“A person may study a whole library, may write fifty books and may read a thousand, yet all of this leads him nowhere. If any study is required, we need not go anywhere else, for our life itself is study, if we will only study it. For one who studies, life offers every opportunity; from morning till evening, every moment of the day, in the home, outside, at work, in leisure, in all things, there is something to study. No book can give the joy and the pleasure that human nature itself can give.”—Hazrat Inayat Khan
Are you wondering about the nature of life and what are we here to learn? Are you seeking to integrate spiritual principles and everyday life? Would you like to meet a warm, friendly and supportive community? Interested in learning about esoteric practices that help you cope with life’s challenges? The Sufi Order of Rochester offers all this, and more. Come and meet us!
On the spiritual path of awakening, we travel together as a group of friends. Our emphasis is on universal spirituality, respecting all religions and paths without dogma or compulsion. The Invocation below articulates the goals and values of this path. The teachings are grounded in a historical lineage and continue in the present with a focus on the needs and demands of modern life. We are open to all seekers wishing to explore the purpose of life, regardless of religion, including those with no specific affiliation. One may be Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, Muslim or Nature lover, and resonate deeply with the practical teachings of Sufism. There are many paths to Truth and the Sufi Order offers five Activities that respond to particular interests and attunements. Please explore our site for more information about the history of the Sufi Order and our activities and services. We welcome your interest and participation. Join us on our Facebook page, Sufi Order of Rochester.
Toward the One,
The perfection of Love, Harmony and Beauty,
The Only Being,
United with all the Illuminated Souls,
Who form the embodiment of the Master,
The Spirit of Guidance.
The Center for Sufi Studies at 494 East Avenue is located in the Carriage House behind the AAUW mansion (Carriage House is 492). We have made this place our true home, dedicated to sharing the Message of Love, Harmony and Beauty. If you are interested in participating, please contact us. Unless otherwise noted, all activities are held at our Center.
Visit the Spiritual Guidance page to learn more about our community leaders.