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Transcendental Meditation in America: How a New Age Movement Remade a Small Town in Iowa

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The Indian spiritual entrepreneur Maharishi Mahesh Yogi took the West by storm in the 1960s and ’70s, charming Baby Boomers fed up with war and social upheaval with his message of meditation and peace. Heeding his call, two thousand followers moved to tiny Fairfield, Iowa, to set up their own university on the campus of a failed denominational college. Soon, they started a ...more
Paperback, 212 pages
Published May 1st 2014 by University Of Iowa Press (first published April 1st 2014)
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Vladimir
May 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
It's an interesting read, but feels superficial on many levels. It could have been a story about one more utopian fringe movement, it could have also been a story about religious intolerance of Christians, about the weird things people are willing to believe, about differentiating religion from spirituality, etc. The end product is really neither, so the reader is left with a vague sense of having read something that could have been very interesting, but ended up being unsatisfactory. At the end ...more
Analouise Keating
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Iowa" and "New Age"...the terms can seem like quite a juxtaposition, and Weber provides an interesting, useful discussion. Definitely worth reading.
Robin
Dec 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Interesting summary of the TM organization in Iowa. Redundancies in information occur repeatedly and are distracting to the reader but good coverage of the topic overall.
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