School of Ancient Wisdom Teaching (Sat 25th July)
Relative vs. Absolute Truth
“What is the relationship between absolute reality and the relative world we inhabit?
The Buddhist two truths doctrine states that there are two fundamental dimensions of reality: one absolute, one relative.
The absolute exists beyond time, space and mind, and is the ultimate transcendental context. The realisation of this is the source of spiritual liberation or enlightenment.
The relative is the entirety of all manifestation, evolutionary becoming and everything that emerges from it: quarks, atoms, molecules, planets, galaxies, plants, animals, humans, cultures and worldviews.
The absolute is the infinite and indestructible context in which everything appears – everything that can be seen, felt, touched and thought. The relative is the ever-expanding context of relatedness that evolution has given rise to.
The attainment of spiritually-awakened clarity depends upon the deepest grasp of the distinction between these two truths.”
— Andrew Cohen
This free talk is organised in partnership with The School of Ancient Wisdom. All Guests, Friends and Residents of Manifest Nirvana are welcome to join the call.
- Andrew CohenResident 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.