When You Hear Hoofbeats Think of a Zebra

When You Hear Hoofbeats Think of a Zebra

Talks on Sufism Shems Friedlander

This volume speaks in the idiom of the Sufi - tales and parables that instruct the inner self. This handbook of is for those who seek to awaken to a life of clarity and meaning from the sleep of modern times. An American distills the ancient wisdom of the Sufis, bringing spiritual insight to contemporary Western lives.
Shems Friedlander has studied with Sufi sheikhs throughout the Middle East - in Mekkah, Madinah, Cairo and Istanbul. In this book, he presents ancient Sufi teaching stories and parables rooted in the Islamic tradition. With common sense and insightful wit, he addresses questions and problems of contemporary life and awakens our attention to the often overlooked moments that give importance and meaning to our days.

Through the retelling of classical stories and his running commentary, a pattern unfolds that helps to distinguish knowledge from information, reality from imagination, and makes what seems to lie beyond our perception, understanding and belief accessible.