Diving into Electric Gold
A conversation with David Lynch about meditation, enlightened filmmaking, and the secret of his creativity
Between Bliss and Devastation
Excerpts from an interview with Fleet Maull
In a series of stark vignettes told against the backdrop of fourteen years as a federal
prisoner, this close student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche captures both the pain of
self-betrayal and the ecstasy of self-discovery.
Finding Freedom in Captivity
Held hostage for five years in Lebanon, John McCarthy shares how a spiritual experience and a rare friendship turned a hellish ordeal into a transformative odyssey.
Fairway to Heaven
The bestselling genre of golf and spirtuality is heading to Hollywood
Enlightenment at the Speed of Life
How does the experience of enlightenment itself respond to the changing life conditions of the twenty-first century?
How can the changeless realization of enlightenment help humanity cope with our world of accelerating change? Twelve contemporary spiritual teachers bring timeless wisdom to bear on this twenty-first-century dilemma.
A Song that Goes on Singing
contemporary Christian contemplative, passionate scientist, and
philosopher speaks about the creative impulse behind the evolutionary design of the universe.
Is That Me Bleeding?
An American Zen teacher and world-renowned social activist speaks about the compassionate action that arises out of emptiness.
Transforming the Seeds of Corruption
The renowned Christian lay monk and interfaith activist believed that if we are to survive as a species there must be a spiritual awakening of the human heart, one that transforms the core of limitation into the seeds of transformation.
Toward Homo Noeticus
An evolutionary thinker gazes into the near future and sees the advent of a new kind of human being.
The Price of Liberation
An Eminent Buddhist Scholar Asks: How Middle was the Buddha's Middle Way?
What was the life of the monks really like in the Buddha's time? Buddhist scholar Peter Masefield presents an unembellished picture of the radical and austere life lived by those who ordained under the “Awakened One.”
Ripples on the Surface of Being
In this captivating interview, one of the contemporary spiritual world's newest stars speaks about the inward stillness he's discovered and what it really means to “transcend the world.”
The Transpersonal Ego: Is There a New Formation?
What would the Buddha, Ramana Maharshi, Sasaki Roshi and H.H. the Dalai Lama have to say about transpersonal psychology's perplexing predicament? We asked one adventurous transpersonal psychologist to channel the masters and find out.
No Escape for the Ego
“When the ego is cornered and has nowhere to go, the only thing one can do is to put it down. And when one puts down the ego, then that is enlightenment.” One of the world's most respected Buddhist masters—a lineage holder in both existing schools of Ch'an Buddhism—speaks about the joy of liberation, the pitfalls of the path and the one-pointed desire required to see through our attachment to a false sense of self.
Liberation Without a Face
A feminist activist and author interviews her male spiritual teacher about why women's liberation and spiritual liberation have nothing to do with each other.
Get Over It!
A Men's Movement Pioneer Calls for the End to "The Gender Game"
The author of Fire in the Belly: On Being a Man takes no prisoners in his critique of the men's movement, the women's movement, the gay movement and enlightenment.
Excellence Is Not Enough
“I'm not a great spiritual master. I'm only telling you what I believe as a thirty-eight-year-old man who has worked with a couple of million people from seventy countries.” A surprising dialogue with the world's foremost “peak performance coach” on gratitude, surrender and creating heaven on earth.
A Mind Like Water
“When I see my opponents fly through the air and fall at my feet without conscious effort on my part, I realize that I am a partaker of something greater than I can comprehend.” A poet, spiritual teacher and black-belt master of the Bushido way describes the astonishing effects of profound Self-realization on the human capacity for mental and physical mastery.
Just Do It!
“Who would you rather live with-an enlightened person who acted crazy or a crazy person who acted enlightened?” A former champion gymnast and author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior and Everyday Enlightenment insists that in real spirituality, actions speak louder than words.
Who Is Ajja?
A Meeting with the Absolute
“The one who was here is gone—someone else has come.” WIE introduces a little-known Indian farmer whose extraordinary experiences transformed him into a fully realized sage.
Introduction to Issue 14
What Is Enlightenment? Does Anybody Know What They're Talking About?
Conversations with leading proponents of Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta on the true nature of the spiritual path and goal. Contributors include H. H. the Dalai Lama, Helen Tworkov, Ramesh Balsekar, Swami Dayananda, Stephen Batchelor and Frances Vaughan.
An interview with Stephen Batchelor, Author of Buddhism without Beliefs
“Transcendence, to me, is a relative term.” A provocative inquiry into the nature of enlightenment with the renowned scholar and author of Buddhism without Beliefs.
The lessons of a Vedantic traditionalist who believes that studying the ancient scriptures, not having spiritual experiences, is the most direct route to profound nondual realization.
The Roar of the Timeless Beyond
A distinguished Pali scholar asserts that the Buddha's transmission of “right view” was nothing less than a transcendent revelation.
Making God Laugh
“There are no problems in life; the only problem is thinking.” A journey beyond time, space and the world as we know it with an outrageous modern Advaitin.
Is Buddhism Surviving America?
The editor of Tricycle, America's most popular Buddhist review, discusses the secularization of Buddhism in a culture “aggressively antagonistic to the pursuit of the unknown.”
A Tantric Master
“Not every man can take on five women and talk about love, life, God, truth and death and keep everything in order. Only a tantric master can do
The Promise of Perfection
What would it be like to live life free from the haunting conviction that something essential to our happiness is always missing? A captivating investigation into the true nature of desire that reveals with stark simplicity the way to liberation.
The Modern Spiritual Predicament
Are the great enlightenment teachings being watered down to appeal to our Western consumerist mentality? Includes an original article by Ken Wilber and interviews with Georg Feuerstein, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Deepak Chopra and NPR commentator Andrei Codrescu.
From the Editors
An Inquiry into the Popularization of East-Meets-West Spirituality
Releasing the Unspeakable Glory of the Absolute
“The degree to which we are willing to allow ourselves to respond to the call of the Absolute is the degree to which the explosive power of Truth and Love, unrestrained by the status quo, will make itself known in this world.”
Can Science Enlighten Us?
Science, Spirituality and the Revelation of the Unknown
Can scientific inquiry lead us to the same transcendent knowledge that the world's spiritual traditions speak of? Includes interviews with Huston Smith and Rupert Sheldrake, as well as articles by E. F. Schumacher and Fritjof Capra.
“Purity can become manifest only when one is able to live without reservation in the knowledge that one doesn't know and will never know.”
Knowledge, Power and Enlightenment
“When the knowledge of perfection is the ground of all conscious experience . . . that perfection becomes the very source of mind itself.”
Throwing Water at the Clouds
The Mysterious Powers of Pilot Baba
Are miracles real? A modern-day Indian yogi makes a convincing case for the supernatural. Written by Craig Hamilton.
Are You Ready to Change Now?
Enlightenment for the 21st Century
Everybody wants to get enlightened but nobody wants to change! Join What Is Enlightenment? as we explore our evolutionary potential through new models of individual and collective transformation.
Don't Ask Why--Just Do Something!
“I have such passion about what could be done!” A fiery Brooklyn-born guru and AIDS activist speaks out on suffering, detachment, and what it means to truly care.
Integral Transformative Practice: In This World or Out of It?
One of the most insightful philosophers of our times—the man who had the audacity to write a book entitled A Brief History of Everything—raises some intriguing questions about the relationship between relative spiritual practices and the direct realization of the nondual.
Sid Arthur of Sausalito
A postmodern fable about the perennial question: Should I stay where I am or should I give up everything in order to devote myself entirely to the spiritual quest?
Self-Acceptance or Ego Death?
Featuring: Deepak Chopra, Cheri Huber, Paul Lowe and Saniel Bonder
Has the traditional goal of ego death been replaced by the need to “accept ourselves as we are”? Four spiritual teachers comment on the popular new paradigm of self-acceptance on the path to liberation.
“I'm not a man, I'm not a woman. I'm at the next stage, which includes man, woman and lots of other genders!” A self-styled “gender terrorist” and postoperative transsexual presents her unorthodox prescription for “gender freedom.”
Orchestrating Our Many Selves
Jean Houston on the Fallacy of Self-Mastery
A pioneering researcher in the evolution of consciousness critiques the narrow focus of the term “self-mastery” and exhorts us to embrace the unlimited potential of what she calls “the possible human.”
Isn't Life Just Great!
The founding father of the American physical fitness movement—eighty-four years young and not slowing down a bit—shares his infectious positivity and passion for living, and explains why self-mastery is “the key to everything.”
Integrating the Big Bang
What is the result when enlightened master Ramana Maharshi is merged with champion bodybuilder Frank Zane? The cofounder of Esalen Institute describes his all-embracing “integral approach” to the realization of our human evolutionary potential.
Close Encounters of the Advaita Kind
The Euphoric Nihilism of Ramesh Balsekar
A mindbending conversation with a former president of the Bank of India now considered by many to be the successor of the great Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj.
Scientific Proof of the Existence of God
This physicist explains how his mystical realization that consciousness is the ground of being helped him to solve the troubling paradoxes of quantum mechanics.