Dialogue with Andrew Sweeny

A Dialogue with Andrew Sweeny & Andrew Cohen

How do we live an authentic spiritual life in a deeply secular culture?




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Joining Andrew Cohen at Manifest Nirvana this week for a unique dialogue session, we extend a very warm welcome to our special guest Andrew Sweeny of Parallax Coaching.

Andrew Sweeny is a writer, editor, Youtuber, podcaster, poet, musician, and teacher who spent 25 years practising different forms of Buddhist meditation, including Zen and Vajrayana. You can read more about Andrew and Parallax Coaching on his website, linked above.

In this inspirational meeting of minds, our speakers will consider and discuss a metaphysical question that is arguably the most urgent and important of all – a question to which, perhaps more than any other, we need to find a radical and enlightened answer.

We live in a highly sophisticated but largely secular culture that doesn’t recognise the primacy of spirit, and regards any kind of religious expression with deep suspicion. When spirit does show up, it is usually in its archaic, mythic or fundamentalist forms – or in the endless marketplace of the New Age, where spirituality is merely commodified.

How does one live an authentic spiritual or devotional life in such a setting? What would it, or could it, even look like in this heavily secular post-postmodern context? In Western culture, we have as yet tragically failed to answer this question.

Yet simultaneously, so many sensitive and intelligent people intuit the need for an urgent and fundamental shift of values towards a higher, more awakened engagement with life. For those who feel this deep longing, it can often seem that there is nowhere to turn.

Are there any contemporary vessels that can hold this essential human yearning? Can we uphold the deep mystery of spiritual awakening, while simultaneously embracing the very real advances of science, and the gifts of postmodernism?

Cohen and Sweeny explore the primal spark of the divine that still illuminates and animates the human heart, asking how we can begin to address this fundamental need to restore our relationship with spirit. What steps can we take, at both a personal and cultural level, that would lead to the emergence of new and more appropriate vehicles for the devotional, the sacred and the mystical?

The local times for this event are as follows:

8am PDT • 9am MDT • 11am EDT • 4pm UK • 5pm CET
8:30pm IST

Guests, Friends and Residents do not need to sign up for this teaching. Your membership gives you automatic access!

Just make sure you log in to Manifest Nirvana, then simply head to the Teaching Hall at the time of the event, and take your place.



Oct 08 2023


3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Oct 08 2023
  • Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm




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  • Andrew Cohen
    Andrew Cohen
    Resident Teacher

    Andrew Cohen is a spiritual teacher, author, cultural visionary and inspirational speaker. His work has been acclaimed by luminaries from all walks of life, from academics to philosophers to spiritual pundits.

    Andrew has become known for his willingness to boldly cast aside the sacred cows of the spiritual world. His work grapples with demystifying the wealth of knowledge found in the great wisdom traditions, and with making enlightenment deeply relevant to a post-modern audience.

  • Andrew Sweeny
    Andrew Sweeny
    Co-founder of Parallax Coaching

    Andrew Sweeny is a writer, editor, Youtuber, podcaster, poet, musician, and teacher who spent 25 years practising different forms of Buddhist meditation, including Zen and Vajrayana. With his wife Amelia Dor, he is also the founder of Parallax Coaching.

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