Yannis Toussulis, Ph.D. is the primary successor of Mehmet Selim Ozic of Istanbul. He is also a traditionally authorized murshid in the lineage of Pir Nur al-Arabi, the Nuriyya-Malamiyya and an inheritor of six chains of transmission from the following Sufi Orders: Naqshbandi, Qadiri, Rifa’i Khalwati, Mawlawi, and Uwaysi. Dr. Toussulis is also the sole surviving successor of the late Hasan Sari Dede (d. 1997), a Qadiri-Rifa’i Shaykh and a great lover of Mawlana Jalauddin Rumi.
Dr. Toussulis serves as the spiritual director of the Itlaq Foundation which was named after the spiritual approach of Hasan Lutfi Susud, a malamati Sufi who influenced the later work of J.G. Bennett.
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Books By Dr. Toussulis(Reviewed in Sufi Magazine Issue 82, Winter 2012 By David Paquiot)
Dr. Yannis Toussulis’ Interviews
What is the Way of Blame in the Sufi tradition? It’s not likely what you’re thinking. Dr. Yannis Toussulis, psychologist, is the author of ‘Sufism and the Way of Blame: Hidden Sources of a Sacred Psychology.’ He currently serves as director of Itlaq Foundation – a non-denominational religious non-profit dedicated to Sufi Studies.
Dr. Toussulis formerly served as director of the Consciousness Program, Antioch University/West, and taught political psychology at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.Topics in this engaging hour include: What Sufism is; what the Way of Blame refers to; superfluous blame and guilt as obstacles; the Malamati school of Sufism, dating back to the 9th century; meaning; values; non-duality; the lack of the necessity to adopt a doctrinaire system of fixed beliefs; spiritual maturity; how the image of God changes as we do; obstructions to growth; martyrdom; dialogue; religious tolerance; his work with the last living representative of the Malamati school; the week’s tip for your Spiritual Tool Belt; and more.
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Articles by Dr. Yannis Toussulis
- Is it Possible to Discover the “Essence” of Sufism or Islam? by Dr Yannis Toussulis Author of Sufism and the Way of Blame
- The Cult of the Self by Dr Yannis Toussulis
- Differences Between Unity and Separation – A Vital Distinction by Dr. Yannis Toussulis
- Indications of Spiritual Narcissism by Dr Yannis Toussulis
- Is Sufism or Islam “The Answer?” by Dr. Yannis Toussulis
- Sufism and the Way of Blame featured on the Ibn Arabi Society book Notices for 2011