Diverse Spiritual Discussion Marks Significance of Student-Teacher Bond

25 Spiritual Leaders of various denominations will engage in a dialogue March 26 led by EnlightenNext's Andrew Cohen

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LENOX, Mass. - In 1986, Andrew Cohen's life was forever changed by a spiritual awakening he had after meeting a renowned spiritual teacher. As a result of this encounter, he became a teacher himself.

Cohen, who founded EnlightenNext in 1988, will mark the 25th anniversary of the meeting with his teacher, the great Indian sage H.W.L. Poonja, on Saturday, March 26 with a day-long online celebration that will explore the transformative power of the student-teacher bond. "Awakening to Your Highest Self" will feature discussions with 25 cultural and spiritual luminaries from different traditions, all over the spiritual landscape- Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and others. Each individual will share their inspiring and intimate stories about the great men and women who inspired them, and how those relationships have helped shape their lives and work. As Cohen says, "I can't think of a better way to celebrate the power and significance of spirit in our world-and to honor the rare and inspired heroes who have helped make its presence clearer to us all." The online broadcast is a free event that will be available worldwide.

Featured guests include Jean Houston on Margaret Mead and French paleontologist and Jesuit Priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Lama Surya Das on Neem Karoli Baba, Rabbi Michael Lerner on Abraham Heschel, and many more.

The celebration continues on Sunday, March 27 with a follow-up broadcast. It will feature a discussion about
how the ongoing transformation of men and women impacts the transformation of culture, and what that cultural evolution means for each gender. The virtual seminar will later divide into two lectures, which will look at the qualities of a spiritually enlightened man and woman. Both will be led by Cohen, an internationally recognized spiritual teacher and author who will release his next book Fall, 2011.

About EnlightenNext: Founded in 1988 by Andrew Cohen, EnlightenNext is a global 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Lenox, Mass. Its principles are centered on the concept of Evolutionary Enlightenment, which aims to pair spiritual values and individual responsibility with the contemporary concerns of today's world through events, educational courses, and publications. EnlightenNext has additional locations in New York, Boston, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, India, and Copenhagen, and a membership base spanning 20 countries. It also has an ongoing slate of international events and conferences that are designed to help individuals directly participate in both personal and cultural evolution, and has published EnlightenNext magazine since 1992, which is now offered in five languages.

Additional Information
To register for the free event, go to www.enlightennext.org/webcasts
Leading up to the event, EnlightenNext is posting a series of blog posts on the various spiritual masters who
will be featured on the broadcast. To learn more about these inspiring individuals, visit
EnlightenNext is running an open essay contest, asking people to answer the question "Who Is Your Spiritual
Hero and Why?" Submissions are being accepted from now through March 23rd. The winner, chosen by
popular vote and panel selection, will be featured on the web broadcast on March 26. Learn more at

Students and teachers include:
Deepak Chopra speaking about Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Rajesh Dalal speaking about J. Krishnamurti

Jean Houston speaking about Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Jean Houston speaking about Margaret Mead

Lama Surya Das and Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati speaking about Neem Karoli Baba

Rabbi Michael Lerner speaking about Abraham Joshua Heschel

Swami Shankarananda, Master Charles Cannon, and Swami Chetananda speaking about Baba Muktananda

Lama Surya Das speaking about Kalu Rinpoche

Roshi Bernie Glassman speaking about Taizan Maezumi Roshi

Audrey Kitagawa speaking about Divine Mother Flora Nomi

Rupert Sheldrake speaking about Father Bede Griffiths
Jonathan Granoff speaking about Bawa Muhaiyaddeen

Annette Kaiser speaking about Irina Tweedie

Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi speaking about Rebbe Yosef Yitzchok Schneersohn

Swami Chidanand Saraswati speaking about Swami Brahmaswarupji

Swami Atmaswarupananda speaking about Swami Chidananda

Don Beck speaking about Clare Graves

Vernon Kitabu Turner speaking about Sant Keshavadas

Steve McIntosh speaking about Jesus Christ

Rollie Stanich speaking about Father Thomas Keating

Michael Zimmerman and Patricia Albere speaking about Werner Erhard

Jeff Salzman speaking about Ken Wilber

Nora Bateson speaking about Gregory Bateson

Swami Vimalananda speaking about Swami Sivananda

Sheikh Fadhlalla Haeri speaking about Swami Chinmayananda

Dadi Janki speaking about Brahma Baba

Sheikh Tosun Bayrak speaking about Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak

Marc Gafni speaking about Mordechai Lainer of Izbica