from Western psychotherapy; Western psychotherapy has everything to learn from Sufism.”
Nothing could seem further apart from the mindful sobriety of a Buddhist than the ecstatic love-intoxication of a Sufi. And yet, as we shall see, the underlying problem and the intended result are in both cases precisely the same.
Dino Karabeg is a UCSD educated University of Oslo Associate Professor. He has studied and worked as instructor in Sheng Zhen Gong under Master Li Jun Feng, as black belt instructor in Tae Kwon Do under Grandmaster Sang Kyu Shim, and as person in change for the Nimatullahi Sufi Order in Norway under Master Javad Nurbakhsh. Having understood that what is commonly upheld as ‘the scientific worldview’ is no longer scientific, Dino focused his academic work on developing a better way to co-create and communicate culturally relevant insights.