American Guru

American Guru

by William Yenner


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American Guru is a multifaceted account of life in the contemporary

spiritual community known as EnlightenNext, and the controversial

"teaching methods" of its New York-born founder, self-proclaimed "guru"

Andrew Cohen. With contributions from several of Cohen's former

students, William Yenner recalls the thirteen-year trajectory of his

career as a leader and manager in Cohen's community--his early days as

an idealistic "seeker," his years of service on EnlightenNext's Board of

Directors, his ultimate disillusionment and departure,and his efforts to

make sense of his experiences as a once-devoted follower of a "Teacher

of Evolutionary Enlightenment." With wit and insight, Yenner and his

colleagues have produced a riveting cautionary tale on the dangers of

authoritarian spirituality, and an insider'scase study on the promises

and pitfalls of postmodern discipleship.

"William Yenner's courageous exposé, American Guru, is a powerful

reminder that all of our tendencies toward idealization of dharma

teachers must be carefully examined." -William Morgan, Psy.D., member of

the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy,co-author of Mindfulness

and Psychotherapy

"William Yenner's true, uncensored-and finally ungagged-moving personal

story, in combination with the powerful reflections, recollections and

contributions of other former community members, makes American Guru an

essential source document for the study and understanding of

authoritarian spiritual sects." -Hal Blacker, former editor of

EnlightenNext magazine

"American Guru is not a mean-spirited book. It is, rather, a

refreshingly honest one." -David Christopher Lane, Ph.D., Professor of

Philosophy, Mt. San Antonio College

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780982453056
Publisher: Epigraph Publishing
Publication date: 08/11/2009
Pages: 170
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.39(d)

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