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The Rose and the Lotus is a compendium of explorations of two of the world’s largest wisdom traditions, Sufism and Buddhism, and what the practitioners of these two approaches have in common and may have to learn from each other. It includes chapters on important teaching texts, ancient and modern and the clues they give for practice, interviews with esteemed teachers such as Shaikh Kabir Helminski, Roshi Bernie Glassman, Tibetan philosopher Geshe Sonam Rinchen, as well as memories and reflections on teachers such as Javad Nurbaksh, Idries Shah, and Inayat Khan. It includes a new look at the mystic works of Nobel Prize winner Doris Lessing and their usefulness in contemplation practice. Yousef Daoud PhD, also published as Joe Martin, has been a practitioner of both Sufism and Buddhism. The author of eight books, he teaches meditation as well as spiritual performance practice. On Rumi’s MATHNAVI: A Stage Adaptation “Absolutely remarkable and memorable! It was as if I had gone to a party, and had been offered an entire pot of gourmet food … but with ever new bite I felt even hungrier [It] was endowed with a complex simplicity or a simple complexity! It was all very inspiring and enlightening … It felt as if the actors analyzed Rumi’s stories, lifting the veils one after another.” – Lida Saeedian, Author and co- translator of The Pocket Rumi. “Joe Martin’s adaptation of Rumi’s classic work is educational, moving, and most importantly, highly entertaining. … extremely relevant and timely …” – Jon Klein, playwright and author of Dimly perceived Threats to the System. On Parabola: Shorter Fictions “...through the tightly structured geometry of this metaphorically rich [work is] recognition of the search we undertake to fix a place for ourselves … and try to make sense of a confusing, alienating and often combative world.” –Cheryl Pallant, High Performance

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