by Amir Freimann
Following the breakup of his 21-year relationship with his own spiritual teacher (Andrew Cohen), Amir Freimann launched a quest to discover the deeper realities of the student teacher relationship, logging over 1,000 hours of interviews with students and teachers. These interviews reveal the promises and perils of the guru-to-student relationship and explore hot-button topics such as the differences and similarities between therapists and gurus; the role of trust vs. rationality in the spiritual quest; and how money, power and sex are dealt with during the course of a student’s training.
Spiritual Transmission includes never-before-published dialogues with many prominent spiritual teachers, plus a revelatory afterword by renowned integral theorist Ken Wilber about the difference between Waking Up and Growing Up.
Interviewees include: Peter (Hakim) Young, Stephen Fulder, Christopher Titmuss, James Finley, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri, Saniel Bonder, Mariana Caplan, Mooji, Lakshmi, Barry Magid, Claire Slemmer, James Swartz, Diane Hamilton, Bill Epperly, Aliya Haeri, Thomas Steininger, Andrew Cohen, Peter Bampton, Carolyn Lee, Terry Patten, Steve Brett and Mary Adams.
“The theme of this important volume is ‘spiritual transmission’—the transmission of a special spiritual awareness from a teacher to a student—which is actually an issue that affects most forms of spiritual training. But its spiritual forms are especially associated with teachers known as ‘gurus’ and with the entire path of Guru Yoga. And that overall path is what I’m going to focus on, because the whole topic of there being a ‘guru’ or spiritual master is truly one of the most pressing and profound issues of our time.” —Ken Wilber, from the afterword
About the Author
Amir Freimann was born (1958) in a kibbutz and grew up in a small village in Israel. At the age of 17 he became deeply interested in spiritual-existential questions about the nature of consciousness, freedom, self and the Whole. He served in the Israeli army and became a pacifist after participating in the 1982 Lebanon War. He then studied medicine but at the end of the 5th year of his studies decided to devote his life to spiritual awakening. He spent 2 years meditating in a Zen monastery in Japan and over 20 years doing intense spiritual practice and engaged in philosophical-spiritual exploration in the community of EnlightenNext in the USA. In 2009 he left the community and moved back to Israel. Shortly thereafter he began interviewing prominent spiritual teachers and their students which lead to the publication of Spiritual Transmission, which is his first book.