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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 Moreno Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 1968 ISBN: 9781440791260
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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.”

    Life

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 Alexandru Ioan | 1/28/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 dead letter office | 1/28/2014

    " i found this pretty fascinating. an anthropologist goes off to live with a yaqui medicine man and endures some hardcore peyote hazing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Xenophon Hendrix | 1/19/2014

    " The guy just made stuff up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexander Sprague | 12/22/2013

    " Regardless of what you think about the truth in this book it has a lot of things that you can take away from it. It's the supposedly true story of a anthropology student's expeience in being guided into a "man of knowledge" by a yaqui indian. at the most superficial I have to wonder what parts are true and which were hypnotism to a vurnable mind, but everyone can go deeper and find some small truths that make it all worth reading. Except the final scientific summary part which was dull and not really very enlightening. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 12/19/2013

    " Didn't he make half this crap up? And if so, couldn't he have hung out with Unicorns on his trips instead of "Mescalito, the god of peyote?" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 12/10/2013

    " Great for anyone interested in mind expansion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg | 11/17/2013

    " I probably would have eaten this book up a few years ago - you know, because of the whole "psychedelic" thing. I still enjoyed it - and found throughout it a lot of connections with Buddhism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianne | 10/6/2013

    " A compelling read... When I could get into it. The episodic telling of the story makes it difficult to come back to. Would definitely have meant more if I were a child of the 60-70s. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Risa | 10/5/2013

    " i think i read this but i can't recall- point being if it wasn't the head injury it was the drugs that made me forget if it was worth it- anyway- i recall it being one of those books that really made people tink differently and i am a fan of anything about that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Илья Карпов | 9/8/2013

    " It`s very cool! One of my favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Apryl2010 | 9/6/2013

    " adventures in Peyote and plant consciousness. A classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 7/24/2013

    " What a romp. There is speculation that Carlos never directly experieinced his adventures with Don Juan, but the insight and mystic transcendence fit the times of this publication. A cross cultural read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Levi Hawken | 6/12/2013

    " helped me see things from outside of my bubble of perception. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Porter | 12/21/2012

    " trancendental "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Magnolia | 12/6/2012

    " A life changing book for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 280dave | 10/25/2012

    " began my addiction... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 3/13/2012

    " This was a gift from my dear friend Dina. Its a great spiritual, native american lore legends and teachings book. I liked it a lot. Thanks Dean! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 12/26/2011

    " Do yourself a favor and read the original series, it will make you question the way we live and perceive reality "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trang | 12/16/2011

    " i love carlos castaneda's story telling. it's so touching, so charming that i read 7 of his books. a different world but a i feel it close to my inner one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Rutland | 7/30/2011

    " fun, kinda weird "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Des | 6/17/2011

    " Thought that it was an interesting book and it led to me reading the entire series. By the time I was finished I was seriously questioning the authors sanity. Suspect that he took too much drugs ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bryan | 6/1/2011

    " an AMAZING look into the culture behind "healing" and "spiritual" drug ceremonies of the Native Americans. BRILLIANT descriptions. brilliant story telling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ???? | 5/25/2011

    " It`s very cool! One of my favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Will | 5/9/2011

    " I have a first printing. Good stuff... "

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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.