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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (13,963 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carlos Castaneda Narrator: Luis Moren Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This is the first book in Carlos Castaneda’s fascinating saga detailing his spiritual journey toward knowledge and enlightenment via the Yaqui sorcerer, Don Juan.

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 and other plants sacred to the Mexican Indians were used as gateways to the mysteries of “dread,” “clarity,” and “power.”

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. 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “We are incredibly fortunate to have Carlos Castaneda’s books…One can’t exaggerate the significance of what he has done.”

    New York Times

  • “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 your eyes at this moment—if only we could see.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Castaneda’s sanity lends to even the most lurid experiences the force of data. It compels us to believe that don Juan is one of the most extraordinary figures in anthropological literature, a neolithic sage. It helps us to accept, from the continent we stole, a mysterious gift of wisdom.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mitchell | 2/13/2014

    " Very interesting story, whether or not Don Juan was entirely true is besides the point. There are great lessons to be learned from the old teacher. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by kleeklaw | 2/12/2014

    " Whether or not you can believe in the accounts of this and the following books in this series you can at least glean some very practical day to day tips on living properly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mike Simpson | 2/10/2014

    " TRIPPY. Read in my 20'S and dug it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alexandru Ioan | 1/28/2014

    " A strange boon indeed, though I don't really see the point of his teachings. "

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About the Author
Author Carlos Castaneda

Carlos Cataneda (1925–1998) was an American author with a PhD in anthropology. He wrote many bestselling books on shamanism, beginning with The Teachings of Don Juan. He wrote a total of fifteen books, which sold millions of copies worldwide and were published in seventeen different languages. In his writings, he describes the teaching of Don Juan, a Yaqui sorcerer and shaman. His works helped define the 1960s and usher in the New Age movement.