The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge

The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge

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by Carlos Castaneda
     
 

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Thirty years ago the University of California Press published an unusual manuscript by an anthropology student named Carlos Castaneda. The Teachings of Don Juan initiated a generation of seekers dissatisfied with the limitations of the Western worldview. Castaneda's now classic book remains controversial for the alternative way of seeing that it presents and the

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Thirty years ago the University of California Press published an unusual manuscript by an anthropology student named Carlos Castaneda. The Teachings of Don Juan initiated a generation of seekers dissatisfied with the limitations of the Western worldview. Castaneda's now classic book remains controversial for the alternative way of seeing that it presents and the revolution in cognition it demands. In a series of fascinating dialogues, Castaneda sets forth his partial initiation with don Juan Matus, a Yaqui Indian shaman from the state of Sonora, Mexico. He describes don Juan's perception and mastery of the "non-ordinary reality" and how peyote along with other plants sacred to the Mexican Indians were used as gateways to the mysteries of "dread," "clarity," and "power." The Teachings of Don Juan is the story of a remarkable journey that has left an indelible impression on the life of more than a million readers around the world. "For me there is only the traveling on paths that have heart, on any path that may have heart. There I travel, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length. And there I travel, looking, looking breathlessly."‹Don Juan "Carlos Castaneda, under the tutelage of don Juan, takes us through the moment of twilight, through the crack in the universe between daylight and dark into a world not merely other than our own, but of an entirely different order of reality."‹Walter Goldschmidt, from the Foreword

Author Bio: Carlos Castaneda is the author of several other books, most recently Magical Passes: The Practical Wisdom of the Shamans of Ancient Mexico (1998).

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Original publisher University of California Press here offers a 30th-anniversary edition of Castenada's teachings. Along with the original text, this sports a new introduction by the author, who, it was revealed recently, died earlier this year. Though this is reasonably priced for a hardcover, libraries needing multiples copies may opt for the paperback.
The New York Times
Praise for the groundbreaking work of bestselling author Carlos Castaneda

"Extraordinary in every sense of the word."
Los Angeles Times
"An unparalleled breakthrough... Remarkable
Chigago tribune
"Hypnotic reading."
Chicago Tribune
"It is impossible to view the world in quite the same way."
Detroit Free Press
"Excquisite... Stunning... Fresh, unexpected visions with the logic of dreams."
The New York Times Book Review
"Taken together [Castaneda's books] form a work among the best that the science of anthropology has produced."
From the Publisher
Praise for the groundbreaking work of bestselling author Carlos Castaneda

"Extraordinary in every sense of the word."

"An unparalleled breakthrough... Remarkable

"Hypnotic reading."

"It is impossible to view the world in quite the same way."

"Excquisite... Stunning... Fresh, unexpected visions with the logic of dreams."

"Taken together [Castaneda's books] form a work among the best that the science of anthropology has produced."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520022584
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
11/01/1972
Edition description:
REI
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.58(d)

Meet the Author

Born in 1925 in Peru, anthropologist Carlos Castaneda wrote a total of 15 books, which sold 8 million copies worldwide and were published in 17 different languages. In his writing, Castaneda describes the teaching of Don Juan, a Yaqui sorcerer and shaman. His works helped define the 1960's and usher in the New Age movement. Even after his mysterious death in California in1998, his books continue to inspire and influence his many devoted fans.

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The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
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PamelaWells More than 1 year ago
Every Seeker has at some point experienced an unexplainable moment. These are great opportunities to expand your perceptions to begin to believe in something greater then yourself that cannot be explained by your culture, current beliefs or family. Any of Carlos Castanada's books will give you the opportunity to discover another perspective about what reality really is. For those who call themselves Seekers - looking for the meaning of life - this is a foundational book. This was the first book I read that started me on the path to greater consciousness. I cried, I laughed and I journeyed deeply into the heart of this incredible mystic; with him into the meaning of and purpose of life. I found many answers to my questions and was very inspired by Carlos Castaneda to continue my search even deeper into the mysteries of the human spirit and mind. I thank him as a student would thank a teacher with deep love and gratitude for his contribution to greater consciousness for us all.
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Reflectionist More than 1 year ago
I read this book once over thirty years ago. I was drawn in then and again more recently. The experiences and teachings aquired by the author became a part of my own and have stayed with me for a lifetime. Don Juan shares his gifts of wisdom with the author. In this book these gifts are shared with the reader opening up a whole different world and transition of thought. I highly recommend this book for its multideminsional quality and reflective content.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a student in a sub-field of anthropology, I am very interested in past cultures. This is perhaps the first ethnography I've read, though some might not consider it one. Castaneda conveys a wonderful account of the shamanistic system of beliefs of Don Juan, and by extent, those of the Yaqui Indians. Even non-anthropologists or people who aren't specifically studying this particular subject can take away things from this masterpiece. Whether you're interested in this for scholastic purposes, or simply curious about shamanism, I strongly recommend this book and feel that anyone who reads this will take away something beneficial.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I totally forgot how great this book was from when I first read it in high school a million years ago, or so. A fantastic read that will stay with you throughout your entire life. It will slip into your subconscious and have you TRANSFORM into a better thinking person of everyday life. And I don't even smoke the stuff...really!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is captivating and you dont want to put it down
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This book starts out a bit slow but once you begin you find it difficult to put down. I am on the 6th book and find them getting better and better with each new book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a classic. It made me question my own reality and is written in a way that makes me question whether Castaneda was really on to something. Enjoyable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of Castaneda's early books, written while he was still telling the truth. Pay less heed to the later books, but the early ones are great if you want to begin to open your mind to the real possibilities of life. Fun to read, too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just started reading the first book of the series! It's excellent! I'm 14 and my dad was complaning that i didn't read enough so i pulled this out of the closet and started it! It's quite deep and enjoyable i must say! I guarantee I'm going to read the others!
Guest More than 1 year ago
These stories are like nothing I have ever imagined. I have found myself spellbound from begining to end! If these books are not made into movies someday then Hollywood will have missed the chance of a lifetime....
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book will start you on your journey to spiritual and mental independance.