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Diving into Electric Gold
A conversation with David Lynch about meditation, enlightened filmmaking, and the secret of his creativity
Issue 37
What Is Liberation for Women Today?
24 extraordinary women give their answers
Issue 37
Big Wave Surfing
Tales from the “Unridden Realm”
Issue 33
Getting Clear About Enlightenment
Not Just a Book Review of Arjuna Ardagh's The Translucent Revolution
Issue 31
A Vision of Soul Consciousness
Dadi Janki describes how her teacher awakened her to the life Divine
Issue 31
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.

Issue 29
A Not-So-Trivial Pursuit
ENLIGHTEN: A new board game puts your faith to the test
Issue 27
Finding Freedom in Captivity
Beyond Limits

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.

Issue 26
Fairway to Heaven
The bestselling genre of golf and spirtuality is heading to Hollywood
Issue 25
Enlightenment Unplugged
Not just a book review of Walter Truett Anderson's The Next Enlightenment
Issue 24
From the Many to the One
Enlightenment for the Twenty-First Century
Issue 23
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.

Issue 23
A Song that Goes on Singing

This contemporary Christian contemplative, passionate scientist, and philosopher speaks about the creative impulse behind the evolutionary design of the universe.

Issue 21
From the Editors
Issue 19
Is That Me Bleeding?

An American Zen teacher and world-renowned social activist speaks about the compassionate action that arises out of emptiness.

Issue 19
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.

Issue 19
Awakening to Total Revolution: Enlightenment and the World Crisis

“Spirituality is the seed, and social action is the fruit born of it,” writes Indian spiritual master and social activist Vimala Thakar in a compelling essay exploring the true meaning of wholeness.

Issue 19
Toward Homo Noeticus

An evolutionary thinker gazes into the near future and sees the advent of a new kind of human being.

Issue 19
What Does It Mean to Be In the World But Not of It?
A Report from The Trenches
Issue 18
Time is the Enemy
A Review of Eckhart Tolle's "The Power of Now"
Issue 18
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.”

Issue 18
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.”

Issue 18
What is Ego?
A Report from The Trenches
Issue 17
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.

Issue 17
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.

Issue 17
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.

Issue 16
From the Editors
Issue 16
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.

Issue 16
From the Editors
Issue 15
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.

Issue 15
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.

Issue 15
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.

Issue 15
Advaita
Introduction
Issue 14
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.

Issue 14
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.

Issue 14
Absolutely Not!
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.

Issue 14
Buddhism
Issue 14
No Independent Existence

The Dalai Lama speaks about the nature of emptiness and the meaning of enlightenment.

Issue 14
Advaita 101

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.

Issue 14
From the Editors
Issue 14
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.

Issue 14
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.

Issue 14
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.”

Issue 14
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 that.”

Issue 13
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.

Issue 13
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.

Issue 12
From the Editors
An Inquiry into the Popularization of East-Meets-West Spirituality
Issue 12
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.”

Issue 12
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.

Issue 11
From the Editors
Issue 11
Final Purity

“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.”

Issue 11
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.”

Issue 11
Dancing on the Edge

A feminist speaks candidly about women and liberation.

Issue 10
Towards the Spiritual Liberation of Women
From the Editors
Issue 10
Liberation Without a Face is Total Revolution
An essay on liberation beyond gender

An essay on liberation beyond gender.

Issue 10
The Challenge of Emptiness
Vimala Thakar on the Spiritual Emancipation of Women
Issue 10
Set Them on Fire!
A Portrait of a Modern Sage
Issue 10
The Teacher and Liberation Should Be One and the Same
Three articles by Andrew Cohen
Issue 9
Is College Good for the Soul?
Groundbreaking surveys track the higher power in higher education
Issue 26
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.

Issue 24
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.

Issue 22
In Search of Babaji
WIE Tracks Down the Elusive Yogi-Christ of the Himalayas
Issue 21
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.

Issue 19
What Does It Mean to Transcend the World?
Featuring Interviews with Eckhart Tolle and Joseph Goldstein
Issue 18
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.

Issue 18
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?

Issue 18
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.

Issue 17
Gender Outlaw

“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.”

Issue 16
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.”

Issue 15
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.”

Issue 15
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.

Issue 15
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.

Issue 14
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.

Issue 11
Mother of the Universe

An inquiry into the relationship between love and discrimination.

Issue 10