The Sudden & Gradual Paths
A two hour teaching with Andrew Cohen
Saturday 11th May 2019
$0.00 - $50.00
In today’s growing spiritual marketplace, many great and powerful teachers place emphasis exclusively on the direct or “sudden” path to enlightenment.
The sudden path teaches us that we are already free. There is nothing to seek and nothing to be realised, other than the truth that we are always already free. No matter what we may think or feel, this is sole the truth of who we are.
Sudden vs Gradual: which path should we choose?
It’s absolutely true that when we let go of everything relative – time, space, and mind – we are absolutely free. We find ourselves blissfully released from the confines of the relative self, and in that timeless moment we recognise that freedom is our natural condition. We see and directly experience the truth that unenlightenment is only a thought, and that we were never unfree.
For many, the path to enlightenment begins and ends here. The ecstatic bliss that touches us deeply when we realise timeless freedom is all there is to know. The timebound experience of the human condition is an illusion, and the journey is over. There is nothing more to seek, and nothing more to do.
These direct and sudden experiences of awakened consciousness are powerful and potentially life-changing. They open our hearts and souls to the truth that profound awakening is possible in this life. If you have a long history of spiritual seeking, you've most likely had such a direct taste – or even many tastes.
But is this really the whole story? Is the entirety of our relative experience, all of the vast diversity of the natural world and the unfathomable majesty of the cosmos, merely a complex illusion?
If we are already free and there is nothing to do, why did the cosmos explode into existence 13.7 billion years ago? Why did mind and consciousness evolve in the first place? Why do we always return to the stream of time? And most importantly, why is it that so many of us struggle to live up to the truth of what is revealed to us by these sudden experiences of enlightenment?
The sudden and direct knowing of freedom is unchanging, because it does not exist in time. When we discover freedom, no matter how many times we return to that timeless realm, it is always the same. We are no more or less free than the very first time we discovered it.
But in the dimension of time and space, we are in a process of constant change. Our bodies and minds are temporal. We are works in progress. We are developing and evolving.
The gradual path teaches that enlightenment is an ongoing process of work and practice, and that it is not easy. In the gradual path, we must unravel and confront deeply uncomfortable truths about our own ego, and courageously face the fragility and suffering of the human condition.
If we are mature enough to realise it, the extraordinary truth is that there are two apparently contradictory truths. On the one hand, we are always already free, and there is nothing to seek or know, other than that truth. On the other, we are developmental beings undergoing a process of timebound change.
The hard work of spiritual practice is that of purifying the vehicle so that we are ever more aligned with the deepest truth of who we are in the lives that we are actually living. A developmental practice deepens our capacity to express and transmit the profound truth of freedom itself in the realm of time and space.
A truly complete and coherent path of enlightenment must embrace these two truths fully and wholeheartedly. Without the support of a developmental or “gradual” approach, the sudden path allows us to avoid the hard truths of our relative existence. But without direct realisation, we have no context – no sense of direction, and no anchor when the going gets tough.
Andrew Cohen offers a new and radical path to awakening that leaves no stone unturned in the pursuit of a truly enlightened life. Evolutionary Enlightenment fully embraces the two truths that we are already free and that we are going somewhere – that we are on an evolutionary journey.
In this special teaching event, you’ll discover how Evolutionary Enlightenment uniquely offers a bilateral approach to awakening in which these two reciprocal truths are fully embraced.
Date and Time
This is a live online teaching. It will take place via Zoom video call on
Saturday 11th May 2019
8am PST • 11am EST • 4pm UK • 5pm CET • 8.30pm India
There are three price options for this event:
- Concessions for students and unemployed (proof of status may be requested)
- Standard price of $25.00
- Support option of $50.00 if you'd like to support Andrew's work
The event will include:
Two hours of teaching with Andrew Cohen
Including one hour of in-depth one-to-one Q&A
Free recording of the webinar
To download and watch whenever you want a refresh
Connect with a growing community of serious Evolutionary Enlightenment students and adepts
Facebook discussion group
Share your experience with new spiritual friends
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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