EnlightenNext Rishikesh

Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas on the banks of the Ganges is the sacred Indian town of Rishikesh. It was here in 1986 that Andrew Cohen first began to share with others the realization that was awakening in him. Since 1996 Andrew has returned to Rishikesh almost every year to lead retreats. The EnlightenNext Rishikesh Centre was opened in 1998.

In May 2008 the Centre moved to Green Valley Cottage, near the Swiss Bandhari Cottages in Tapovan. There is a weekly schedule of events and visitors are welcome to come any time to meditate, watch DVD’s about Evolutionary Enlightenment, or read from our library. All the events on our weekly schedule are free of charge.

"Traditionally, enlightenment has been defined as a profound awakening to the Ground of Being - an awakening in which the seeker finds liberation through transcending the world of time and space.

"But in the new enlightenment, which is redefined in an evolutionary context, the discovery of this primordial ground is not an end in itself. It becomes the essential foundation from which the individual is freed to participate wholeheartedly in the evolutionary process.

"What arises out of that ground is an impulse to evolve, which I call the Authentic Self, and the goal of Evolutionary Enlightenment is to liberate this creative principle in human consciousness so that it can transform us and the world around us."

- Andrew Cohen

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