Give me freedom to fly without a shadow,
Give me freedom to sing without an echo,
and to love without leaving traces.
The Golden Sufi Center is the vehicle for the work of the Naqshbandiyya-Mujaddidiyya Order of Sufism. The purpose of The Golden Sufi Center is to make available the teachings of this lineage of Sufism. Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee is the founder and present sheikh of The Golden Sufi Center. His son, Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, has been fully authorized as his successor and a teacher in this lineage.
Naqshbandi Sufis (named after Bahâ ad-dîn Naqshband, d. 1389) are known as the "silent Sufis" because their practices are done in silence. They practice a silent dhikr and the silent meditation of the heart—God is the silent emptiness and is therefore most easily reached in silence. Through spiritual practice and following the principles of the path, the wayfarer is guided on the stages of the journey, back to the divine oneness that is experienced within the heart.
At present we have meditation groups in America in northern California, Los Angeles, Seattle, Boulder, Chicago, New York City, and New Hampshire. We also have meditation groups in a number of locations in Germany, Switzerland, England, Holland, Romania, Argentina, Chile, South Africa, and Australia.
The Golden Sufi Center has published Daughter of Fire by Irina Tweedie and several books by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee including his most recent: Spiritual Ecology: 10 Practices to Reawaken the Sacred in Everyday Life, For Love of the Real: A Story of Life's Mystical Secret, and Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth (2nd Edition). Audio and video recordings of talks by Irina Tweedie and Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee are also available.