Hafiz’s poetry has a spontaneous, heart-felt immediacy and playful urgency and importance, whether it be an expression of unbridled joy, cosmic irreverent laughter, or bittersweet, heartbreaking tenderness. Hafiz invites us into our deepest nature and a life fully lived.
My hope in this course is to help you find an experiential and practical path of awakening and meditation through the eyes of Hafiz and his poetry.
We’ll explore what it means to be human, to be alive, to surrender, to love, dealing with pain and uncertainty, what it means to be radically open, creative, wondrous beings.
This course is truly a joy and a dream for me to create and offer to you. I’m excited to invite you to join me on this path of Awakening with Hafiz.
I invite you to scroll down to see the course lessons, more about the selected poems, about me, and to sign up and begin your journey of Awakening with Hafiz
Ryan Oelke is a meditation teacher and founder of Awakening in Life. His work invites us into the extraordinary ordinary moment in front of us, to wake up as our deepest nature, and to live and respond to our lives from this presence.
Ryan teaches based on essential teachings of ancient wisdom traditions and adapts practices to our modern world. He has been a practitioner for over 17 years in the Buddhist tradition, in particular the Dzogchen lineage. He is also influenced by teachings and practices of advaita vedanta and Sufi poetry.
Ryan has an MSEd in counseling psychology, is a co-founder of Buddhist Geeks, and founder of PowerUp Productions.
Ryan makes his home in Asheville, NC and works with individuals and groups all over the world.
I have carefully hand-selected 10 poems of Hafiz out of several hundred rendered by Daniel Ladinsky. This was no easy task given the immense amount of amazing poems Hafiz wrote. And of course I’m able to do this thanks to the heart-felt, tremendous work of Daniel to bring us Hafiz’s poetry.
I focused on poems that I feel have a great deal of nuance and practical application packed inside them. Each poem could guide you for many years of practice through deep contemplation and meditation, and provide you a wellspring of wisdom and guidance for your daily life.
The poems in this course have been selected from the following works of Hafiz, used with permission from Daniel Ladinsky:
Want to know more about who Hafiz is? Read this wonderful article written by Daniel.