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This review is from: The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
As an attempt to put the negative review in perspective, I thought I'd give my view of this book. This book isn't speculative, it's not entertainment, it's nothing but a manual to allow a person to assist themselves or be assisted by another while undergoing massive neurological change - not just through the use of chemicals, but also through meditative experience, yoga, or even death. It's also a dry read.
So, like the Haynes manual for an '85 Dodge Diplomat, this book will be of little use to someone not working with the thing being discussed. It's good for what it is, but isn't perfect. But don't buy the manual if you don't want to look under the hood.
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Initial post: 18 Feb 2010 10:51:42 GMT
Post enlightenment says:
Love the Haynes manual comparison! This book is a classic of its genera, the psychedelic era syncreticism of mind bending chemicals with eastern spirituality. A heady brew indeed. To a complete outsider like poor old D. Bell it appears to be complete gibberish, but just wait until s/he tries it.
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