Taoism and Sufism – The Open Path is a non-sectarian approach to spiritual realization

“Look, and it can’t be seen.
Listen, and it can’t be heard.
Reach, and it can’t be grasped.

Approach it, and there is no beginning;
Follow it, and there is no end.
You can’t know it,
but you can be it,
at ease in your own life.”

— Lao Tzu – from a Sufi source – http://sufiway.org/ – (a) home of The Open Path

The Open Path is a non-sectarian approach to spiritual realization offered by
the Sufi Way — a lineage of universal Sufism first introduced in the West in 1910 by the Indian mystic Inayat Khan.

Open Path trainings and retreats are held frequently in Europe and the United States. These programs are dedicated to the direct experience of our natural state — a state known as pure awareness, selflessness, nonduality, oneness, and by many other names. The Open Path is a process of natural enlightenment that belongs to everyone.

While the Open Path is inspired by the Sufi tradition, it is not limited to any doctrine or spiritual style, and you don’t have to “be a Sufi” to participate in Open Path programs. Rather, the Open Path is by its very nature open, emphasizing both direct experience and inclusivity of view and method.

In addition to Open Path programs, the Sufi Way offers a wide range of other programs, retreats, and individual guidance in Europe and North America, and community practice and activities through local centers.

Sufi Way teachings and practices draw from all traditions in a spirit of respect and creativity. Our heritage is both a classical Sufi lineage and an approach that is current and universal.

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The greatest treasures — simplicity, patience, compassion – Lao Tzu

“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are the greatest treasures.” — Lao Tzu

If you are depressed you are living…

“If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present.”

Attributed to Lao Tzu in Taoism

“…the past gives you an identity and the future holds the promise of salvation, of fulfillment in whatever form. Both are illusions.” Eckhart Tolle

Be content with what you have rejoice in…

Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.
Lao Tzu