Peter Lucas Hulen


Sufi PoetryIt is in and through their contemplative traditions that distinctions between religions begin to dissolve. Sufis are the great mystics of Islam, and Hinduism includes manifold contemplative traditions. The 13th- and 14th-century Persian poetry of Rumi and Hafiz and the 15th-century poetry of Kabir from oral traditions in various dialects of Hindi all translate into English as free verse.

It is no wonder that teachers from a variety of faith traditions make reference to this body of work. It holds a mirror to what is common among meditative practices of all faiths. These poems have held rich significance for me as I participated in Buddhist practice and found my way to meaningful engagement with Christianity.

My one poor effort at religious verse can be found HERE.