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Gli insegnamenti di don Juan (The Teachings of Don Juan #1)

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Impegnato in un progetto di ricerca antropologica in Arizona e Messico, l'autore incontra un vecchio sciamano yaqui, don Juan Matus, che, attraverso il racconto delle pratiche rituali in uso presso gli stregoni della sua stirpe, gli trasmette la conoscenza del loro universo cognitivo. Per il giovane antropologo inizia così un percorso che, da raccolta di dati scientifici, ...more
Hardcover, Saggi, 322 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Rizzoli (first published 1968)
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Miguel Mayher
Jul 16, 2009 Miguel Mayher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You may find this book has a lot of chaff on how they prepare peyote and other drugs, mundane descriptions in diary... yet when you less expect it, they hit you with a boulder of wisdom that leaves you freezed.

There is ONE core idea in the book that makes the price tag disappear. You cannot pay for it. It goes like this:

"Anything is one of a million paths. Therefore you must always keep in mind that a path is only a path; if you feel you should not follow it, you must not stay with it under any
Rich Flammer
I found this book in my friend's house in Spring Lake, New Jersey about 20 years ago. Flipped through it, started reading, and couldn't put it down. Since then I've read all of Carlos Casteneda's books, but this is by far the best. Sadly, the power of this work is often diminished by readers who mistakenly, and obtusely, attribute his experiences solely to tripping through the use of psychotropic plants in Mexico. "That's a book about tripping," people have told me. But no, it really has nothing ...more
Sep 15, 2007 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sh3lly the Dorky DNFer ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
Amazing. Essential reading for any deep thinker and open-minded person who has experienced "non-ordinary realities."

This book spoke to my soul. I have had out of body experiences and know firsthand that our physical reality is not the only one. I have personally experienced some of what is described here - and not from ingesting peyote, but from spontaneous OOBEs.

I don't know why I did not read this sooner as I've heard of Castaneda well before now. It's comforting to have your personal experie
Aug 11, 2011 Hyun-mi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-forever
The Best Advice that anyone has ever given me is all in this book. This book is my spiritual guidance.
"A warrior acknowledges his pain but he doesn't indulge in it.
The mood of the warrior who enters into the unknown is not one of
sadness; on the contrary, he's joyful because he feels humbled by
his great fortune, confident that his spirit is impeccable, and
above all, fully aware of his efficiency. A warrior's joyfulness
comes from having accepted his fate, and from having truthfully
Apr 21, 2016 Kamran rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
درباره کتاب

کتاب تعلیمات دون خوان، اولین کتاب از سری کتاب های کاستاندا در باب شمنیسم سرخپوستی و شروع جنبشی است که کاستاندا مروج آن بود. کاستاندا در این کتاب به نحوه آشنایی خود با دون خوان و پذیرش شاگردی وی می پردازد. بنابر رسمی سرخپوستی، یک ناگوال (استاد و مرشد) در سال های پایانی عمر خویش، بخشی از اندوخته های خویش را به یک شاگرد منتقل می کند. انتخاب شاگرد بر اساس خواست فردی نیست و توسط نیروی غیرشخصی صورت می گیرد. کتاب دو بخش دارد که بخش نخست روایت ماوقع برحسب توالی زمانی به زبان اول شخص است و بخش
Nov 04, 2008 gokce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fall-2008
The discussions on whether this book is fiction or non-fiction are rather futile, and prevent the reader from engaging with it more closely. I think a smarter move would be to suspend judgment on the matter, and look into what one can learn from this account.

The Teachings of Don Juan may be read as a bildungsroman where the narrator/anthropologist Carlos Castaneda engages with an alternative reality, under the strict guidance of Don Juan, on the path to becoming “a man of knowledge”. As a means
Mar 07, 2007 Adam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A young anthropologist goes into the desert, meets an old shaman and does a bunch of peyote, DMT/salvia, and shrooms. This book is his account from one trip to another with bits of hippy-wisdom thrown in, like the oft-quoted "ask yourself if this path has a heart" passage. Beyond the tripping, the author doesn't seem to understand the spiritual aspects of what Don Juan is trying to tell him. Like when he smoked the "little smoke" and thought himself to become a bird, he asks Don Juan afterwards ...more
Jan 05, 2011 Ninja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This obscure writer has a huge cult following who believe that Castaneda's semi-fictious stories about Don Juan and the indigenous peoples of Mexico hold the keys to power and enlightenment. Ninja is a skeptic. She doesn’t believe in any of that rot – but they are best books being peddled as non-fiction that I have ever read.

Years ago, I caught an edition of “Imprint” on our local public television station TVO. The host, Daniel Richler, was leading a panel discussion about native spirituality an
Ahmad Sharabiani
اگر با آثار کاستاندا آشنایی ندارید، این کتاب (دومین حلقه ی قدرت) پنجمین کتاب از مجموعه ی ده کتاب است که کارلوس کاستاندا در طول عمر خود به نوشتن آنها اقدام نمود برای آشنایی با جهان بینی ای که او تلاش در بیان آن در این مجموعه ی آثار را داشته، و در زمان خود (دهه های هفتاد تا نود قرن بیستم) بسیار مورد بحث و جنجال در میان روشنفکران معاصر بویژه در دنیای غرب قرار گرفت، بایست از خوانش نخستین کتاب آغاز کرد و به ترتیب انتشار آن به زبان اصلی پیش رفت، تا در جریان سیر تکوینی این نوع جهان بینی عرفانی که بسیار ...more
Pamela Wells
Mar 15, 2010 Pamela Wells rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every Seeker has at some point experienced an unexplainable moment. These are great opportunities to expand your perceptions to begin to believe in something greater then yourself that cannot be explained by your culture, current beliefs or family. Any of Carlos Castanada's books will give you the opportunity to discover another perspective about what reality really is. For those who call themselves Seekers - looking for the meaning of life - this is a foundational book. This was the first book ...more
Back in the 70's, Carlos Castaneda—a young anthropologist from the University of California—was the shit amongst hippies, new-agers and wanna-be-cool academics desperate to shed their stuffy tweed. Now? Not so much. For many readers, Castaneda's death knell sounded when most of his accounts turned out to be—factually speakingcomplete and utter BS. To which diehard Castanites objected: "But, like, what is truth anyways, man?"

I don't wish to get terribly enmeshed in the debate. But to my logical,
Mar 03, 2010 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This may be the first book that truly exposed me to psychedelic literature. I have just completed it for my third time, and it was just as fresh as the times I read it during college.

Carlos Castaneda was an American author who wrote a series of books about his experiences with traditional Mesoamerican Shamanism. The books that follow The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge are also excellent, and I plan on re-reading the series and reviewing it. This book is written in first person b
Bistra Ivanova
Apr 19, 2011 Bistra Ivanova rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned, fiction
Добре зная, че книгите, претендиращи да бъдат "духовни", но същевременно предрешени като романчета, за да станат "общодостъпни", обикновено са точно толкова плитки, колкото изглеждат, но тук направо щях да се задавя с био чая си от удивление! Твърде много години бях слушала за Кастанеда и Дон Хуан от хора, в чието думи най-малкото се вслушвам, за да имам основание да очаквам поне нещичко. Нещо различно от смешни разговори, недомлъвки, много страшни _тайни_, още повече наркотици и никаква идея за ...more
Jan 14, 2008 Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whoa. This one was a real trip and half. UCLA grad student in botany goes down to southern Arizona to learn about plants in the 1960s. Winds up studying under the tutelage of a local Yaqui shaman and explores the nether-regions of human perception, induced through a variety of 'power plants' as well as peyote (its own special deity). The is the first of a whole series of books and a large following that were largely inspired by the author, Carlos Castaneda. I haven't read the others, but I like ...more
Erik Graff
Jan 26, 2014 Erik Graff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in altered states of consciousness
Recommended to Erik by: Bill Causer
Shelves: religion
Carlos Castaneda's series about Yaqui religion is a mixture of fact and fiction. According to the Wikipedia article about him, the first three of the dozen or so volumes he produced constitute the academic work leading to his doctorate in anthropology. However, only this volume, the first, has an academic tone. Subsequent volumes are more literary.

Although Castaneda is rightly criticized for misrepresenting his work to the UCLA faculty of anthropology, the first three books still bear reading fo
Jan 02, 2008 Nick rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
I was reminded of this book by a recent article, and I realized I had never read it when it first came out. I was curious to see what the fuss was about. I must say I was sorely disappointed -- the book is clumsily written and very sparing with its insights. Not recommended for enlightenment or even a good read.
May 11, 2009 JRemick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very deep, you need to be in the right frame of mind for this one
Samson Martirosyan
Մեկ շնչով կարդացի։ 5 աստղը քիչ է Կաստանեդայի գրական տաղանդն ու Դոն Խուանի ուղեկցությամբ անցած փորձը գնահատելու համար։
Շատերը ասում են, որ գրքում տեղի ունեցող իրադարձությունները Կաստանեդայի երևակայության արդյունքն են, բայց ես չեմ կարող դրան հավատալ, անհնար է։ Չհավատալուս պատճառներից մեկը այն է, որ ուղղակի չեմ ուզում հավատալ, որ այս ամենը հորինված է, երկրորդ պատճառն էլ որովհետև այս գիրքը շատ անհասկանալի բաներ պարզ դարձրեց ինձ համար։ Ասում եմ անհասկանալի բաները պարզ դարձրեց, բայց եթե հարցնեք, թե ին
მინდია არაბული
არ ვიცი, რამდენად კორექტულია ამ წიგნის მიმართ სიტყვა ლიტერატურის ხსენება. ეს უფრო გამოცდილებაა, ვიდრე წიგნი, ერთგვარი ჩექფოინთი მკითხველობით ბიოგრაფიაში. დონ ხუანის სწავლება არაა უბრალოდ სწავლება, უფრო სწორად, არაა თეორია, არამედ საგანთა უშუალო გამოცდა, უშუალო შეცნობა. თეორია გულისხმობს ინფორმაციის გადაცემას, ხოლო კასტანედა ამტკიცებს, რომ ინფორმაციის ფლობა არ არის ცოდნა. ის რაც არის ცოდნა, არ ეტევა მწირ ლინგვისტურ პირობებში, გაცილებით ბუნებრივია, გაცილებით აშკარა. მეტიც, ჩანაწერებში აღწერილი მის ...more
Wesley  Gerrard
For anyone who has the vaguest interest in shamanism, this is an essential text. It is Carlos Casteneda's seminal work and in my opinion is a work of art. He has a very direct personal way of revealing his story, about an encounter with an ageing Native-American man of knowledge, who takes Carlos under his wing and reveals to him some of the secrets of shamanism. The range of psychedelics encountered are followed up in the book, after consumption, with vivid detail of the accompanying experience ...more
Jul 05, 2009 Samantha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked the first half of the book, but then it just seemed to be more of the same, so I stopped about 3/4 of the way through. Maybe I'm just impatient, or maybe the story was going nowhere. I understand why don Juan was annoyed with the narrator, he got on my nerves at times, too.

There were good parts, though, I liked where they were out in the desert ingesting peyote, and he wandered off talking to the embodiment of peyote, or "Mescalito", who told him to eat some more, but he didn't have a kn
Sep 16, 2010 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was recommended to me a few years ago by a professor of mine. I was deep into graduate school by then, attempting to earn my MFA while not losing my mind. My work as well and my mental state were suffering.

My professor told me I needed to learn how to see. And this book would show me how.

And it did. It helped tremendously. I did not approach the book as an anthropologist. Nor did I approach it as a study of any kind. I had no prior knowledge of Castaneda or any of the controversy his b
May 25, 2008 Maureen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Maureen by: the hippies
This book did more to promote the youth of the sixties to try mescaline than any other social influence. That was not Casteneda's purpose in writing the book. It is an intriguing sociological study of the Yaqui society, and Casteneda's relationship with Don Juan. There is a lot of advice for living in this book. It is also a very good read.
Carlos Castenada was at best a fraud and a liar. He later founded a cult.
Jetska Kahanek
I loved this book but once I researched the author a little more, I found his cult like theories to be weird and creepy. I have 3 of his books and wouldn't mind parting with them. These books are primarily about student anthropologists who studies Native American usage of peyote, Dimethyltryptamine(DMT), saliva, and mushrooms. He meets a shaman who teaches him the method in which to use peyote and discovers the powers of shamanism. The first half of this book goes into the efforts of trust and s ...more
Oct 20, 2013 Eleanor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Spiritual learning and hallucinations in the desert. Enjoyable to read and also full of interesting and inspiring knowledge; I gained a lot of ideas about self-awareness, personal improvement and approaching life with a more respectful and open attitude. Be the warrior!

“All paths are the same: they lead nowhere. A path is only a path, and there is no affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you ... Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as ma
Danny Tyran
I don't know if this book is about drugs or mysticism. What to think of drug-induced mysticism?

Anyway, it's a much better fantasy than what we find on the market nowadays and it really happened to Castaneda.

I couldn't stop reading and by the time going I find all my readings boring. Not this one. This is to say that it has something special that I didn't find in other books lately.

Jaime Contreras
Apr 20, 2016 Jaime Contreras rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
I read this as a promise to read at least one of Carlos Castaneda's philosophical books. This book, The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge is the first of his seminal trilogy. Castaneda wrote this and his subsequent books based on his research log describing his apprenticeship with Don Juan Matus, Yaqui Indian sorcerer from northern Mexico. This "Man of Knowledge" guided and taught Castaneda in the positive value of pharmacological drug use. Castaneda's book idealizes hallucinogenic ...more
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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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“For me there is only the traveling on paths that have heart, on any path that may have heart, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length--and there I travel looking, looking breathlessly.” 141 likes
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