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The Essence of Kabbalah Hardcover – 1 Jan 2006

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  • Hardcover: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Chartwell Books Inc.,U.S.; New edition edition (1 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785820396
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785820390
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Dr. Brian Lancaster has studied Kabbalah for over thirty years. He is Honorary Research Fellow in the Centre for Jewish Studies at Manchester University, UK. He is Professor Emeritus of Transpersonal Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University and the founding director of the Alef Trust. His other books include Mind Brain and Human Potential, winner of the Science and Medical Network Best Book Award, and Approaches to Consciousness: the Marriage of Science and Mysticism --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Brian is my lecturer. i really enjoy the way he delivers his knowledge, spoken or written. ive only read a couple of pages just to get a flavour, and im excited about it!
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I've read many introductory books on Kabbalah but this is by far the most comprehensive. It is one of the few books that emphasises the central role of the Hebrew letters and language (the 'Loshon Kodesh' or Holy Speech) which are thought to have been the tools of creation itself.

There are clear explanations of difficult subject matters such as the Tree of Life, the Sefirot (Divine attributes) and some fascinating material on the famous Golem of Prague (who legend has it was animated and brought to life using the Divine names). Clearly Professor Lancaster is writing not simply from a scholarly perspective but also has first hand experience of some of the meditative techniques described.

A remarkable achievement, which deserves to be a spiritual bestseller.
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This is a fine book, not easy to read but it really does get to the 'essence of Kabbalah'. If you can read between the lines, Brian Lancaster is offering something unusual: a book which actually enacts what Kabbalah is: a method of returning to and knowing the source of our being. He is Jewish and has no truck with the kind of Kabbalah which Madonna has publicised. There are some very interesting exercises in this book, though I wonder if Mr Lancaster has left out some of the details, because, if you did these exercises properly, they might actually work. The chapters on creation and the mysticism of language are particularly fine.
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I was doing a University course in the Psychology of Kabbalah and this book helped me immensely along the way. It is very thorough yet easy to read unlike other academic books.
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