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Halfway Up the Mountain: The Error of Premature Claims to Enlightenment
Author and anthropologist Caplan plunges into the complex domain of contemporary spirituality where she boldly faces the grave distortions and fraudulent claims to power that characterise the spiritual path in our times. Dozens of first-hand interviews with students, respected teachers and masters, together with broad research are synthesised into a treatment of the modern ...more
Kindle Edition, 600 pages
Published May 31st 1999 by Hohm Press
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Apr 23, 2016 Edwin Wolbers rated it did not like it · review of another edition
This book contains as much utter nonsense as the nonsense of new age she is writing about. Sure she mentions some pitfalls which seem to be widespread. But ironicly this book itself is the biggest pitfall on understanding a path to enlightment.
I was so looking forward to this book. I guess I thought there would be lots of juicy stories about failed cults...but instead, it starts with an attack on the "new age" movement then continues with random quotes from various Buddhist/Hindu/Jewish types. Apparently you have to suffer to be enlightened....