Evolutionary Enlightenment

Evolutionary Enlightenment: 14 weeks of online tuition


Andrew Cohen Online Courses

Evolutionary Enlightenment

A 14-week introductory course

What is this course about?

Over a period of 14 weeks, Andrew Cohen will take you on a thrilling journey into his seminal teaching Evolutionary Enlightenment. The course will provide an in-depth introduction to the fundamental principles of the teaching, and an experiential taste of Andrew's radical perspective on what enlightenment means in the 21st century. 

The course will include:

  • A deep dive into the metaphysical perspective of evolutionary non-duality.
  • The role that evolutionary non-duality has in enabling us to live a spiritual life in the world without compromise.
  • The profound distinction between Being and Becoming.
  • How and why the states of meditation and enlightenment are one and the same.
  • An exploration of the nature of suffering, and why a deep understanding of its role in the human experience is so fundamental to the quest for enlightenment.
  • A deep examination of why the process perspective is an essential foundation for taking the leap into the experience of intersubjective non-duality or what Andrew calls a “Higher We”.
  • A discussion about the pivotal role that fellowship or community plays in the path of radical transformative spiritual practice.

There will be 14 sessions in total beginning 9th February and concluding 11th May 2019. There will be 12x 150 minute classes, consisting of a one hour talk, breakout groups and a Q&A session. Two sessions will be provided for self-study, and we will supply audio and written material for you to work with.

Each session will take place on a Saturday at 8am PST • 11am EST • 5pm CET • 9:30 pm Indian Standard Time .


We are offering a free introductory Zoom video call during which you'll be able to get a direct taste of what this course offers.

Andrew will present an overview of the course, and will also answer any questions you may have about how it will help your own spiritual development and aspirations.

The call will take place on:

Sunday 27th January

8am PST • 11am EST • 5pm CET • 9:30pm Indian Standard Time.



Session 1 (Feb 9th 2019)


A profound grasp of the meaning of non-duality is the very foundation of any authentic mystical perspective. The direct realisation of non-duality or Absolute Oneness is both elusive, and profound beyond measure.

In Evolutionary Enlightenment non-duality is recognised to have two paradoxical qualities. Being is the timeless, formless ground of all-that-is, the felt experience of Peace. Becoming is the felt experience of evolutionary urgency. Being and Becoming together represent the metaphysical totality of everything, both manifest and unmanifest.

Session  1 will focus on the Being aspect and meditation.

Meditation is the practice of transcending the mind and conditioned thought process. Through mastery of meditation we can directly discover the primordial source of unconditional freedom.

The consistent practice of meditation provides the opportunity to cultivate a rare degree of radical autonomy and independence – not only from the relentless turmoil of our minds and emotions, but also from the time-bound experience of incarnation itself.

being and becoming

Session 2 (Feb 16th 2019)


Session 2 will focus on the Becoming dimension, and how we can align ourselves with the creative principle that gave rise to the cosmos in all its complexity.

We will also examine the relationship between Being and Becoming – what is the relationship between these two apparently paradoxical facets of Absolute Oneness? We will explore this in depth, both philosophically and as direct experience.


Session 3 (Feb 23rd 2019)


In the teaching of Evolutionary Enlightenment, Clarity of Intention is the foundation of spiritual practice. Cultivating the desire to be spiritually liberated more than anything else is the fulcrum around which the spiritual life turns.

But what does it really mean to want to be free more than anything else? What are the implications for the lives we are already living? We will explore the profound transformative power of this principle from multiple perspectives.


Session 4 (Mar 2nd 2019)


The Buddha's first Noble Truth is the truth of suffering. Pain and misery, both physical and emotional, are perennial facts of life for virtually all sentient beings, and agonising existential suffering is a postmodern epidemic.

The quest for spiritual enlightenment is often motivated by a desire to escape from suffering. Only by fully facing into the seemingly unbearable nature of this truth will we be able to aspire for spiritual liberation while embracing the totality of our humanity.


Session 5 (Mar 9th 2019)


You will be provided with a relevant audio chapter from Andrew's book Evolutionary Enlightenment, which we would like you to listen to in full. To accompany the audio, you will be provided with some written material, including some questions. We'll ask you to contemplate the material, and write down your thoughts on the questions.


Session 6 (Mar 16th 2019)


The Buddhist two truths doctrine states that there are two fundamental dimensions of reality. One is absolute and one is relative.

The absolute exists beyond time, space and mind, and is the ultimate transcendental context. The realisation of this is the source of spiritual liberation or enlightenment. The relative is the entirety of all manifestation, evolutionary becoming and everything that emerges from it: quarks, atoms, molecules, planets, galaxies, plants, animals, humans, cultures and worldviews.

The absolute is the infinite and indestructible context in which everything that can be seen, felt, touched and thought appears. The relative is the ever-expanding context of relatedness that evolution has given rise to.

The attainment of spiritually-awakened clarity depends upon the deepest grasp of the distinction between these two truths.


Session 7 (Mar 23rd 2019)


You will be provided with a relevant audio chapter from Andrew's book Evolutionary Enlightenment, which we would like you to listen to in full. To accompany the audio, you will be provided with some written material, including some questions. We'll ask you to contemplate the material, and write down your thoughts on the questions.


Session 8 (Mar 30th 2019)


The Buddha was once asked whether associating with like-minded people was part of the Holy Life. His answer was that associating with like-minded people is the whole of the Holy Life.

We will discuss in detail why the cultivation of spiritual friendships and communion based upon shared higher values and aspirations is the most potent catalyst for inner development and perpetual evolution.

How do we bring the challenging ideals of spiritual community into the cultural tumult of the 21st century?


Session 9 (Apr 6th 2019)


Clarity of Intention • The Power of Volition • Face Everything and Avoid Nothing

The first three tenets of Evolutionary Enlightenment provide a complete teaching. When practiced with sincerity, the first three tenets can show us the direct path to right action, spiritual independence and true integrity.

Together, the first three tenets challenge us to ask the question: if we sincerely aspire to be free here and now, what is the right relationship to our mind, emotions and life choices?


Session 10 (Apr 13th 2019)


The Process Perspective • Cosmic Conscience

The fourth and fifth tenets call us to heroically embrace an Evolutionary context and a Kosmocentric perspective in relationship to our personal experience and within the human experience as a whole.

They point us far beyond the small-minded, self-centred world of the separate self or ego, directly revealing the bright-awake-ecstatic energy and intelligence that drives and animates the creative process.


Session 11 (Apr 20th 2019)


The discovery of intersubjective non-duality is one of the most important contributions that Andrew Cohen’s teaching has made to postmodern spiritual culture, and a cornerstone of Evolutionary Enlightenment.

This is when the experience of enlightened awareness transcends the boundaries of subjective interiority and becomes the intersubjective ground through which we can communicate with each other, directly from the mind of enlightenment itself.

It is the awakened field of shared consciousness through which the ascending drive of the Evolutionary Impulse communicates with itself through us, as us.


Session 12 (Apr 27th 2019)


To awaken to the Evolutionary Impulse is to have a directly felt experience of the energy and intelligence that created and is creating the universe. Its nature is to endlessly give rise to ever greater levels of complexity and wholeness.

The Evolutionary Impulse is the utopian drive that animates the entire cosmos. Its nature is an inherent perfection that endlessly strives to give rise to that perfection, in and as the material universe, through the messy creative process of manifestation and emergence.

How do we consciously awaken to this thrilling impulse that is the beating heart of the cosmos?


Session 13 (May 4th 2019)


When we first awaken to higher states of consciousness and begin to experience the unconditional freedom of the ground of being, we see for the first time that we have unknowingly been prisoners of our own mind. We recognise the conditioned ways of thinking that we have unconsciously absorbed from culture.

These experiences awaken us to possibilities of change and higher developmental potentials that we never imagined possible. They can profoundly threaten the status quo not only of our own minds, but also of the world around us.

What is the significance of this countercultural awakening to the evolution of culture itself?

next steps

Session 14 (May 11th 2019)


The concluding part will be an open question and answer session, during which you will be able to share the experiences and insights you've had over the 14 weeks of the course.

Andrew will also give direction on how you can develop and sustain stability in your practice, and talk about the next steps you can take to deepen your understanding and experience of Evolutionary Enlightenment.

What's included?

  • 12x 150 minute teachings with Andrew Cohen

    Live via Zoom video call, including one hour of in-depth Q&A with Andrew.

  • Two self-study audio sessions

    An audio chapter from Evolutionary Enlightenment, and written material for study.

  • Video and audio recordings

    You'll have lifetime access to all the sessions, so you can watch and/or listen whenever you need a refresh.

  • Private Facebook group

    You'll have exclusive access to a private group where you can meet and discuss with all your course alumni.

  • Instructions for daily meditation practice

    Detailed and specific instructions for powerful daily meditation practice directly from Andrew.

Frequently asked questions

What people are saying

Andrew Cohen's teachings are brilliant in their simplicity. I have been a spiritual seeker for 25 years, and have experimented with multiple teachings. I find Andrew's approach, temperament and commitment to be not only powerful, but also fully approachable. His dual approach of merging traditional spiritual teachings with evolutionary spirituality cuts through much confusion and distortion. Andrew Cohen is a truly inspiring teacher. Rudy
As a scholar, I live in a world where people are passionate about articulating the nature of the dual world. Andrew Cohen is different – he is pioneering the articulation of the non-dual and the inter-penetration of these two realities. There is quite simply no other teacher who can do this right now. In a loud and confusing spiritual marketplace, Andrew is the real thing. His transmission will change your life forever, if you let it. Sally
I feel a deep sense of honor and joy having been a part of Andrew's first Evolutionary Enlightenment online course. His stable and enlightened presence allows room for the full discovery of me in a relative sense and also provokes an ongoing and living desire in me for true freedom and liberation. Karen
Evolutionary Enlightenment was the recognition of my own deeply felt truth. Awakening to the absolute is one thing – staying awake and becoming a conscious agent of evolution takes something else. Andrew shook me up by detecting a flaw in my thinking that I didn’t realise was there. I had lost my ability to totally surrender. The Universe needs me to want to be here – I can embrace this fully now. Thank you Andrew for unwaveringly following your calling.Andrea
Reading Andrew's brilliantly written book "Evolutionary Enlightenment" took me on a wild journey beyond time and space, and helped me to envision an extraordinary collective future. But his physical presence at a recent teaching enabled me to reconcile the relative mortal self with the eternal Self Absolute, as partners in the bliss of infinite creativity. This wonderful, unique and very simple fusion of radical teaching and deep meditation changed my perception about dealing with daily life forever!Henk
With Evolutionary Enlightenment, Andrew Cohen continues where other Advaita teachers stop. His unique way is an integration of Being and Becoming. All that sitting on a cushion and tuning in to the silence and the void is beautiful. But there is more. Beyond the silence, we are also the relentless momentum of creation itself. Silence is no longer an end in itself, but a way of tuning in to that which longs to manifest through you. After numerous journeys with so many teachers, deep inside I can sense that this is so true.Erica

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12 live sessions and two audio sessions