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, and people follow this path from many countries around the world. Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee is the founder and sheikh of The Golden Sufi Center. His son, Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, has been fully authorized as his successor and is also a sheikh 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.
The Golden Sufi Center has published Daughter of Fire by Irina Tweedie and several books by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee including his most recent: Seasons of the Sacred: Reconnecting to the Wisdom Within Nature and the Soul, A Handbook for Survivalists: Caring for the Earth, a Series of Meditations, 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.