Ching-yuan Wei-hsin, a Chinese Ch'an master, once said this:
Thirty years ago, when having not studied Ch'an, this monk saw mountain was mountains and water was water.
Later, when following the good teacher's guide, this monk...
Posted on Feb.26.2013 @ 04:02PM EDTbyQuantumZen
My scary curiosity lead me to stumble upon the name of Carlos Castaneda. I don't if it is worth to read books he wrote (I saw many people who seemed to be obsessed by these books). Did anyone of you read them?
I have read a few of his books quite some years ago. For me, they are nothing but tales or stories. He makes like his tales are for real and published them as non fiction. I don't know and don't acre .... there is nothing there for me. I do not live in a world of sorcery or take drugs to achieve a different state of awareness.
You may find them interesting. I did at the time I read them.
I was one of Castaneda's private students for a few years right before he died in 1998. For several years prior to that I had been actively attempting to become a 'navigator of the universe' by following his teachings. In other words, for a while I was somewhat delusional. However, during that time I did nevertheless become an expert on the practice of 'aware dreaming', which happens to be real.
Now I'm the webmaster of the Castaneda site linked below, which in my opinion is the best source of real information on Castaneda on the internet: http://sustainedaction.org/
Actually, the site is largely devoted to exposing the problems with Castaneda's claims. Of particular note are the Chronologies sections on Castaneda and the so-called 'witches' who were his cohorts, and the Notes section which contains notes on Castaneda's private classes. Both of those sections were written by Corey Donovan, another member of Castaneda's private classes and the original founder of the web site. Many of the other articles on the site - such as those in the Explorations section - were written by me. I hope you find it informative.