Andrew Cohen
Biography & Resources


Andrew Cohen, founder of What Is Enlightenment? magazine, is a spiritual teacher and acclaimed author widely recognized as a defining voice in the emerging field of evolutionary spirituality. A life-changing awakening in 1986 brought Cohen to the end of his own search for liberation while simultaneously starting him on an exploration of the meaning and significance of enlightenment for our time. This has led him to a profound investigation of the human predicament and into dialogue with sages, saints, and spiritual luminaries from nearly every tradition and beyond.

In 1992, Cohen released the first issue of What Is Enlightenment?, expanding his own inquiry through the public forum of a magazine and pioneering an innovative form of spiritual journalism reminiscent of classical Socratic dialogue. Over the last decade on the pages of WIE, Cohen has brought together leading thinkers—mystics and materialists, philosophers and psychologists—to call for a higher and wholly contemporary synthesis of the spiritual truths found in the East and the empirical rigor of the West. Through the magazine and his writings, Cohen is creating a new context for understanding enlightenment as a human evolutionary imperative. Together with a growing network of integral visionaries, including Ken Wilber and Don Beck, he is helping to define a culture of thought that places spiritual transformation at the center of any vision of transforming the world.

The Mission of WIE

A Living Inquiry

Andrew writes about the mission of the magazine and its plans for the future

selected books

Living Enlightenment: A Call for Evolution Beyond Ego
(What Is Enlightenment? Press, 2000)

Embracing Heaven & Earth: The Liberation Teachings of Andrew Cohen
(What Is Enlightenment? Press, 2000)

In Defense of the Guru Principle
(Moksha Press, 1999)

Who Am I? and How Shall I Live?
(Moksha Press, 1998)

Freedom Has No History: A Call to Awaken
(What Is Enlightenment? Press, 1997)

Enlightenment Is a Secret: Teachings of Liberation
(What Is Enlightenment? Press, 1995)

My Master Is My Self: The Birth of a Spiritual Teacher
(What Is Enlightenment? Press, 1995)

An Unconditional Relationship to Life: The Odyssey of a Young American Spiritual Teacher
(What Is Enlightenment? Press, 1995)

articles & interviews