The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge

The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge

by Carlos Castaneda

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ISBN-13: 9780520290778
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 05/03/2016
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 56,990
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Author's Commentariesxi
Forewordxxi
Introduction1
Part 1The Teachings13
Part 2A Structural Analysis153
Appendixes195

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The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
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.
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.
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
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!
stipe168 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
One of Carlos' greatest acheivements is tying scientifical data to pure philosophical feeling. He feels so much, he's not only analyzing, he's feeling.. because he gets so scared. I loved it and want to read more. He's very readable, and you're right there with him the entire time.
yogipoet on LibraryThing 10 months ago
i had a friend who read all cc's work. i only read this one but it was valuable. recommended.
endersreads on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Mesoamerican shamanism interests everyone right? Or was it Mescalito, Mushrooms, and Datura stramonium that brought you here? Whether Castaneda's work is fiction or anthropological fact is debatable. It's entertaining quality is undeniable. The Yaqui shaman named don Juan Matus is an unforgettable character. Whatever your theology, I believe Toltec shamanism (or the synthesis of shamanism) and Castaneda's books contain important and relevant information to today's world. Non-ordinary reality should be investigated, but beware, it is non-ordinary, and not exactly well taken with anthropologists anymore (at one time, they did believe in the authenticity of Castaneda's work). I sum it up to say those interested in the New Age, or Occultism, or even good story, should check Castaneda's series of books out!
PamelaWells on LibraryThing 11 months 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.
nog on LibraryThing 11 months ago
This is one of those goofy things you read in college -- that is, if you went to college in the early 70's like I did. Best taken for entertainment purposes rather than as philosophy...
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