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Popular name for Erhard Seminars Training, a system of experiential philosophy developed by Werner Erhard. Through the 1960s Erhard explored a variety of self-help courses and spiritual disciplines, including Dale Carnegie, the Church of Scientology, Subud, Zen Buddhism, and Mind Dynamics. In 1971, he had an enlightenment experience, during the time he was a mind Dynamics instructor.

Erhard concluded he must take responsibility for his life. In the seminars, through lectures and various activities, he tried to assist people to understand that they were not the labels put on them by others, but the product of their own decisions. This act of insight was termed "getting it."

The est basic program consisted of some 60 hours of training over two weekends for which attendees were charged $250.00. Some 500,000 people took the course from Erhard or his assistants between 1971 and 1984. In 1984 est was discontinued and replaced with The Forum. In 1991 Erhard sold his corporation to a group of employees and retired from public life. He was at the time under attack from several points, including the IRS and a former employee who was suing him.

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Bartley, William Warren. Werner Erhard: The Transformation of a Man, the Founding of est. New York: C. N. Potter, 1978.

Hargrove, Robert A. est: Making Life Work. New York: Delacorte Press, 1976.

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est. An acronym for Erhard Seminar Training. Established by Werner Erhard in 1971, seminars provide ‘a sixty-hour educational experience which creates an opportunity for people to realize their potential to transform the quality of their lives’. The Centres Network, as Erhard's organization is now called, aims to eradicate hunger (The World Hunger Project), transform what it is to work, and in general make a difference to social life.

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est / est/ • n. a system for self-improvement aimed at developing a person's potential through intensive group awareness and training.

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EST • abbr. Eastern Standard Time (see Eastern time).

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