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Issue 45  /  September–November 2009
The Evolving Faces of God
New perspectives on the meaning of spirituality for our time
Featuring: Andrew Cohen, Genpo Roshi, Ken Wilber, Aliya Haeri, Jean M. Twenge, Jun Po Roshi, and Terry Patten. Plus: Mary Evelyn Tucker on the life of Thomas Berry; the Zen activism of Bernie Glassman; Elizabeth Debold on the state of womankind; an interview with quantum mystic Amit Goswami; and more.

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Andrew Cohen
An important message from the founder of EnlightenNext

Andrew Cohen

The Second Face of God


The Second Face of God

Andrew Cohen and Ken Wilber

In their latest conversation, the Guru and the Pandit discuss the many “faces” of God— God as Self, God as Other, and God as Cosmic Process—zeroing in on the one that alone holds the power to bring the postmodern ego to its knees.

Andrew Cohen and Dennis Genpo Merzel Roshi
Spirit Is Higher

What’s it like to be a spiritual teacher today? Evolutionary Enlightenment pioneer Andrew Cohen and Zen Master Genpo Merzel explore the dynamics of spiritual transformation, the future of Buddhism, and the role of the master-disciple relationship in a post-traditional world.

Andrew Cohen and Dennis Genpo Merzel Roshi

Aliya Haeri
The Soul Is Already Illumined

An Interview with Sufi Teacher Aliya Haeri

What would compel a modern American woman to become the third wife of a traditional Sufi master? Aliya Haeri tells the tale of her unlikely path to liberation and how the mysticism of Islam has forged in her a depth of spiritual devotion rarely found in Western culture.

by Elizabeth Debold

Jun Po Denis Kelly


The Making of a Modern Zen Master

With Jun Po Denis Kelly

From the psychedelic heights of Haight-Ashbury to the meditative depths of a Rinzai Buddhist monastery, Zen Master Jun Po Denis Kelly has done it all—and done it to extremes. In this compelling narrative, this self-described “Zorba the Buddha” regales us with stories of a life dedicated to going all the way.

by Ross Robertson

The Narcissism Epidemic

An Interview with Jean M. Twenge

There’s a plague sweeping our planet: Millions of individuals who grew up in the self-reflective afterglow of the 1960s are now hopelessly stuck on themselves. But it doesn’t have to be this way, says Dr. Jean Twenge, shining light on the difference between narcissism and true self-esteem.

by Joel Pitney

4 Quadrants
Cross-Training for the Soul

An Interview with Terry Patten

In Integral Life Practice, professional life coach Terry Patten has taken the term “spiritual but not religious” to the next level. He suggests that this integrated approach to transformation—a synthesis of the world’s best techniques for developing mind, body, and spirit—may mark the birth of a new twenty-first-century spiritual path.

by Carter Phipps


EnlightenNext Online


Discovery Cycle
The EnlightenNext Discovery Cycle

Announcing details on the first Conference for Evolutionaries,
May 15-17, 2010.

Homo Sapiens 2.0
PULSE: News from an emerging culture

Twitter gets spiritualized; an interview with evolutionary thinker John Stewart; Homo Sapiens 2.0; Robert Wright’s Evolution of God; Mary Evelyn Tucker on the life of Thomas Berry; defining “Eros”; kudos to Sulak Sivaraksa; the strange Zen of Susan Blackmore; and more.

Sky to Street
Bernie  Glassman
A New Breed of Bodhisattva

Zen Master Bernie Glassman is bringing his innovative, nitty-gritty, in-the-streets dharma to a whole new generation of spiritual activists.

by Joel Pitney

Voices from the Edge
What Do Women Want
What Do Women Want? Again . . .

A bold challenge for women to rise up and take the future into their own hands.

by Elizabeth Debold

Bystanders to Suffering
Bystanders to Suffering

A young American journalist finds herself confronted with the stark realities of Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war.

by Maura R. O’Connor

Goode Family

Reviews of books, film, and other media

Plus: Books for Evolutionaries with Connie Barlow; an interview with quantum mystic Amit Goswami.

Health by Peter Ragnar

Your Heart, Hormones, and Emotions

by Peter Ragnar


Evolutionary Enlightenment
Daring to Bear Witness

by Andrew Cohen