Relations with the International Community

The World Subud Association (WSA) is a spiritual movement open to people of any religion or philosophy. Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, alongside secular humanists, agnostics and those of no specific religion, follow the experience of a simple spiritual exercise, referred to as the ‘latihan’. This is a spontaneous experience individual to each person, with no prescribed instruction or teaching.
For this reason it is not seen as a replacement for religious and spiritual teachings but as an experience that can complement them. Each person receives according to his or her own nature, and this spiritual practice enables many members to experience the content of, and follow their own faiths or to develop their own human understanding. Despite their different religions and views, Subud members share a common core experience which makes it possible to develop openness toward one another. This brochure (English, French) is a brief introduction to Subud.

The Subud organization holds to the common humanity of all people regardless of religion, race, gender, social, cultural or indeed political background. Part of the mission of the WSA is to foster authentic dialogue and peace processes. Relief from trauma, renewal of calm, developing a sense of awareness and care for the needs of others are aspects of the Subud experience, and the Subud association wants to learn from the experiences of other inter-spiritual groups, as well as contributing to such dialogues. The WSA has in the past participated in international fora related to inter-spiritual dialogue and other inter-related cultural and development issues pertaining to peace and harmony in the world.

Subud membership is open to anyone who sincerely wants to experience the latihan. However, the Subud association does not promote itself nor actively seek new members. In 2007, the WSA launched a year-long discussion among individual members, local groups and national committees about how to make Subud more open to the general public.

WSA has a social and humanitarian affiliate, Susila Dharma International Association (SDIA). SDIA holds consultative status with the United Nations as a Non-Governmental Organization.

The WSA cultural affiliation, Subud International Cultural Association (SICA), also includes a forum program. The forum exists to promote an exchange of ideas and practical experience among members and the community at large related to the development of humanity, especially relating to the social, educational, and cultural aims included in the aims of the WSA constitution.Individual Subud members engage with and contribute to international fora working in various fields including sustainability and world peace, on their own behalf.


Azaria Ulmer from the US attended the third meeting of the Coalition for the Initiative of a ‘UN Decade of Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue, Understanding and Cooperation for Peace’ in New York in March 2011. Her report begins: “The opportunity was given to each one to say briefly who we were and what organization we were representing. Here is a sample of a few of the organizations present: Bahai International Community, Brahma Kumaris, Federation of Islamic Association of Senegal, Monastic Interreligious Dialogue, The World Young Women Christian Association, and The World Council of Churches….”

[Note: This UN initiative promotes the proposal that the United Nations proclaim a decade on this theme and comes from a coalition of faith-based, interfaith, spiritual and values-based non-governmental organisations (NGOs). In 2009 Osanna Vaughn as WSA Chairlady and Amalia Rasheed as WSA External Relations Coordinator attended a peace coalition meeting in Australia for this purpose.]

REPORT ON NGO MEETINGS attended in Geneva related to the work of the UN
; by Osanna Vaughn
In 2010 Katherine Carré and Amalia Rasheed attended the UN NGO Committee meeting on Spiritual Values and Global Concerns (CSVGC); joined by Sharifin Gardiner, they also attended the Committee on the Environment. It was recommended and agreed that SDIA become a founding member of this newly formed Committee on the Environment. Sharifin is now one of four vice chairs.