“What is the self?” To the ancient East Indians, it is “the light of consciousness.” How can we as Westerners study the self, including such tantalizing questions as posed by H.H. the Dalai Lama, “is there a physical basis necessary for consciousness to be present?” Meditators have studied various aspects of the self from the first-person perspective for thousands of years. The more objective perspective used by modern science is comparatively new, yet it offers helpful tools to investigate the great question of the self.
In March 2009 EnlightenNext's Director of Education, Jeff Carreira, gave a presentation relating the development of American Philosophy to the spiritual teaching of Evolutionary Enlightenment. During the presentation he shared the ideas and lives of some of America’s most celebrated visionaries and examined how consciousness and culture developed during times of enormous change and creative growth.
"A Sangha is a community of resistance, resisting the speed, violence and unwholesome ways of living that are prevalent in our society. Mindfulness is to protect ourselves and others. A good Sangha will lead us in the direction of harmony and awareness. The substance of the practice is most important. The forms can be adapted." ~ Thich Nhat Hahn