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Issue 12  /  Fall–Winter 1997
The Modern Spiritual Predicament
An Inquiry into the Popularization of East-Meets-West Spirituality
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.

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From the Editors

Introduction to this issue by Andrew Cohen

Andrew Cohen
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."


Ken Wilber
A Spirituality that Transforms
America's foremost transpersonal theorist points beyond conventional religious pursuit to the revolutionary possibility of authentic spiritual transformation.

Georg Feuerstein
To Light a Candle in a Dark Age
A widely acclaimed scholar of Eastern religions laments the commercialization of esoteric spiritual teachings in the West.
Interview by Hal Blacker

Andrei Codrescu
The Disappearance of the Outside
A Romanian exile, social critic and poet talks about consumerism, spiritual subversion and the dangers of the seemingly real.
Interview by Simeon Alev

Dr. Laura Schlessinger
The Conscience of America
Could it be that America's #1 talk radio shrink is calling us to a higher moral standard than many of the most renowned spiritual teachers of our era?
Interview by Craig Hamilton

Sam Bercholz
Dharma in the Marketplace
America's largest Buddhist publisher discusses the myth of millennialism and the challenges of spiritual publishing in the New Age.
Interview by Susan Bridle