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Andrew Cohen & Ken Wilber

Radical Dialogues on Enlightenment and the Evolution of Consciousness.

Chronicled in the pages of What Is Enlightenment? magazine as The Guru and the Pandit, the following dialogues between evolutionary enlightenment pioneer Andrew Cohen and renowned integral philosopher Ken Wilber stretch the very fabric of human potential in the pursuit of the evolution of consciousness and culture.

Many of the most significant leaps in human development have been achieved by those rare individuals—creative men and women—who have dared to step beyond the confines of the status quo to create something novel, uplifting, and extraordinary. Less renowned, perhaps, are the evolutionary advances that have been achieved by a creative duo—a pair of individuals working together, comrades and colleagues, who are driven by a shared passion to change the world for the better.

Andrew Cohen, spiritual teacher, and Ken Wilber, spiritual philosopher, are such a team. Mapping the evolving edge of human potential and exploring the states and stages of consciousness, they function like a spiritualized fusion of Watson & Crick and Lewis & Clark, seeking to discern the deepest structures of human nature while continually pressing forward into new and uncharted terrain.

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The Guru and The Pandit
What Is Enlightenment? is courageous, inclusive, and penetrating in its exploration of questions vital to our time Duane Elgin

Enlightenment and Evolution

A Living Experiment in Conscious Evolution

In their latest dialogue, spiritual teacher Andrew Cohen and integral philosopher Ken Wilber turn their attention to the dynamics at work between Cohenís students, whose collective spiritual practice aims to push human consciousness to new levels.


The Evolution of Enlightenment

In this, the inaugural dialogue of a new serialized feature of WIE, integral philosopher Ken Wilber and WIE founder Andrew Cohen talk together about the implications of enlightenment in an evolving universe.


Exploring the Future of Religion

What would “spirituality appropriate” to our rapidly evolving times look like? Ken Wilber and Andrew Cohen consider new religious structures and the potential they have for bringing people together in a context that transcends the individual.


In Search of a New Moral Compass

The importance of a moral context for spiritual experience occupies the attention of Wilber and Cohen in this riveting exchange. They confront the ethical ambiguities of our time and re-insert morality into the discussion of postmodern spirituality.


A Vow to Live Forever

Cohen and Wilber take on immortality in this dialogue and explore the spiritual, philosophical, and ethical implications of wanting to live forever.


A Top-Down Perspective on Spiritual Transformation

Creating the Future

Cohen and Wilber take to the stage in Denver, Colorado, and explore the future of enlightenment—they also field a wide assortment of questions and articulate commentary from the audience—in their first-ever public dialogue.


Breaking the Rules

The West's foremost cartographer of consciousness joins the founder of WIE to discuss the anatomy of modern spiritual transformation. Together, they confront the prevailing cultural disposition that must be challenged if humans are to take the next evolutionary step.


Higher Integration

What does a second-tier, or integral, perspective signify? What does it look like, and how do we acquire it? These are questions that Cohen and Wilber address in this dialogue, which advocates a commitment to the very biggest perspective.


States of Consciousness and Stages of Human Development

God's Playing a New Game

Andrew Cohen’s twenty years of experience as a spiritual teacher provides dynamic counterpoint to Ken Wilber’s comprehensive integral theory. The result is more than an exchange of ideas, as “guru and pandit” bring their rigorous inquiry and passion to this lively exploration of Wilber’s new manifesto.


Following the Grain of the Kosmos

Wilber and Cohen exchange their understandings of how the developmental trajectory unfolds. They discuss the evolutionary impulse, what it is and why it’s significant, and differentiate between stages and states of consciousness.


Conflict, Creativity, and the Nature of God

The guru and the pandit discuss the relationship between belief systems, views of reality, and political orientation in this thought-provoking dialogue. In so doing, they describe the nature of the creative process and its role in the process of transcending old structures.


Transcend and Include

Cohen and Wilber turn their attention to how large-scale change actually takes place. They find that both including and excluding previous levels of development are part of the process of transcendence as they investigate how higher expressions of consciousness emerge.


The Resonance of Awakening

The importance of how the spiritual experience is interpreted is the focus of this conversation between Cohen and Wilber. They examine the impact of evolution on both culture and spirituality and delve into the nature of enlightenment in a world of evolving form.


Laying the Tracks for a Moving Train

In this, their 11th exchange, Cohen and Wilber explore how transformation is sustained in people. This leads to a discussion about the value of both spiritual experience and the framework in which experience is interpreted, and how each can lead to enlightenment.