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The Aramaic Jesus: Unearthing a Native Middle Eastern Lineage of Mystics

Broadcast on June 27, 2023
With Neil Douglas-Klotz, PhD
Hosted by Taya Mâ Shere

Explore the hidden gospel of Yeshua, a Middle Eastern mystic, whose teaching and example — as seen through his native Aramaic language — reveal a wealth of wisdom and practice that address humanity’s challenges today. For more than 40 years, Neil Douglas-Klotz, PhD, has pioneered this work, and it's frequently referred to by other well-known authors internationally. Neil will share some “life lessons” and an experiential practice from his recent book Revelations of the Aramaic Jesus: The Secrets of Life and Death.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • Jesus as an embodiment of Holy Wisdom (Hakima), a universal archetype leading to him being experienced as the cosmic Christ
  • Jesus as an ancient disruptor who challenged the religious and spiritual status quo of his time
  • A simple chant and breath meditation revealed by Jesus' teaching in Aramaic
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Neil Douglas-Klotz, PhD

World-Renowned Scholar in Religious Studies, Spirituality & Psychology

Neil Douglas-Klotz, PhD, is a renowned writer, researcher, meditation teacher, and musician in the fields of Middle Eastern spirituality and the translation and interpretation of the ancient Semitic languages of Hebrew, Aramaic, and Arabic. Living in Scotland, he was for many years the co-chair of the Mysticism Group of the American Academy of Religion. He also co-founded the International Network of the Dances of Universal Peace in 1982.

A frequent speaker and workshop leader, he is the author of several well-known books. His books on the Aramaic spirituality of Jesus include Prayers of the Cosmos (1990), The Hidden Gospel (1999), Original Meditation (2003), Blessings of the Cosmos (2005), and Revelations of the Aramaic Jesus (2022). His books on a comparative view of Native Middle Eastern spirituality include Desert Wisdom: A Nomad’s Guide to Life’s Big Questions (1995, 2010) and The Tent of Abraham (2006, with Rabbi Arthur Waskow and Sr. Joan Chittister).

His books on Sufi spirituality include The Sufi Book of Life: 99 Pathways of the Heart for the Modern Dervish (2005) and A Little Book of Sufi Stories (2018). He has also edited four collections of the work of Middle Eastern mystic Kahlil Gibran and written a mystery novel set in the first century C.E. Holy Land entitled A Murder at Armageddon (2015). His biographical collections of the works of his Sufi teachers include Gardens of Vision and Initiation (2020, Samuel L. Lewis) and Illuminating the Shadow (2016, Moineddin Jablonski).

Neil Douglas-Klotz, PhD