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...creating a place where students can study Conscious Leadership, science and spirituality, mindfulness, intuition...

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Lawrence De Rusha founded the non-profit Institute for Higher Spiritual Learning in 2011. His vision was to create a place where students could study science and spirituality, Western and Eastern religions, and creativity while also receiving contemplative and meditation training. He was modeling it after Nalanda University, a Buddhist University that flourished in India from the 6th to the 12th centuries, that attracted scholars from a wide variety of disciplines and religious traditions. In a similar way the institute (now Evolve University or Evolve U) seeks to attract scholars from a wide variety of disciplines and traditions. Like Nalanda University, Evolve University helps students—through meditation and contemplative practice—find the deeper meaning in their daily life, academic disciplines, and artistic work.

In 2016 the Institute was reorganized to more closely fit the model and renamed Evolve University. Upon the reorganization in 2016, Rev. Scott Jenkins joined as co-founder and trustee along with Karen Grayson, Ph.D. As part of the realignment with the original vision, and because of the state of the world, we recognized the need to provide a specific educational experience of Conscious Leadership in either or both domains of spirituality or business.

The website Science and Nonduality says:"If our civilization is to be saved from its own excesses, it is urgent to answer the longing of those with a deep spiritual intuition who cannot find their way through a religious world so alienated from the contemporary mind. It is vital to give birth to spiritual paths which are 100% compatible with a modern view of the world."

When science was set free from religion this liberation resulted in a startling growth in technology that is both amazing and destructive. Yet this self-same separation may not be freedom at all! It fractured the underlying structure and presuppositions that were fundamental to science's being: the questions of what it all means to be human, and how do we navigate our way through the physical to this massively mysterious thing called Self. It stopped asking the questions of meaning and purpose, and has begun to fall into a new version of the old trap. The very science that wanted to break from the restraints of religious dogma is itself becoming sub-servant to corporate and political dogma in its quest for money.

The Evolve U is partnering with other institutions to provide the best practices that will bring a strong program of Conscious Leadership training.