By Michael Wombacher
In eleven Days on the area, the writer joins religious instructor Andrew Cohen—a self-described idealist with innovative inclinations—in an exploration of an rising new religious paradigm. during this paradigm the conventional revelation of enlightenment is explored within the context of the evolving universe with actually mind-expanding effects. Cohen, as soon as a instructor of "personal enlightenment," now teaches enlightenment as a collective emergence – the emergence of a "higher we"—which he sees because the flooring for the emergence of a brand new tradition of enlightened values. right here we discover that position the place our non secular longing intersects with our deal with the realm, empowering either to degrees neither may well reach on my own. Uncompromising in his demand human transformation, Cohen is gifted as an radical non secular figure—unyielding in his call for for integrity—whose liberated cognizance and ruthless deconstruction of the cultural and non secular establishment have saved each person speaking. In popularity of his contribution to the philosophy of non secular idea, in 2004 he was once invited to deal with the Parliament of worldwide Religions, an strange honor for a guy sponsored through no confirmed non secular culture.
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The silence would commence the following morning. It was not uncommon on retreat for Andrew to select individuals who had made a relatively serious commitment to the teaching to 34 • 11 Days at the Edge participate in very concentrated practice for the duration of the retreat. m. m. m. m. m. m. m. m. m. m. m. m. m. m. m. m. m. m. m. I looked forward to the challenge and rigor of submerging myself in practice in a way I never could at home. This being my third silent retreat I had a sense of what to expect.
M. m. m. m. m. m. m. m. m. m. m. m. m. m. I looked forward to the challenge and rigor of submerging myself in practice in a way I never could at home. This being my third silent retreat I had a sense of what to expect. ) We would also be segregated from the others on retreat, sitting in a separate area of the dining hall. Finally, we would be discouraged from making eye contact with one another. In short, we would be truly on our own with only the teaching to guide us through our experience. My first silent retreat had come about two and a half years earlier, had tested me in the extreme, and had revealed in a dramatic and surprising way the insidious and ravenous nature of ego as well as the door to freedom from it.
We finally retired to bed. NOTES 1. Advaita: literally “non-duality”; a Vedantic doctrine that identifies the individual self (atman) with the ground of reality (brahman). It is associated especially with the Indian philosopher Shankara (788–820). 36 • 11 Days at the Edge 2. Kundalini: a yogic term indicating the latent female energy believed to lie coiled at the base of the spine. Through the practice of kundalini yoga that energy may be triggered, rising through the chakra (psychic energy centers associated with various aspects of human experience) system to open the chakra in the top of the head, inducing a state of enlightened consciousness.