A Half-Day Seminar with Andrew Cohen on Saturday 5 February 2011, from 1.00 to 6.00pm in Paris, Cité Universitaire

Most of today’s East-meets-West spirituality is focused on living in the present moment. “Be here now,” we are often told. “Be in the moment.” According to spiritual teacher and cultural pioneer Andrew Cohen, the present isn’t really where the action is. Why? Because the present moment has already happened, so there’s not much that we can do about it. We’ve already arrived there. But the future, which always exists in the next moment, is something we can actually impact. The future is where the action is. It’s something we can get involved in creating.

Over the past twenty five years, Cohen has been developing a liberating new approach to the spiritual path based on a fundamental shift in emphasis from Being to Becoming, from timeless transcendence to conscious evolution. He calls this new teaching Evolutionary Enlightenment. On SATURDAY, 5 February, you can discover for yourself how it transforms nearly everything you believe about the process of changing yourself—and changing the world.

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Andrew Cohen is an internationally respected spiritual teacher, cultural visionary, and founder of the global nonprofit EnlightenNext and the award-winning EnlightenNext magazine. For the last twenty-four years, Cohen has been traveling the world giving public lectures and intensive retreats. Through his writings, his teachings, and his ongoing dialogues with leading philosophers, scientists, and mystics, he has become known as one of the defining voices of the new evolutionary spirituality.

Cohen’s foremost contribution to this emerging field is his original spiritual teaching: Evolutionary Enlightenment. A modern-day equivalent of the ancient wisdom teachings, Cohen’s work is no footnote to tradition but a distinct and innovative synthesis. He has brought the timeless depth of enlightened wisdom into the twenty-first century and significantly redirected its purpose and promise—calling not for transcendence of worldly attachment, or even for compassionate care and service, but for a deep and heroic responsibility for the evolution of human consciousness and culture. In this, he finds more in common with the great evolutionary visionaries of the last century, such as Sri Aurobindo and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, than he does with the ancient Eastern enlightenment tradition in which his own awakening occurred. And to both these streams of thought he adds a further element: a rich and nuanced understanding of the practical dynamics of individual and cultural transformation at our particular moment in history.

Cohen’s interest in cultural change is much more than theoretical. For more than two decades he has been intensively engaged with committed individuals and groups from around the world who are striving to put his teachings into practice. This engagement has, in turn, informed his thinking, creating a dynamic and fertile interplay between vision and practice, between idealism and realism. Among the many fruits of this work, perhaps the most significant have been a series of breakthroughs into collective or intersubjective spiritual potentials, and the active translation of these insights into new ways of living and working together—experimental prototypes for a new cultural paradigm. The values, perspectives, and principles being pioneered in this consciously created microculture are embraced and shared by a growing global movement of "evolutionaries."

In addition to his work as a teacher, Cohen is also dedicated to changing the cultural conversation about the purpose and significance of spiritual enlightenment in our time. This can be best seen in his flagship publication, EnlightenNext magazine, which has, in its nineteen years in print, become the premier forum and catalyst for serious discussion at the intersection of spirituality and culture. In its pages and in the live forums that have grown out of them, Cohen and his team of collaborators have engaged spiritual, religious, cultural, and scientific thought leaders in a dynamic inquiry about the nature of inner and outer evolution. Cohen’s unusual perspective and commitment to dialogue have led to invitations to speak at numerous forums over the years, including the Parliament of the World’s Religions (2004, 2009), as well as universities, spiritual centers, and business settings around the globe.

EnlightenNext has centers worldwide, and members in more than 20 countries. Author of seven books, including Enlightenment Is a Secret and Living Enlightenment, Cohen is currently writing a new book on Evolutionary Enlightenment to be published in Fall 2011.

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