Andrew Cohen
Biography & Resources


Andrew Cohen, founder of EnlightenNext magazine, is a spiritual teacher and acclaimed author widely recognized as a defining voice in the emerging field of evolutionary spirituality. A life-changing awakening in 1986 brought Cohen to the end of his own search for liberation while simultaneously starting him on an exploration of the meaning and significance of enlightenment for our time. This has led him to a profound investigation of the human predicament and into dialogue with sages, saints, and spiritual luminaries from nearly every tradition and beyond.

In 1992, Cohen released the first issue of EnlightenNext (formerly What Is Enlightenment), expanding his own inquiry through the public forum of a magazine and pioneering an innovative form of spiritual journalism reminiscent of classical Socratic dialogue. Over the last decade on the pages of EnlightenNext, Cohen has brought together leading thinkers—mystics and materialists, philosophers and psychologists—to call for a higher and wholly contemporary synthesis of the spiritual truths found in the East and the empirical rigor of the West. Through the magazine and his writings, Cohen is creating a new context for understanding enlightenment as a human evolutionary imperative. Together with a growing network of integral visionaries, including Ken Wilber and Don Beck, he is helping to define a culture of thought that places spiritual transformation at the center of any vision of transforming the world.

The Mission of WIE

A Living Inquiry

Andrew writes about the mission of the magazine and its plans for the future

selected books

Living Enlightenment: A Call for Evolution Beyond Ego
(What Is Enlightenment? Press, 2000)

Embracing Heaven & Earth: The Liberation Teachings of Andrew Cohen
(What Is Enlightenment? Press, 2000)

In Defense of the Guru Principle
(Moksha Press, 1999)

Who Am I? and How Shall I Live?
(Moksha Press, 1998)

Freedom Has No History: A Call to Awaken
(What Is Enlightenment? Press, 1997)

Enlightenment Is a Secret: Teachings of Liberation
(What Is Enlightenment? Press, 1995)

My Master Is My Self: The Birth of a Spiritual Teacher
(What Is Enlightenment? Press, 1995)

An Unconditional Relationship to Life: The Odyssey of a Young American Spiritual Teacher
(What Is Enlightenment? Press, 1995)

articles & interviews

Articles & interviews in EnlightenNext magazine

It's Hard to Be Happy! The Leading Edge of the Leading Edge
(with Ken Wilber)
Our Future Needs You! Women, Enlightenment, and the Evolution of Culture
(with Ken Wilber)
Creative Friction
(with Ken Wilber)
How a New World Is Born This Revolution will be Digitized
(interview with )
Divine Intervention God's Playing a New Game
(with Ken Wilber)
The Only Solid Ground in the Universe show all
Creating the Future
(with Ken Wilber)
To Be Soulful, You Have to Flow
(interview with Michael Beckwith, Rickie Byars-Beckwith)
Good Old-Fashioned Virtues for a New World Laying the Tracks for a Moving Train
(with Ken Wilber)
If You're Conscious, How Can You Die?
(interview with Peter Ragnar)
A Vow to Live Forever
(with Ken Wilber)
The Eternal Declaration Higher Integration
(with Ken Wilber)
We, the Unbelievers The Resonance of Awakening
(with Ken Wilber)
Authentic Leadership A New Spiritual Canon Transcend and Include
(with Ken Wilber)
The Higher We Conflict, Creativity, and the Nature of God
(with Ken Wilber)
The New Enlightenment Following the Grain of the Kosmos
(with Ken Wilber)
In Search of a New Moral Compass
(with Ken Wilber)
Cosmic Conscience From the Many to the One Exploring the Future of Religion
(with Ken Wilber)
The Challenge of Our Moment
(interview with Don Beck, Brian Swimme, Peter Senge)
Are You Ready to Change Now? Breaking the Rules
(with Ken Wilber)
Do Here Now! The Evolution of Enlightenment
(with Ken Wilber)
Come Together Compassion in Action: Roshi Bernie Glassman and Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati Is That Me Bleeding?
(interview with Roshi Bernie Glassman)
From What Is to What Ought to Be
(interview with Michael Lerner)
Don't Ask Why--Just Do Something!
(interview with Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati)
What Does It Mean to Be In the World But Not of It? There's No Escape from the World
(interview with Joseph Goldstein)
The World is Unreliable
(interview with His Holiness Penor Rinpoche)
Ripples on the Surface of Being
(interview with Eckhart Tolle)
What Does It Mean to Transcend the World? What is Ego? Is the Ego an Illusion?
(interview with Bannanje Govindacharya)
Yoga, Ego and Purification
(interview with Yogi Amrit Desai)
The 1001 Forms of Self-Grasping
(interview with Jack Engler)
The Transpersonal Ego: Is There a New Formation?
(interview with Kaisa Puhakka)
Men's Liberation? Women's Liberation? Gay Liberation? How Free Do We Really Want to Be? Liberation Without a Face What Is the Relationship Between Emptiness and Beautiful Nails?
(interview with Jetsunma Ahkön Lhamo)
I CAN vs. I AM: What Is the Relationship Between Self-Mastery and Enlightenment? God Helps Those Who Help Themselves
(interview with Evander Holyfield)
Isn't Life Just Great!
(interview with Jack LaLanne)
Integrating the Big Bang
(interview with Michael Murphy)
Who Is Ajja?
(interview with Ajja)
Introduction to Issue 14 Absolutely Not!
(interview with Stephen Batchelor)
Buddhism Advaita 101
(interview with Swami Dayananda Saraswati)
From the Editors The Heart of the Matter
(interview with Father Thomas Keating)
Sex Is Neutral The Promise of Perfection A Tantric Master
(interview with Barry Long)
Releasing the Unspeakable Glory of the Absolute Can Science Enlighten Us?: Introduction Final Purity Knowledge, Power and Enlightenment Liberation Without a Face is Total Revolution Mother of the Universe The Teacher and Liberation Should Be One and the Same A Crisis of Trust The Science of the Student/Teacher Relationship Spiritual Slavery and the Prostitution of the Soul