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Monday Night Class

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Monday Night Class began as an experimental college course taught by Stephen Gaskin, and by 1970 had grown into a popular attraction with 2,000 people attending weekly. Here Stephen explores the laws that govern the spiritual plane, drawing on sources as varied as the Bible, Zen Buddhism, and the daily newspaper, interpreting the visions of the 60s generation with humor an ...more
paper, 191 pages
Published July 31st 2005 by Book Publishing Company (first published November 30th 1969)
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Dr. Carl Ludwig Dorsch
Dec 02, 2014 Dr. Carl Ludwig Dorsch rated it liked it
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Following these comments is an extended excerpt from the book. While the passage selected is neither the most useful nor the most profound, nor even particularly representative – Gaskin is rarely more than anecdotally autobiographical in the volume – it does give some sense of both Gaskin himself and of the “classes”.

Toward the end of Monday Night Class (page 165) Gaskin mentions that “I have about 300 pages of transcripts from these meetings at the Family Dog. We’re going to edit them and put
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Erik Graff
Apr 01, 2009 Erik Graff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: students of the sixties, psychonauts
Recommended to Erik by: Aletheia Kallas
Shelves: philosophy
Stephen Gaskin and his bus caravan appeared at Grinnell College out of the night en route from California to what became The Farm in Tennessee. There being little to do in the middle of the Iowa cornfields, I went to Darby Gymnasium to hear his presentation and receive a copy of this book. They were giving them out for free.

The book, while a little too much out there for my tastes, was pretty good, combining, as it did, Eastern religio-philosophical concepts with psychedelic experience within a
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Al West
Sep 08, 2012 Al West rated it it was amazing
Stephen Gaskin former English teacher met Suzuki Roshi and turned to help people who were struggling with much of what the establishment in the united states was doing. Monday Night Class was the first big step. Set in a time of Whole Earth Catalogues hippies in Berkley, the Haight and North Beach - Steven held gatherings which calmed the wild energy with thoughtful zen and meditation. With ken Kesey and the pranksters bussing around USA, Steven began his bus odessy part two - The Farm a free co ...more
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Gaskin was born in Denver & served in the US Marines from 1952 to 1955. In the 1960s, he moved to San Francisco & taught English, creative writing & general semantics at San Francisco State College, where he was a student of S.I. Hayakawa. His writing class became an open discussion known as Monday Night Class, which involved up to 1500 students.
In 1970, Gaskin was part of a caravan
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