The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge, The Original Teachings in a Deluxe 30th Anniversary Edition

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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.


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Overview

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

The first book in Carlos Castaneda's fascinating saga detailing his spiritual journey toward knowledge and enlightenment via the Yaqui sorcerer, Don Yuan. This classic book is a dazzling work of wisdom, mystery and magic, and an intriguing look at the world of alternate reality.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520217553
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 9/8/1998
  • Edition description: Deluxe 30th Anniversary Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 215
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

Author's Commentaries xi
Foreword xxi
Introduction 1
Part 1 The Teachings 13
Part 2 A Structural Analysis 153
Appendixes 195
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  • Posted June 1, 2010

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    Wonderful Book for Seekers

    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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  • Posted December 6, 2009

    Captivating

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2008

    Outstanding.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2008

    A Timeless Classic

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2007

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    The book is captivating and you dont want to put it down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2007

    Keeps you turning pages!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2005

    Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2005

    Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2004

    Teachings of Don Juan

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2003

    Truely A Work Of ART

    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....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2002

    Free Your Mind

    This book will start you on your journey to spiritual and mental independance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2002

    See things in a new light

    This book is excellent in the sense that it will make you question your own reality and ask yourself what is your path in life. As a college student, this book has opened my eyes to search for other forms of scholastic study in terms of philosophy and logic that seem to stray from the Socratic Western view. The views and experiences presented in this book are enlightening, cultivating, and most of all, they make you think. I encourage anyone with an open mind (or without an open mind for that matter) to pick this book up and take a journey through the mind and reality of a Mexican brujo.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2001

    Excellent

    I read this book for the first time when i was tweleve. I loved it. Before I had read it I was being followed by crows ... which i assumed was a sign of my upcoming death, i was terrified. I haven't really worried about the crows since...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2000

    Good one to start with

    Western student is introduced to the spiritual dimension. Pretty good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2000

    A Journey Beyond Our World

    This book is a masterpiece on the tribal rites and rituals of the nearlt destroyed natives of the southwest US and Mexico. It is a detailed and raw account of Castanadas own experiences in his training under don Juan. Anyone who has interest in examining the world in any unconventional manner should definitely read this book.

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