Ego Death

What is Ego Death?

“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”

― Joseph Campbell The Hero’s Journey




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There are many definitions of ego, and all the great traditions and teachings speak about ego death or transcendence in one way or another. But what does it really mean to transcend ego? What does it mean to “kill” the ego, and is it even possible?

Andrew Cohen has spent more than three decades looking into and wrestling with this question, both in his own inner experience and through the interior lives of his students. It’s a deeply subtle matter, and it goes to the very heart of the quest for enlightenment.

Every daring and serious seeker will at some point confront this ultimate predicament. In the context of enlightenment, this is the cave you fear to enter – and if you sincerely want to know the truth that the question reveals, you are indeed a brave and rare soul.

In Andrew’s teaching, the ego has two dimensions. The positive ego, which is the coherent, emotionally healthy self-organising principle of the frontal self. This is contrasted with the negative ego – the unhealthy, neurotic, wounded and divided self.

The truth is that enlightenment does not simply depend upon transcending ego. It depends upon the fatal wounding and ultimate transcendence of a very specific dimension of what Andrew calls the negative ego.

In postmodernity, this particular dimension of self has been given an elevated status that is, tragically, creating an almost impenetrable barrier to authentic spiritual awakening or enlightenment for countless people.

This barrier to enlightenment has become a cultural phenomenon. It has stealthily crept into the spiritual conversation, in the process attaining a seemingly venerated and sacred status. If left unchecked and unexamined, Andrew Cohen argues, it will keep us all imprisoned – spiritually unfree – forever.

To discover how a specific dimension of self is keeping you apart from ultimate freedom – and most importantly how it is absolutely possible in this life, here and now, to transcend it – tune in to the next bi-weekly masterclass with Andrew Cohen, live and direct from the Manifest Nirvana campus in Tiruvannamalai.

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.



Jul 02 2023


3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Jul 02 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.

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