What Happens When Your Guru Disappears? – The Daily Beast

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I thought this was interesting. No one is immune to this kind of thing, especially teachers. It’s worth the read.

What happens when the guru up and quits?

The controversial American spiritual teacher Andrew Cohen did just that about two years ago, and his disappearing act became an enduring mystery in the New Age world. In June 2013, amid increasing allegations of abuse and cultish behavior, Cohen formally apologized in an open letter to his worldwide community of followers and voluntarily relinquished his 27-year reign as their “Perfectly Liberated Spiritual Master.”

Perhaps this is not earth-shaking news to observers accustomed to tales of cult leaders gone bad, but within the spiritual subculture, Andrew Cohen quitting his job and vanishing was a very big deal. Despite all “the blood and tears he left in his trail,” as he sometimes boasted, he had consistently weathered all attempts to expose and depose him, and actually seemed to be at the top of his game.

Source: What Happens When Your Guru Disappears? – The Daily Beast


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Sorry it’s taken so long to get back into the swing. Truth be told, we’ll be catching up for a while. The past couple of years have been interesting with growth on the part of Sangha participation and yet there’s been a steady withering away of our online presence. This is most likely because we simply let it slide. No excuses. Maintaining the blog, the videos and the podcasts ate away at time that needed to be spent in other areas. It’s all good, but we’ve narrowed what used to be wide. Our hope is to open up again in ways that allow for us to continue to spread a teaching that has been very helpful for many of us.

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Meditation Is No Fad. It Could Make Your Career…

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The recognition of meditations professional application, in my view, is such a welcome sign. I should also say that I’ve enjoyed my experiences at Wisdom 2.0 conferences.

My only concern with the article centers around the suggestion in the piece that the “code” of “enlightenment” is something that some teachers say can be cracked. While I agree that it’s reproducible – traditionally calledtransmission – treating awakening as something that can be commodified can’t help but water-down the teaching as well as its expression.

Its not just Google thats embracing Eastern traditions. Across the Valley, quiet contemplation isseen as the new caffeine, the fuel that allegedly unlocks productivity and creative bursts. Classes in meditation and mindfulnesspaying close, nonjudgmental attentionhave become staples at many of the regions most prominent companies. Theres aSearch Inside Yourself Leadership Institutenow teaching the Google meditation method to whoever wants it. The cofounders of Twitter and Facebook have made contemplative practices key features of their new enterprises, holding regular in-office meditation sessions and arranging for work routines that maximize mindfulness. Some 1,700 people showed up at aWisdom 2.0 conferenceheld in San Francisco this winter, with top executives from LinkedIn, Cisco, and Ford featured among the headliners.

Call me old-school, but spending time at the feet of masters helps prevent the proliferation of limited selves that think they’re Absolute.

Read on:In Silicon Valley, Meditation Is No Fad. It Could Make Your Career | Wired Business | Wired.com.

Spiritual But Not Religious

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Cool article…

There can be little doubt that traditional religious frameworks are no longer speaking to new generations as they have in the past, especially in the West. In a recent article in the LA Times, Philip Clayton, Dean of Faculty at Claremont School of Theology, writes that the fastest growing religious group in the United States is “spiritual but not religious,” containing a shocking 75 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29. Clayton argues that young people are not necessarily rejecting a sense of God, rather they feel that religious organizations are too concerned with money and power, too focused on rules and too involved in the structures of the political status quo.

This is why the Interspiritual Revolution is so important. In a recent book of magnificent scope, “The Coming Interspiritual Age” (Namaste Publishing 2013), Dr. Kurt Johnson, a former Anglican monk and evolutionary biologist, together with David Robert Ord, trace the history of the interspiritual movement from no less than the Big Bang.

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