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Pir Shabda Kahn
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Receive a Sufi practice to set your breath to the perfect rhythm — and create a calm, peaceful inner life, no matter what’s happening around you.

You might be surprised to learn that the root cause of every disease can be traced to the loss of the rhythm of your breath...

That’s because breath is life — and absolutely essential to the health and vitality of our bodies on the journey to fulfill the divine purpose of our lives.

Proper breathing is especially important in uncertain times like these, when so many of us feel anxious, helpless, frustrated, and angry...

When we experience disturbing emotions, the flow of our breath is interrupted, disorganizing our thoughts, tapping our strength and inner will, and stealing our peace.

With more tumultuous events unfolding by the day, creating a rhythmic breath practice can be the doorway to freedom and resilience.

Across the ages, mystics understood disease and suffering from the point of view of breath — and mastered ways to remedy the causes and conditions through rhythmic and refined breath work.

Join us for a powerful hour with Pir Shabda Kahn, a devoted disciple of Sufism for more than 50 years, as he shares a ryazat (spiritual exercise) called Fikr, a combination of breath and rhythm, in which a holy word is repeated in silence as you breathe rhythmically...

As dedicated Sufi practitioners have demonstrated for centuries, when you incorporate the practice of breath and intention into your daily life, your entire inner life becomes more orderly and filled with blessings.

Further, as Pir Shabda will share, humans have been given a great gift — by reciting sacred phrases, we CAN transform our consciousness and transcend our experience of our inner and outer worlds, even in the midst of turmoil.

In this 60-minute free online event, you’ll:

  • Discover the sound healing practice of placing a sacred sound on the breath — and why these sacred sounds (mostly in the root languages of Sanskrit, Tibetan, Aramaic, Arabic, and Hebrew) are so transformative when chanted with an open heart
  • Explore the many applicable lessons from Sufi mystics about keeping your thoughts in order, your will strong and powerful, your memory sharp, and your feelings calm and “normal” — even when you’re dealing with the very serious pandemic we’re facing
  • Learn the essential process of transcending your limited self (ego) so you merge with the greater Self — the divine presence
  • Explore how your breath goes on rhythmically whether you’re asleep or awake, keeping all pulsations in rhythm — and understand why your whole-body health depends on it
  • Be treated to a spirited song that Pir Shabda will perform for you and your fellow participants: “Drink With the Beloved”
  • Experience Fikr, a guided ryazat (spiritual exercise), and begin cultivating a daily breath and rhythm practice of your own

During this online event, you’ll also discover how you can deepen your work with Pir Shabda and practice mystic breathwork — to grow even stronger and more resilient during the precarious weeks and months ahead.

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What People Are Saying About Pir Shabda Kahn...

“... opens the gates of love, wisdom, and music...”

Pir Shabda is a master. In his work he opens the gates of love, wisdom, and music with a big and warm heart. He shows us how to embody the Sufi path of devotion and awakening right where we are.
— Jack Kornfield, bestselling author and teacher in the vipassana movement in American Theravada Buddhism

“Pir Shabda lights the way for us to embody and uplift our own humanity.”

Pir Shabda Kahn brings a blend of deeply rooted wisdom and playful humor, interwoven with musical genius and ecstatic devotion, to the path of the awakening heart. In modeling spiritual rigor and living a fully human life, Pir Shabda lights the way for us to embody and uplift our own humanity. His teacher, the great Sufi master Murshid Samuel Lewis, was known for his pioneering inter-spiritual work, which took the form the "Dances of Universal Peace.” Pir Shabda carries Murshid Sam’s lineage, introducing people around the world to this powerful peacemaking practice.
— Mirabai Starr, Author of Wild Mercy and Mother of God Similar to Fire

“... one of the rare master teachers on the subject of the mysticism of sound and breath.”

Pir Shabda Kahn is one of the rare master teachers on the subject of the mysticism of sound and breath. He brings humor and openness to his teachings.
— Murshida Taj Inayat, senior teacher, The Inayati Order

“Studying with Pir Shabda brings students into deep peace...”

Pir Shabda Kahn brings his decades of dedicated joyful Sufi practice and training, and his studies in many spiritual traditions to his teachings, giving direct transmission of the path beyond words, the underlying reality and truth that pervades all that is. Studying with Pir Shabda brings students into deep peace, loving kindness, and opens the door to the awakened consciousness of the great masters. A delight is in store for all who participate with him as he unveils the wisdom of the ages.
— Lama Palden Drolma, Founder and Senior Lama of Sukhasiddhi Foundation

“[Pir Shabda Kahn teaches] in a way that is both deep and accessible...”

Pir Shabda Kahn is a masterful teacher of Sufism. He brings a sense of grounded ease to all his talks, and always manages to teach in a way that is both deep and accessible, and never absent of fun!
— Pir Netanel Miles-Yépez, Head of the Inayati-Maimuni lineage of Sufism, and author of God Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown

“... masterful teaching with grace and integrity...”

I highly recommend experiencing Pir Shabda Kahn’s masterful teaching with grace and integrity. He has inspired me and many others on the path of fulfilling our creative potential.
— Glen Velez, 4-time Grammy-winning percussionist

“... an exquisite teacher of mysticism...”

Pir Shabda is a maestro of music, an exquisite teacher of mysticism, carrying Sufi lineages, Indian classical raga music, and Tibetan Buddhism. I am blessed to have him as a teacher for over a decade. Don’t miss this chance to learn from this awakened master transmitting his message through love, breath, and sound.
— Christine Stevens, Author, speaker, drummer, and music therapist

About Pir Shabda Kahn

Pir Shabda Kahn, a recent presenter in Shift’s Breathwork Summit, has been has been a disciple of Sufism since 1969. He is a direct disciple of Murshid Samuel L. Lewis (Sufi Ahmed Murad Chisti), and he worked closely with the great American mystic Joe Miller. Pir Shabda is currently the Pir (Spiritual Director) of the Sufi Ruhaniat International and the Director of the Chisti Sabri School of Music.

After living in a community with Baba Ram Dass on the East Coast, Pir Shabda met Murshid Sam and moved to San Francisco in 1969. In the fall of 1970, Pir Shabda had the good fortune to travel with Murshid Sam for five weeks as his personal assistant on the East Coast, which helped deepen his relationship with his teacher and the Path. He received his spiritual name from Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan in 1971, after Murshid Sam’s passing.

In 1973, Pir Shabda was initiated by Pandit Pran Nath, the Master North Indian classical vocalist, and began the daily practice of Raga singing in the Kirana style. Pandit Pran Nath, a Sufi mystic, requested that Pir Shabda carry on the 800-year-old oral transmission under the name of the Chisti Sabri School of Music, now an umbrella for teaching vocal music and performing Raga.

In 1984, Pir Shabda became a disciple of the illustrious 12th Tai Situpa Rinpoche, a venerated Tibetan Buddhist incarnate lama of the Kagyu Lineage.

Pir Shabda has appeared as a musician in concerts, including Visions for a Perfect World at New York’s St. John the Divine Cathedral. He has also performed for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, for New Music America in Chicago, at Delhi University Music School, and at Shivaratri Festival in New Delhi. He is one of a handful of Americans who have dedicated themselves to carrying on the legacy of the treasure of North Indian classical vocal music.

Pir Shabda married his wife Tamam in 1976, and they made their home in San Rafael, California. They have a son and daughter-in-law, two young granddaughters, and many godchildren.

As Pir of the Sufi Ruhaniat International, Pir Shabda directs the Jamiat Khas (the Ruhaniat leader circle), directs the SRI Board of Trustees, and is the spiritual director for the Dances of Universal Peace worldwide. He has a regular zikr meeting in Marin County, California, and travels the world throughout the year spreading the Sufi Message of love, harmony, and beauty. He brings warmth, humor, and clarity in his efforts to help seekers on their path to awakening.

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