The Wisdom of Sufism – Shaykh Burhanuddin

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The Wisdom of Sufism - Shaykh Burhanuddin


In this episode, I’m speaking with Sufi mystic, Shaykh Burhanuddin Herman. Shaykh Burhanuddin went through classic Sufi training for over 35 years, under the direct guidance of his master Shaykh Nazim al Haqqani, one of the most respected Sufi masters of our times. In this interview, Shaykh Burhanuddin talks about the main goals, principles, and practices of the Sufi path, his relationship with his master, what Sufi meditation retreats look like, and the importance of consistent spiritual practice. He also talks about some of the main challenges present in the spiritual path and gives advice on how to overcome them.

Topics Covered

00:00: Episode Introduction
1:01 – Shaykh Burhanuddin’s journey prior to Sufism, and first encounter with his master
11:41 – Practices and methods Shaykh Burhanuddin started with
12:28 – Retiring from music as part of his spiritual journey
18:15 – Overview of Sufism and stages of the path
36:18 – Main principles in Sufism
37:00 – Purity
44:09 – How practice is viewed is Sufism
47:46 – Engaging with the world vs. seclusion
51:32 – Why Shaykh Burhanuddin’s teachings include elements from other traditions and methods
54:02 – Single Player, Multi-player, and no-player mode
56:51 – Some of the most common challenges Shaykh Burhanuddin sees in his students
1:01:36 – How Shaykh Burhanuddin is teaching nowadays

Guest Bio

Shaykh Burhanuddin is a contemporary mystic of ancient tradition, called onto the Sufi path at a young age. In his teaching, Shaykh Burhanuddin combines methods from his Sufi Tradition with contemporary knowledge of psychology.

He started the practice at 10 with Yoga, and between the ages of 14-18 practiced meditation under the guidance of the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, within the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. At 18, Shaykh Burhanuddin met with the grandmaster of the Naqshbandi Sufi Order, one of the most ancient and authoritative of the many existing Sufi Orders, Mawlana Shaykh Nazim al Haqqani ar Rabbani, and went through the classic dervish training under the direct guidance of the Master.

He received a direct transmission of the Naqshbandi Sufi Order. Shaykh Burhanuddin is the author of three books, a musician and the founder of the Dervish Orchestra.

To learn and practice with Shaykh Burhanuddin check his courses, and live events on Innercraft and his website:

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