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The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge (Arkana) [Paperback]

Carlos Castaneda
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22 Feb 1990 Arkana
Castaneda's first book in the Don Juan series. He meets Don Juan and is introduced to his magical world and philosophy by means of hallucinogenic plants and special exercises. The author's other books include "The Fire Within" and "The Quest for Ixtlan".

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (22 Feb 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140192387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140192384
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It's impossible to view the world in quite the same way after reading him. . . . If Castaneda is correct, there is another world, a sometimes beautiful and sometimes frightening world, right before our eyes at this moment--if only we could see."--"Chicago Tribune

About the Author

Carlos Castaneda was a graduate student in anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles, gathering information on various medicinal herbs used by the Indians in Sonora, Mexico, when he met the old Yaqui Indian, Don Juan. His first book, The Teachings of don Juan, was the story of the first period the two men spent together as master and pupil. This was followed by the other volumes in the series, A Separate Reality, Journey to Ixtlan, Tales of Power, The Second Ring of Power and The Eagle's Gift, all of which are published by Penguin. He also wrote the Art of Dreaming (1993).

Carlos Castaneda died in 1998. In its obituary for him the Guardian wrote 'It is hard to find a New Age celebrity who won't admit to having been influenced by Castaneda's powerful prose and paradigm-busting philosophy ... Few critics would deny author Joyce Carol Oates's assessment of his books as "remarkable works of art"'

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My notes on my first session with don Juan are dated 23 June 1961. Read the first page
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gateway to a new world view 9 April 2000
This book is the first of a series describing what starts off as anthropologist Carlos' interest in Yaqui indian mysticism but soon becomes a description of his apprenticeship to 'man of power' Don Juan.
Likely to change your perspective of the world. It raised questions about our normal truths, attitudes and manner of living that are still with me years later.
Highly recommended
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary experiences, essential reading 16 Aug 2005
By Stephen
This, Castaneda's first account of his experiences with don Juan, offers the reader a glimpse of the world from a different perspective, that of the sorcerers of ancient Mexico. It narrates a journey of awareness embarked upon by Castaneda under the tutelage of don Juan, a nagual, Yaqui Indian and "man of knowledge".
The phenomena described are extraordinary, the explanations given are worldview-shattering and yet they resonate as true. The philosophies proffered are simple and encompass so much, readers find themselves subscribing to them readily. People with an open mind and interest in "wisdom" of this nature will find themselves enthralled.
This book is the perfect introduction to the ideas of Castaneda and don Juan; once read, you will want to read the others which continue the journey and expand on topics in increasingly astonishing ways.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Book That Changed The World 1 Mar 2000
It it hard to calculate the impact this book has on your world view. we learn for the first time about Carlos castanedas apprenticeship with Don Juan and it`s devatating effect on his perception of the world. I was moved by the haunting beauty of his accounts of the desert and the startling experiences he had at the mitotes. It is necessary to read the later books in his series to fully understand what was occuring for Carlos as much that was happening to him was either inaccessible to his ordinary memory or incomprehensible to him at the time. When I read Fire From Within I had to totally reassess all of the previous works as I was completely confounded. These accounts are beautiful and worthwhile reading in themselves.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful work of art 9 Mar 2000
This story of Carlos Castaneda streched my view of the world, more than I thought possible. The mention of the word sorcery, served only as a turn off to my sense of reality, leaving me with the impression that I was about to read a book which I would no doubt enjoy, but never endorse. How wrong I was! Carlos is as well socialised as you and I, starting from the point of a non believer also. Perhaps the most persuasive aspect of the book(s) is that you evolve with him, at the same slow speed of comprehention, but eventually you find yourself coming to the same awkward conclusions as he did. I am just reading the sixth book now, and I read the first only three weeks ago, a real addiction! If you take the plunge and buy the first, be prepared to buy every other book, and be prepared to change your world view!
The only way to descride these books, I believe, is as beautiful flowing works of art.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive 5 Jun 2010
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This is the first book in the series. He is the most addictive writer I have come across.

I am on the 7th book in the series, if you read this book, beware you will have to continue
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fear, Clarity, Power, Old Age 13 Nov 2009
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This book is well written and packed with wisdom, an ideal read for those interested in learning how to live. One may reach a crossroads in life when the question comes 'what is the point of it all?'. How we answer changes everything from then on. Conclusions of 'there is no point' or 'to feel good' are most common, the first of which can lead to a very dark place indeed.

Don Juan's approach is to say- no single thing matters, everything is equally important. That feeling good is valid, when your pleasure is gained from 'walking the path with a heart'; act from love and compassion, gain satisfaction from living the right way.

A central concept of this book is that our perception of life is the root of our actions - we act upon what we see. Therefor, a fitting start to our endeavours is gaining True Sight, learning the influencing factors which negatively affect how we see - the main culprit being Fear. Look around and you will see how fear guides people: fear of being ugly, fear of being uncool, fear of our sexuality, fear of being poor, fear of death, loneliness.

When we liberate ourselves from this we take the first step back to free choice, opening pathways to the Right things we were too scared to do before; with Faith in the light of Love and Truth. These books will enrich your life, showing a new way to see or affirming what you've already learned ~ spread the word.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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This is a truly wonderful book. I would reccomend it to anyone interested in books on mind, body and spirit and also to people interseted in shamanism. The story is exciting and the charecters loveable. A treasure
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By Michael
That might not come from reading this book alone, as it is the most believable of the series. When I was a student, I like many others I know who will confess to having read a Castaneda book or two when pressed, went through a couple of years of Castanedism, reading the 8 classics 2 - 3 times each, and even the later four, quite different books a couple of times. Being someone who likes to give the benefit of the doubt until conclusive evidence proves otherwise, I must admit to only getting suspicious by Journey To Ixtlan, the third book. The second book, A Separate Reality, picks up on the supernormal happenings, but these are still within the realms of possibility when one considers Spiritualist literature. By Tales of Power, when at the end Carlos throws himself off a cliff and only survives by becoming pure perception, bouncing elastically back and forth 17 times between the two inherent realms of all creation, the tonal and the nagual, the game was up. In Carlos' terms, my assemblage point had just experienced a considerable shift into the realms of disbelief. The cocoon had burst. I read the remaining books still interested, but with the growing realization that I'd been had. Bizarre ideas not found in any other spiritual traditions, such as the necessity for people on the path of knowledge to kill their children to reclaim the power they'd lost to them, plus fill in the holes in their cocoons the children had caused, made me wary. This was surely not a philosophy the whole world should turn to, or else we'd be living in a fearful, lonely world with every man for himself.

However, this would be fine if the books weren't made out to be non-fiction.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling book, but only until you realize it was all fantasy
That might not come from reading this book alone, as it is the most believable of the series. When I was a student, I like many others I know who will confess to having read a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael
1.0 out of 5 stars Castaneda - the scam
Before you buy any books by Castaneda, please be aware that the man was a scam. There was never a Don Juan, what Castaneda talks about is not part of Yaqui culture.
Published 8 months ago by S. C. A. Malvik
5.0 out of 5 stars v interesting
very enjoyable series of books. Provoking and intriguing there is some sound advice that relates to us all- choose a path with heart and don't indulge yourself!
Published 9 months ago by sally love
3.0 out of 5 stars Wanton
This is Carlos Castaneda's experience of using plants as drugs to achieve states of "non-ordinary reality," e.g. hallucinations, flying, seeing the world as a crow does. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Natasha Holme
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 10 out of 10
Very insightful into how one should live their life, it gives a different view of the world and challenges the ideas and beliefs that we have be taught whilst also providing... Read more
Published 11 months ago by mills
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Amazing book.. Speaks of a truth which is also relevant today.. Thoroughly enjoyed it, something to hold onto for a long time.
Published 11 months ago by P. Nischal
4.0 out of 5 stars rings true
Is it all a load of cobblers? And does it matter? For decades, academic opinion has been divided on the veracity of Castaneda's books. Read more
Published 13 months ago by gille liath
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly rec
My friend asked me to order this on their behalf as they had read it before and highly rec it
Published 15 months ago by .
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting read
Castaneda is one of my favorite authors. And this book is just the beginning of an extremely interesting and unusual series. Read more
Published on 22 May 2012 by Igor
3.0 out of 5 stars Drugs and trips
Basically this book is about someone somewhere taking drugs and experiencing different hallucinations. Interesting read but I dont think it worth my precious time!
Published on 31 Aug 2011 by Kostas
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