Andrew Cohen is an internationally respected spiritual teacher, and the founder of Evolutionary Enlightenment. Raised in a secular Jewish family in New York City, he experienced a spontaneous revelation of cosmic consciousness at the age of sixteen, which eventually compelled him to embark on a lifelong spiritual journey.
A fateful meeting with the revered master H.W.L Poonja in 1986 sparked a life-changing awakening in him, and he quickly began developing a unique spiritual teaching. Departing radically from a traditional Eastern approach, Evolutionary Enlightenment calls not for transcendence of the world, but for a deep and heroic responsibility for its evolution.
Cohen has become known for his willingness to boldly cast aside the sacred cows of the spiritual world. His teaching work grapples with the challenges of bringing the revelation of enlightenment to a contemporary Western audience, integrating postmodern cultural and scientific understanding with an original and sophisticated non-dual philosophy.
In nearly three decades of teaching work, he has engaged with thousands of seekers worldwide, constantly evolving his teaching in response to direct dialogue with students, teachers and thought leaders. The community that formed around him eventually became known as EnlightenNext, with centres in seven countries.
From 1991 to 2010 he was the editor-in-chief of the award-winning EnlightenNext magazine, a publication that explored the deepest spiritual questions of our time with some of the world’s most noted visionaries.
In 2013, he stepped down from the organisation he founded. EnlightenNext soon folded, and Cohen went on a three-year sabbatical. What followed was a period of deep introspection, during which he spent time in Australia, India and Brazil.
His experiences during this time have brought about profound changes in both his teaching style and emphasis. First and foremost, Cohen has recognized that a deep sensitivity and receptivity is required to navigate the unique challenges of a radical spiritual path within a contemporary cultural framework.
Drawing on his own recent transformative experiences, he is now discovering new pathways through this most rarefied and delicate of territories.