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A Living Experiment in Conscious Evolution
In their latest dialogue, spiritual teacher Andrew Cohen and integral philosopher Ken Wilber turn their attention to the dynamics at work between Cohenís students, whose collective spiritual practice aims to push human consciousness to new levels.
Issue 35
The Paradise We Seek
The Reverend Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault on the Christian path to ego death and the discovery of the true self
This Episcopal priest, author, and internationally recognized teacher of contemplative prayer addresses the modern face of contemplative practice, the transcendent potential of religious insight, and the ultimate liberation of women—beyond identification with gender itself.
Issue 33
Creating the Future
The Guru and the Pandit

Cohen and Wilber take to the stage in Denver, Colorado, and explore the future of enlightenment—they also field a wide assortment of questions and articulate commentary from the audience—in their first-ever public dialogue.

Issue 32
Real Gurus “Couldn't care less”
The dilemma of an Eastern master in a postmodern world
Issue 31
The Higher We
Issue 26
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
I Am not the Body; I Am the Soul
Breaking Limits with Sri Chinmoy

Find out how multi-Guinness-world-record-holder Ashrita Furman, a mild-mannered limitation-buster, is capable of accomplishing feats most of us couldn't—or wouldn't—even imagine.

Issue 22
Boomeritis & Me
Not Just a Book Review

One of our editors peers deep into Narcissus' mirror to reflect upon the spiritual implications of a pervasive cultural virus called boomeritis—the subject and title of Ken Wilber's recent novel.

Issue 22
When You Go Beyond the Ego You Become an Offering to the World

Known around the world as a radiant embodiment of unconditional love, Ammachi literally hugs everyone who comes to see her. But her disciples also know her to be a fierce and demanding guru. This captivating interview with one of India's greatest contemporary saints asks: What is compassion in the face of the ego?

Issue 17
What is Ego?
A Report from The Trenches
Issue 17
Is the Ego an Illusion?

From the jungle abode of South Indian sage Ajja to an interview with one of Hinduism's most respected scholars, WIE goes in search of the answer to the question: Is the ego only an illusion?

Issue 17
Yoga, Ego and Purification

In this groundbreaking interview—his first since being asked to step down as the director and spiritual teacher of the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health five years ago—a world-renowned yogi speaks candidly with Andrew Cohen about yoga, purification and the dynamics of trust in the student/teacher relationship.

Issue 17
The Enemy Within

What would Christianity's Desert Fathers have had to say about the ego in spiritual life? WIE travels to a remote Greek Orthodox hermitage to speak with an inspired modern-day renunciate about the passion for purification that burns at the heart of this ancient tradition.

Issue 17
What is Ego?
Friend or Foe...

Is the ego our fiercest enemy on the spiritual path or our greatest ally in negotiating the vicissitudes of life? What Is Enlightenment? magazine presents a provocative look at the true nature of this elusive phantom that lies at the core of the human psyche.

Issue 17
The 1001 Forms of Self-Grasping
or ... Do You Really Have to be Somebody Before You Can be Nobody?

Do we need to strengthen the ego before we let go of it? Is psychotherapy necessary on the spiritual path? A provocative dialogue with the psychiatrist and Buddhist meditation teacher who coined the phrase, “You have to be somebody before you can be nobody.”

Issue 17
The Man with Two Heads

What happens when you combine a leading transpersonal psychologist and an ordained Sufi sheikh . . . in the same person? WIE interviews the alter egos of Dr. Robert Frager, founding president of the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology and Sheikh Ragip of the Halveti-Jerrahi order of Sufis to find out how one man walks the line between psychology's endeavor to heal the ego and Sufism's call to destroy it?

Issue 17
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
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
War Cry
Issue 16
God's Playing a New Game
Integral Spirituality, Evolutionary Enlightenment, and the Future of Religion

Andrew Cohen’s twenty years of experience as a spiritual teacher provides dynamic counterpoint to Ken Wilber’s comprehensive integral theory. The result is more than an exchange of ideas, as “guru and pandit” bring their rigorous inquiry and passion to this lively exploration of Wilber’s new manifesto.

Issue 33
Spiritual but not Religious
Moving beyond postmodern spirituality
Issue 31
From What Is to What Ought to Be

“The spiritual power of the universe is not a morally neutral force,” declares revolutionary spiritual activist Michael Lerner in this provocative dialogue with Andrew Cohen on Judaism, enlightenment, and saving the world.

Issue 19