Beyond Differences: Sexuality, Gender, and Enlightenment
an interview by Elizabeth Debold
Newborn members of the human race come in two basic models: male and female. This indelible biological stamp, man or woman, will in large measure dictate how we think and feel about ourselves, how we will view the world, and how the world will view us. But when we embark on the spiritual path, what part does this core identity play? Are there distinct spiritual paths and practices for the two sexes? Should men and women aspire to the same realizations and attainments or should they differ?
In this intimate and detailed conversation with spiritual teacher Andrew Cohen, author Elizabeth Debold explores the teaching Cohen calls “liberation without a face.” Cohen maintains that if any of us, man or woman, truly wants to be free, then there is and could only be one path, one goal. He presents an innovative vision of the relationship between the ever-present reality of gender and the transcendent ideal of enlightenment.
Recorded on: 3/15/1999
Women and Spirituality
Contemporary Spiritual Teachers