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Previous Events:

Religions' Sacred Teachings
and Their Inner Meanings
International Symposium
15th December 2013

Seeing God Everywhere:
Traversing the
Spiritual Journey
5th November 2011

An Ancient Psychology
for a Modern Era
The Journey of the ego self
to the Spiritual Self
International Symposium
4th December 2010

One Humanity, Many Faiths
Interfaith Summit
February 2009

Sufi Music and Zikr
by Al Madeheen
September 2008

Moulana Rumi and the
Perfume of Divine Love
International Symposium
December 2007

ABC Radio Interview
December 2007

UNESCO Moulana Congress
Tehran and Tabriz
October 2007

UNESCO Moulana Rumi
Istanbul and Konya
May 2007

Conference on the
Iranian Identity
December 2006

Dalai Lama meets
with Muslim and
Sufi leaders
April 2006

Sufi Meditation
on ABC Radio
April/May 2006

Life of Maryam (a.s.)
August 2005

The Unifying Role
Of Mysticism
International Symposium
October 2004

Peace and God Consciousness
- The Journey of the Soul
International Symposium
October 2003

Uniting & Dividing
Humanity - The role
politics & religion play
August 2003

Sufism & Self-Transformation
The Path of Knowledge
and Love
International Symposium
October 2002

An Evening with
Claudio Naranjo
September 2002

Unity Within Diversity
November 2001

The Message of Moulana Rumi
"Listen to the Reed
How it Tells its Tale...."
International Symposium
November 2000

The Need for Sufism in a
New Century - An Old
Tradition for a New World
International Symposium
May 2000

Previous Event:

An Evening with Dr Claudio Naranjo
"From Personality to Spirit"
- Enneagram -

September 2002

Claudio Naranjo, M.D.
A leader in the interface between psychotherapy and the spiritual traditions.

This was a rare opportunity to hear Dr. Claudio Naranjo, a world renowned psychologist, psychiatrist, author and Enneagram innovator. He has acted for many years as an experienced guide to people on the spiritual path.

Dr. Naranjo is the founder of the SAT (Seekers After Truth) Institute, Berkeley California, an integrative psycho-spiritual school, where he developed the Psychology of Enneatypes using the Enneagram. He is the honorary president of two Gestalt Institutes and Fellow of the Institute of Cultural Research in London.

He is considered to be one of the pioneers of the Human Potential Movement. His introduction of "Fourth Way" ideas to psychotherapy is an example of his work as an integrator between psychotherapy and the spiritual traditions. He allows psychology to serve a higher purpose.

He is a widely travelled, highly sought-after teacher and workshop leader who is primarily dedicated to integrative and transpersonal education, particularly in Europe and South America.


Claudio Naranjo studied medicine, music and philosophy in Chile, where he was also a resident at the University of Chile Psychiatric Clinic.

After moving to the United States, Dr. Naranjo was a member of the staff during the early stages of the Esalen Institute, where he became one of the three successors to Fritz Perls, the founder of Gestalt Therapy.

Later his life's pilgrimage brought him in contact with various spiritual masters including Swami Muktananda, Idries Shah, Oscar Ichazo, Suleyman Dede, H.H. the XVIth Karmapa, and Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche. Dr. Naranjo was also Research Associate at the Institute for Personality Assessment and Research on the Berkeley Campus and an Associate at the Institute of Personality and Ability Testing. He has taught comparative religion at the California Institute of Asian Studies, humanistic psychology at the University of California in Santa Cruz and meditation at Nyingma Institute in Berkeley, California.


The Enneagram is a system within the ancient Sufi tradition of spiritual development. It first appeared in the west through the Armenian mystic G. I. Gurdjieff who had learned it from the Sufis of the middle east. Oscar Ichazo, and then later Ichazo's student Claudio Naranjo, developed it into the Enneagram of the nine-point personality type which we know in the west today.

The Psychology of the Enneatypes is a valuable psychological tool that can help people to understand their fixations and personality entrapments and change their behaviour. However, the Enneagram's deeper purpose is to point to who we are beyond the level of personality.


In his book, "Ennea-type Structures", Claudio Naranjo says that he formulated a theory of neurosis that differs from Freud's libido theory and only partially coincides with the object relations view.

This theory is an existential interpretation of neurosis according to which the bottom line of all psychopathology is the loss of being (i.e. the absence of the direct experience or cognition of being). He calls this the "Nasruddin Theory of Neurosis", in reference to the well known story about Mullah Nasruddin, the famous sufi archetype of the 'wise-idiot'

Once Mullah Nasruddin was on all fours in one of the alleys at the market place looking for the very key to his house. A friend joined him in the search. Only after a long time had elapsed without success did the friend think of asking him "Are you sure that you have lost it here?" To which the Mullah replied " No, I'm sure I lost it at home." "Then why are you looking for it here?" "There is much more light here," explained the Mullah.

The central idea is that we are looking for the key to our liberation, to our ultimate fulfillment, in the wrong places. This error, which has gradually become a well constructed belief system, is the source of our unhappiness.

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