some rare cases the fullest illumination occurs spontane- ously to
some fortunate being. Such a being blesses the generation in which he
or she happens to live and act. Andrew Cohen is one such being. He is
a modern Western mystic who shines like a light in darkness."
His Holiness Swami Chidananda
President, Divine Life Society
Andrew Cohen has been a teacher of enlightenment
since 1986. He is the author of twelve books on the spiritual life,
and founder of the award-winning magazine What Is Enlightenment?
Born in New York City in 1955, Cohen discovered his
passion for truth at the age of sixteen, when a spontaneous revelation
of "cosmic consciousness" opened his eyes to the spiritual dimension
of life. Some years later, as a result of that experience, he gave up
aspirations to become a musician and dedicated himself wholeheartedly
to its rediscovery. After several years of intensive spiritual pursuit
in the U.S., including the study of martial arts, Kriya yoga, and
Buddhist meditation, Cohen followed in the footsteps of a generation
of Western seekers to India. It was in India that he met his last
teacher, H.W.L. Poonja, in 1986, and experienced a life-changing
awakening. Shortly afterwards, Cohen began to teach.
In his sixteen-year odyssey as a teacher, Cohen has
forged an independent path in pursuit of truth. His own teaching has
been lauded as one of the most original and complete contemporary
expressions of awakened understanding. And perhaps most notably, he
has captured the imagination of the modern spiritual world by igniting
a dynamic international dialogue in the pages of his groundbreaking
magazine What Is Enlightenment? Ceaselessly questioning his own
experience and observing the examples of others, Cohen has emerged as
a defining voice in the quest to understand what it means to seek—and
attain—enlightenment in the twenty-first century. He continually
travels the world giving talks and extended retreats and meeting with
spiritual leaders and visionaries from every tradition.
In addition to his work as a writer and public
speaker, Cohen is spiritual mentor to hundreds of students around the
world who have come together to form the International Fellowship for
the Realization of Impersonal Enlightenment. Inspired by Cohen's
teachings, this network of communities is united in a commitment to
living the spiritual life not for personal gain but for the purpose of
discovering a different possibility for humanity. Centers dedicated to
this vision can be found in Europe, Asia, and the United States,
including an international retreat center in the Berkshire mountains
in western Massachusetts where Cohen now has his home.
Cohen's latest book, Living Enlightenment, (Spring
2002) has received accolades from many respected voices in the
spiritual, academic, and philosophical worlds. His other works include
the acclaimed Embracing Heaven & Earth (2000), Freedom Has No History,
An Unconditional Relationship to Life, and Enlightenment Is a Secret.
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