The Gnostic Society is based in Auckland, New Zealand, and was established in 1986. Members work together to follow the teachings of Shaikh Abdullah Isa Neil Dougan who taught a system of working on oneself to achieve one’s psychological and spiritual potential. Abdullah emphasised selfless service and remembrance of God as key aspects of his teaching. He was a Naqshbandi Sufi but also incorporated ideas from the Gurdjieff system, Taoism, Buddhism, Gnosticism and many other sources in his teaching.



The first three objects of the Gnostic Society

  • a. to foster the truth that God and this Universe are One and that Man is an expression of this Unity;
  • b. to foster in humanity the constant desire for self-perfection so that they may learn to serve their fellow Men and God in modest stillness and humility;
  • c. to foster the teaching of love and understanding between all people with the aim of uniting all Men in the service of God;

In Auckland meetings are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and a Sufi Universal Worship service is held every second Sunday (see Meetings page for further details). Newcomers and interested people are welcome to attend. There are also groups in Northland, Wellington, and Christchurch.

If you wish to know more about the Gnostic Society or Abdullah’s teachings, please feel free to contact us here.

Further information about Abdullah, his books and paintings can be found on the Gnostic Press website. Sound clips of Abdullah talking to his pupils are also available on this site.