Online Course Series Part II
What is this course about?
This course is for those who want to deepen their understanding and experience of the developmental potential of the teachings of Evolutionary Enlightenment.
In order to participate, you must fulfil at least one of the following criteria:
- You have completed part one of the online course
- You have completed the self-study course
- You have a basic understanding of Evolutionary Enlightenment
- You have been involved in previous EnlightenNext activities
About Part II of the Online Series
Part one was an introduction to the fundamental principles of the teaching. This new instalment will afford you the opportunity, under Andrew’s guidance, to grapple directly with the principles that were learned in part one. There will be a greater emphasis on group discussion and intersubjective engagement, and each session will be followed by a review with Andrew of what was revealed in the discussion.
Through this process, your understanding of the teaching will gradually evolve from theoretical to practical to self-implicating to developmental. This will be a fascinating evolutionary journey and growth process that will require an intense level of focus and attention, coupled with a genuine willingness to learn.
At the very least, the practices learned on the course will significantly deepen your understanding of Evolutionary Enlightenment. At best, they will invoke a direct awakening to the non-dual in an intersubjective context – an experience that is at once thrilling, profound and endlessly compelling.
When practiced diligently and sincerely, Evolutionary Enlightenment opens a portal to the very edge of human consciousness potential. The goal of the teaching is not merely to awaken that potential, but to use the momentum of that potential to consciously and deliberately create an enlightened future.
There will be 12 weekly sessions in total beginning 26th August 2018. The course will follow the same curriculum as part one, but with a much greater emphasis on group practice.
Each session will take place on a Sunday at 11am EST • 8am PST • 4pm GMT • 5pm CET • 8:30pm IST and will consist of:
- 30 minute introductory talk by Andrew
- 45 minutes of guided group discussion
- 60 minutes of discussion with Andrew
THE NON-DUALITY OF BEING & BECOMING
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.
What is the relationship between these two apparently paradoxical facets of Absolute Oneness? We will explore this question in depth, both philosophically and as direct experience.
CLARITY OF INTENTION
In the teaching of Evolutionary Enlightenment, Clarity of Intention is the very 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.
THE TRUTH OF SUFFERING
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.
ABSOLUTE AND RELATIVE
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.
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 reveals to us a unique opportunity to cultivate radical autonomy and independence, not only from the relentless torment of our minds and emotions, but also from the time-bound experience of incarnation itself.
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?
THE FIRST THREE TENETS
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?
THE FOURTH AND FIFTH TENETS
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.
The emergence of intersubjective non-duality is one of the most important contributions that Andrew Cohen’s Evolutionary Enlightenment teaching has made to postmodern spiritual culture.
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.
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?
THE COUNTERCULTURAL IMPLICATIONS OF RADICAL SPIRITUALITY
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?
WRAPPING UP • Q&A • NEXT STEPS
The concluding part will be an open question and answer session, during which you will be able to share your experiences over the 12 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 people said about the online course...
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 nondual and the inter-penetration of these two realities. This is the ultimate truth, and only very rare human beings can speak of it so eloquently. Andrew delivers this knowledge with an exceptional level of clarity, presence and inspiration. He is steeped in the perennial philosophy and authentic lineage, and yet he brings a contemporary and evolutionary new edge to that which is forever true. There is quite simply no other teacher who can do this right now, with the level of precision and beauty that Andrew offers. In a loud spiritual marketplace that can be very confusing, Andrew is the real thing. His transmission will change your life forever - if you let it.Sally Adnams Jones PhD
Andrew Cohen's teachings are both brilliant and powerful in their simplicity. I have been a spiritual seeker for the past 25 years, and have experimented with multiple spiritual teachings, including those of Don Miguel Ruiz, Eknath Easwaran, Thich Nhat Hanh, Ken Wilber, Gempo Mertzel, Craig Hamilton and Jeff Carreira. I find Andrew's approach, temperament and commitment to be not only powerful, but also fully approachable. His dual approach of bringing more traditional spiritual teachings and meshing them with the ascendance of evolutionary spirituality creates a body of work that cuts through much confusion and distortion. Andrew Cohen is a truly inspiring teacher, both with his fierceness and his humor. I look forward to learning and growing with him for many years to come. Rudy
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 Gordon
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