Welcome to Ken Wilber's
The Fourth Turning: Exploring the Future of Buddhism
The Fourth Turning program features in-depth explorations of the evolution of Buddhism — where it’s been, where it is, where it’s going—while offering a powerful and comprehensive guide for enlightened living in the 21st century.
Below you will find a staggering 24 hours of high-definition video teachings by Ken Wilber and some of our most treasured Buddhist teachers: Diane Musho Hamilton, Doshin Michael Nelson Roshi, Patrick Sweeney, and Andrew Holecek.
In addition to the three historic turnings attributed to Buddha, there have also been three evolutionary turnings that Buddhism has undergone (four according to some accounts, if you include Tantra. If so, we would be talking of a “Fifth Turning,” but we’ll keep it simple with the more common three so far.)
The first evolutionary turning, Theravadan Buddhism, is based on the realizations of Gautama Buddha himself, who illuminated the path of nirvana (the end of misery). The second turning, Mayahana Buddhism, stressed that “nirvana and samsara are not two.” The third turning, Vajrayana Buddhism, added an exquisite set of practices for realizing our true nature.
It has been over a thousand years since the last major evolution of Buddhism. Since that time we have witnessed astonishing advancements in science, art, psychology, technology, governance, values, cultural attitudes, and almost every other facet of our lives. These developments have utterly transformed our humanity, redefining our very sense of self in radical ways, and have brought a dramatic increase of freedom and material abundance to the world at large.
Buddhism, it would seem, may now be ripe for yet another turning of the wheel.
What You'll Learn
About Ken Wilber
Ken Wilber is a preeminent scholar of the Integral stage of human development. He is an internationally acknowledged leader, founder of Integral Institute, and co-founder of Integral Life.
If you haven’t already heard of him, Ken Wilber is one of the most important philosophers in the world today. He is the most widely translated academic writer in America, with 25 books translated into some 30 foreign languages. Ken Wilber currently lives in Denver, Colorado, and is still active as a philosopher, author, and teacher, with all of his major publications still in print.
What makes Ken Wilber especially relevant in today’s world is that he is the originator of arguably the first truly comprehensive or integrative philosophy, aptly named “Integral Theory”. As Wilber himself puts it: “I'd like to think of it as one of the first believable world philosophies...” Incorporating cultural studies, anthropology, systems theory, developmental psychology, biology, and spirituality, it has been applied in fields as diverse as ecology, sustainability, psychotherapy, psychiatry, education, business, medicine, politics, sports, and art.
"If ordinary people don't perceive that our grand ideas are working in their lives then they can't develop the higher level of consciousness, to use a term that American philosopher Ken Wilber wrote a whole book about... The problem is the world needs to be more integrated, but it requires a consciousness that's way up here, and an ability to see beyond the differences among us."
-President Bill Clinton
Wilber explains the need for an Integral Approach in the following way: In our current post-modern world, we possess an abundance of methodologies and practices belonging to a multitude of fields and knowledge traditions. What is utterly lacking however, is a coherent organization, and coordination, of all these various practices, as well as their respective data-sets. What is needed is an approach that moves beyond this indiscriminate eclectic-pluralism, to an “Integral Methodological Pluralism” — driving toward a genuine “theory of everything” that helps to enrich and deepen every field through an understanding of exactly how and where each one fits in relation to all the others. Through the Integral approach, we reveal the previously unseen possibilities for a better, more compassionate, and more sustainable future for all of us.
In short, the Integral Approach is the coherent organization, coordination, and harmonization of all of the relevant practices, methodologies, and experiences, available to human beings. Ken Wilber states “You can’t [realistically] honor various methods and fields, without showing how they fit together. That is how to make a genuine world philosophy.”
The twenty-first century literally has three choices: Aristotle, Nietzsche, or Ken Wilber.”
– Jack Crittenden Ph.D., author of Beyond Individualism
Ken Wilber is also the founder of the Integral Institute, which is the first organization fully dedicated to advancement and application of the Integral Approach in relation to contemporary global issues. It was formed in collaboration with over 200 scholars and experts, specializing in education, politics, business, medicine, psychology, spirituality, as well as, law and criminal justice. The Integral Institute is currently partnered with Fielding Graduate University.
In 2007 Wilber co-founded Integral Life, a social media-hub dedicated to sharing the integral vision with the world wide community, as well as documenting and catalyzing the progress of the integral movement.
“The most comprehensive philosophical thinker of our times.”
–Tony Schwartz, the president, founder, and CEO of The Energy Project, and the author of What Really Matters: Searching for Wisdom in America
|Module 1||Introduction: Toward a Fourth Turning of Buddhism|
|Unit 1||Toward a Fourth Turning of Buddhism - Preview|
|Module 2||The Fourth Turning of Buddhism (Ken Wilber)|
|Unit 1||Invitation to the Fourth Turning of Buddhism|
|Unit 2||The Three Evolutionary Turnings of Buddhism|
|Unit 3||Some Possibilities for the Future of Buddhism|
|Unit 4||States and Stages, Views and Vantage Points (Part 1)|
|Unit 5||States and Stages, Views and Vantage Points (Part 2)|
|Unit 6||States and Stages, Views and Vantage Points (Part 3)|
|Unit 7||States and Stages, Views and Vantage Points (Part 4)|
|Unit 8||A More Integral Spirituality (Part 1)|
|Unit 9||A More Integral Spirituality (Part 2)|
|Unit 10||The Future of Buddhism|
|Module 3||Dragon Heart Reflections and Meditations (Diane Musho Hamilton)|
|Unit 1||Diane's Welcome|
|Unit 2||Interview with Diane|
|Unit 3||The Voice of Identity|
|Unit 4||The Voice of Tradition|
|Unit 5||Shadow Work|
|Unit 6||Dragonheart Reflections|
|Module 4||Satdharma Reflections and Meditations (Patrick Sweeney)|
|Unit 1||Interview With Patrick|
|Unit 2||Morning Teaching|
|Unit 3||Integral Buddhist Sadana|
|Unit 4||Satdharma Reflections|
|Module 5||Integral Zen Reflections and Meditations (Doshin Michael Nelson Roshi)|
|Unit 1||Interview with Doshin|
|Unit 2||First Teaching|
|Unit 3||Morning Service|
|Unit 4||Mondo Zen|
|Unit 5||Second Teaching|
|Unit 6||Conflict Liberation|
|Unit 7||Mondo Shadow Work|
|Unit 8||Third Teaching|
|Unit 9||Integral Zen Reflections|
|Module 6||The Now and Future of Buddhism in the West (Andrew Holecek)|
|Unit 1||Interview with Andrew|
|Unit 2||Reflections on the Turnings of Buddhism|
|Unit 3||The Now and Future of Buddhism|
|Module 7||The Fourth Turning of Buddhism Conference|
|Unit 1||Opening Address (Ken Wilber)|
|Unit 2||This Rare Moment|
|Unit 3||Dream Yoga|
|Unit 4||Taking Evolution Into Account|
|Unit 5||Buddhist Practice Through the Ages|
|Unit 6||Psychotherapy and Spiritual Traditions|
|Unit 7||Reflections on the Three Turnings of Buddhism|
|Unit 8||An Integral Consideration of Zen|
|Unit 9||Leading From the Heart|
|Unit 10||Stages of Spiritual Development|
|Unit 11||Fourth Turning Practice|
|Unit 12||How Has the Integral Perspective Changed Ken's Work?|
|Unit 13||Identifying as Integral|
|Unit 14||Mindfulness and the Limits of Scientific Inquiry|
Frequently Asked Questions
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- – Lifetime access to 47 teaching modules by Ken Wilber, Diane Musho Hamilton, Patrick Sweeney, Doshin Michael Nelson Roshi, and Andrew Holecek,
- – More than 24 hours of hi-def video teachings and practices,
- – Built-in journaling app for notes and personal reflections.