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Journey to Ixtlan (The Teachings of Don Juan #3)

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In Journey to Ixtlan, Carlos Castaneda introduces readers to this new approach for the first time and explores, as he comes to experience it himself, his own final voyage into the teachings of don Juan, sharing with us what it is like to truly “stop the world” and perceive reality on his own terms.

Originally drawn to Yaqui Indian spiritual leader don Juan Matus for his kno
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 1st 1991 by Washington Square Press (first published 1972)
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Russell nope this is the best of all of them and he includes a lot of necessary background information as he tells the story, but I do often suggest to read…morenope this is the best of all of them and he includes a lot of necessary background information as he tells the story, but I do often suggest to read the first to before, but if your not gonna read all three just read this one(less)

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Lauren
Jul 01, 2008 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in more than just surface reality
This is the first in a series of books which Castaneda wrote after he realized that his prior emphasis on psychotropic drugs was a misleading and "erroneous" means of conveying the lessons he gained from his apprenticeship with don Juan.

I began reading with few expectations and progressed with delight at how engrossed I became. I felt and absorbed don Juan's teachings in a very heavy way. I also found myself laughing out loud at various times throughout this book. This for me is always a good si
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Joe
Nov 16, 2013 Joe rated it it was amazing
Forty years on, what are we to think of Carlos Castaneda? The Don Juan series, of which Journey to Ixtlan is the central volume, were initially acclaimed as a breakthrough in anthropological field research. Castaneda, as the researcher, placed himself at the center of his book, writing it from the point of view of his own reactions rather than laying out an ethnography. Journey to Ixtlan became his UCLA doctoral dissertation, and was the most noted book of the series because in it Carlos turns a ...more
Juliana
Apr 18, 2012 Juliana rated it really liked it
"When one does not have a person history," he explained, "nothing that one says can be taken for a lie. Your trouble is that you have to explain everything to everybody, compulsively, and at the same time you want to keep the fresh newness of what you do. Well, since you can't be excited after explaining everything you have done, you lie in order to keep going."

"From now on," he said," you must simply show people whatever you care to show them, but without ever telling exactly how you've done it
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Journey to xtlan (The Teachings of Don Juan #3), Carlos Castaneda

مجموعه ی این دوازده کتاب به توالی تاریخ انتشار به زبان اصلی که همه به فارسی ترجمه شده به قرار زیر است

1-The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge (1968)
تعلیمات دون خوان (طریقه ی معرفت نزد یاکی ها)۰ 1365 انتشارات فردوس ـ ترجمه ی حسین نیر
2 - A Separate Reality: Further Conversation with Don Juan (1971)
حقیقتی دیگر (باز هم گفت و شنودی با دون خوان)۰ 1364 انتشارات آگاه، ترجمه ی ابراهیم مکلا۰
3 - Journey to xtlan: Lessons of Don J
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André
Oct 30, 2012 André rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inspirational
Well, almost 10 years has it been now, since I read this book.

There have been odd discussions about the truthfulness of of Castanedas books, about Don Juan and the experiences Castaneda describes.

In my opinion I don't care wether the stories are bogus or true.
Castaneda describes his journey as an average guy through different spiritual rituals and experiences, as he is taught by Don Juan about the shamanistic view of life.

I was 16, when I read the book and I loved the way Don Juan perceives the
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Douglas
Jul 23, 2012 Douglas rated it it was amazing
I have read all of Castenedas books and this is the one you should start with. The first three books tell the same story, but Ixtlan gets it right and you miss little of importance from the first two books. From Tales of Power on, I give the books five stars. To those who say it's fiction, I say so what? The wisdom and knowledge of Don Juan is a priceless gift to all of us warriors on the path of knowledge and the books are page turners of the first order.
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Oct 01, 2014 ઈia7asĦ rated it did not like it
عرفان سرخپوستی از انواع عرفان های طبیعت گرا یا ابتدایی است. بسیاری از مولفه های ادیان ابتدایی , در این عرفان یافت می شود. این عرفان دارای پیشینه ای قدیمی در حوزه قبایل سرخ پوستی ست.
کاستاندا خود را شاگرد مرشدی به نام دون خوان معرفی میکند و حاصل رابطه استاد و شاگردی تعالیمیست که در کتاب آمده.
میان این دو دوستی عمیقی برقرار می شود و دون خوان هم خود را شخصی معرفی میکند که دارای معرفت عظیمی ست و توانایی درک و مشاهده چیزهایی را دارد که دریافت معمولی ما قادر به درک و مشاهده آن نیست ...
از نظر دون خوان ما
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Sarah
Sep 22, 2010 Sarah marked it as unfinished
Hm. This is a tough one for me!

A friend of mine, someone I've always admired, recently recommended this book along with several others. I wrote them all down and immediately went to look for them at my local library.

Upon arriving, I discovered that, not only had I forgotten the list of books, I had no idea how to navigate the nonfiction section. For a minute or so, I wandered aimlessly with nothing but the name "Carlos" in my head. I started back towards the doorway but paused, reluctant to leav
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Aaron Dennis
Jul 17, 2014 Aaron Dennis rated it it was amazing
Many readers of Carlos Castaneda stop reading after A Yaqui Way of Knowledge. Some read on to A Separate Reality. As I’ve stated before, Castaneda admits later on that his compulsive obsession on non ordinary reality as produced by hallucinogenic plants was the wrong area to fixate, and in Journey to Ixtlan, he recapitulates on many of the notes previously discarded.

It is in this wonderful story that Carlos introduces many concepts, or rather elucidates on many concepts, which Don Juan had intro
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Farzane
Jan 22, 2017 Farzane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
بنظرم رفتن به عالم بالا یا ابعاد فراتر بوسیله مواد مخدر یا توهم زا که در این کتاب شدیدا مستقیم بهش اشاره میشه هیچ چیز باارزشی نداره.
هی تاکید براینکه انسان چیز خاصی نیستم زیاد قشنگ نیست البته به جز اون قسمت که به کارلوس میگه:به گل بگو معذرت میخوام که تورو میکنم و مطمئن باش که من خودم تا چند وقت دیگه خوراک تو میشم پس با تو برابرم.
کلا هدف این کتاب خیلی مشخص نیست و نظم خاصی هم نداره .
در طول داستان قهرمان هیچ کدوم از حرف های ارشدش رو قبول نداره و همچنین انتهای داستان بازهم بعد از ده سال راهی رو که ا
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Tandis Toofanian
Mar 19, 2014 Tandis Toofanian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
شما هر روز با هم بودید، تا آنجا که جز ملال احساسی برای هم نداشتید. اینطور نیست؟
Mike Spinak
Nov 25, 2012 Mike Spinak rated it liked it
Journey to Ixtlan is presented as though it's a factual work, when it is a fictional one. Furthermore, Carlos Castaneda consistently claimed this set of books to be true. That dishonesty, and the consequent inaccuracies added to the body of anthropological work, and to the subject of metaphysics, has to be considered when reviewing Journey to Ixtlan (or Castaenda's other works in the series).

If you are looking for anthropology about Yaqui indians, Toltec shamans, Mexican brujos, etc., then reje
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Daniel Stafford
Jun 23, 2010 Daniel Stafford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book moved me. Much rather, I should say, the very last chapter moved me and nearly had me expressing tears.

This is my first book of the Don Juan series of philosophy and shaman ways, but I am told it is the most accessible, which I would agree with so far: the book was very engaging, and did not seem bogged down with philosophy.

Although, I was, as I am sure many readers would be, torn as to how much of this story to believe actually happened. It is classified as a book of nonfiction, and
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Blaine
Aug 27, 2016 Blaine rated it it was amazing
Ok, I'm a boomer and I went through my own period of reading and living with Carlos Castaneda, his teacher Don Juan, and their world of indigenous Mexican shamanism. This and its follow-up book Tales of Power changed my life when I read them in my mid-20s... they helped me forge a new identity as an adult, as a warrior with an awareness of personal power, and taught me lessons for a lifetime that are still with me. If you are open to the teachings in these books, they can truly be powerful and l ...more
Eric
Jul 05, 2007 Eric rated it it was amazing
This third installment really filled in the gaps of the first two books with Don Juan. I really appreciated the fact that he disregarded his original emphasis on the significance of phsychotropic drugs in the teachings of Don Juan and really focused more on the changing of one's consciousness without using drugs.
Mike Bull
Aug 18, 2013 Mike Bull rated it it was ok
I took this book out of the library on a whim, because I like looking at different points of view. This book is published as fact, but many people believe it's fiction. It was written while the author was an anthropology student UCLA in California in the 1970s. He went to study and ended up on a series of strange journeys with don Juan Matus, a sorcerer or shaman, and the student became his apprentice.

The book is full of incomprehensible statements and alternate ways of looking at reality which
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Don Spears
Jun 30, 2013 Don Spears rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book and expected to get a lot out of it as my first read by Castaneda, but I found I had to force myself to read it in fits and starts and it took me the better part of a month. Just couldn't buy into the whole shamanistic wind/shadows/night are sentient entities, look to the left and ask death world view. I think we all want to believe that ancient primitive cultures have a deep "knowing" that we've all forgotten in our "civilized ways," and tapping into that can be a pro ...more
Thorne Clark
Mar 30, 2010 Thorne Clark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These books are great. They demonstrate what a little character development can do as a pedagogical tool for making metaphysics accessible and light. Don Juan is compelling enough, as are the ideas peppered throughout the books, that it doesn't matter whether he was ever real or not. (Particularly given the primary theme of questioning reality and the "phantoms" that populate it.)

Also, these books are not about peyote or other drugs. One of the most creative things about Castenada is his abilit
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Aaron Meyer
Mar 13, 2016 Aaron Meyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
It is books like this that I really enjoy finding. I am not sure why I held off reading Castaneda's works for so long, perhaps I just wasn't at a place to enjoy them, who knows. This is the third book in the series but if you want to know the truth it is the first book that should be read. The previous two were more concerned with hallucinogenic plants and his experiences with them which he thought was the right track for him to write on. When he realized all the real information that he had dis ...more
Patrick
Jul 13, 2011 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for answers to life's little mysteries
Recommended to Patrick by: Friend
This is the second book in the series written by Carlos Castaneda. I started this book in 1983, I was 19 years old, out of high school with no direction. An older friend of mine recommended it to me. I was travelling to Brooklyn, by bus, one hour each way; so I needed a book to pass the time. Castaneda was a graduate student studying Anthropology and was doing his thesis on Mexican Shaman and their use of regional plants and herbs to induce psychotropic effects in an attempt to cure people of va ...more
Behnam
Sep 29, 2016 Behnam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
کتاب جالبیه، و حرف هایی می زنه که از جنس دنیای من نیست، شاید هنوز امادگی عرفان سرخپوستی رو ندارم. در هرحال، چیزی که نوشته، در خوشبینانه ترین حالت اگر واقعی باشه، چیزینیست که بتونی تجربه اش رو با خوندن به دست بیاری ...more
Sam Rosenthal
Apr 16, 2010 Sam Rosenthal rated it really liked it
This is the Castaneda book that many of my friends say is their favorite. So if you are only planning on reading one, pick this one. You don't need to read the first book, for IXTLAN to make sense.
Guillermo Gonca
Mar 04, 2017 Guillermo Gonca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este libro constituye el tercer volumen de la serie "Las enseñanzas de Don Juan", sin embargo, puede leerse de manera independiente a los dos anteriores. Si un lector primerizo tuviera la intención de consultar un sólo libro de los cuatro que conforman la "saga", bien podría ser éste. La razón es que "Viaje a Ixtlán" no nos ofrece la continuidad de los hechos narrados en el tomo anterior, sino que retrocede en el tiempo, al punto mismo en que inicia la historia. A pesar de ello, el libro no redu ...more
Iona  Stewart
Apr 30, 2014 Iona Stewart rated it it was amazing
I find all of Castaneda’s books unique, fascinating and engrossing, and this one is no exception,

We are told about how Carlos met Juan Matus in a bus station in Arizona, and that this was the start of a ten-year apprenticeship.

Carlos first learns about the importance of erasing one’s personal history since this makes us free from the encumbering thoughts of other people. One can erase personal history by not revealing what one really does, and by leaving everyone who knows one well. A fog will t
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Bob Nichols
It’s a strange book and I can’t say I understand its meaning. One way to read this is as a Tao-like tome – to stop trying to control the world and to fit in as one among the many. Thus “plants and ourselves are even..Neither we nor they are more or less important.” The author-narrator (Castaneda) is frequently chided by Don Juan for his thinking, for his intellectualism, for his attempt to “understand.” On this different perspective, Castaneda thought himself as superior to an Indian, to which D ...more
Cara
Oct 16, 2012 Cara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inspiration
I read this book because it had a big influence on my dad.

There were a lot of parts that made a big impression on me, particularly the idea that your death is always just over your left shoulder, available to give you perspective.

p. 34
"'The thing to do when you're impatient,' he proceeded, 'is to turn to your left and ask advice from your death. An immense amount of pettiness is dropped if your death makes a gesture to you, or if you catch a glimpse of it, or if you just have the feeling that
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Laura
Sep 15, 2007 Laura rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Pagans
Shelves: witchynonfiction
I am going to give the same review to all the Carlos Castaneda books I read in that series, simply because they are all outstanding. I was lucky to come across Castaneda very early on my magickal path. My spells and rituals have always relied on the power of intent, and I have found no better education on how to focus your intent than in this series of books. Back then (1994) they were classifed as nonfiction. Lately, they say they are fiction. All I know is much of what is in these books works. ...more
Ninja
Jan 05, 2011 Ninja rated it it was amazing
If I were Carlos Castaneda I would be don Juan’s successor. I would be the Nagual. I would be with my party of warriors. I would spend my time not-doing. I would practice the magical passes as he taught them to me. I would recapitulate and then I would recapitulate again. I would spend my days and nights in the second attention. I would dream and stalk. I would be making car engines stop dead at my will. I would be weeping with joy every second. I would be awe-struck. I would be a man with no pe ...more
Chrisl
Nov 24, 2012 Chrisl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1970s, dew001-499
Forty years later, I increasingly savor this quote: "One must assume responsibility for being in a weird world: we are in a weird world ... Touch the world sparingly."

For vivid images of Yaqui fate seek a copy of the novel about dreaming of centaurs.

Dreams of the Centaur
Michelle
Feb 24, 2016 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Such a deep book. It makes you see the world with new eyes.
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Carlos Castaneda (December 25, 1925 – April 27, 1998) was a Peruvian-born American author. Immigration records for Carlos Cesar Arana Castaneda indicate that he was born on December 25, 1925 in Cajamarca, Perú. Records show that his surname was given by his mother Susana Castañeda Navoa. His father was Cesar Arana Burungaray. His surname appears with the ñ in many Hispanic dictionaries, even thoug ...more
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“In a world where death is the hunter, my friend, there is no time for regrets or doubts. There is only time for decisions.” 208 likes
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