A Separate Reality by Carlos Castaneda

A Separate Reality

"A man of knowledge is free...he has no honor, no dignity, no family, no home, no country, but only life to be lived." --don JuanIn 1961 a young anthropologist subjected himself to an extraordinary apprenticeship to bring back a fascinating glimpse of a Yaqui Indian's world of "non-ordinary reality" and the difficult and dangerous road a man must travel to become "a man of knowledge." Yet on the bring of that world, challenging to all that we bel...

Details A Separate Reality

TitleA Separate Reality
Release DateAug 1st, 1991
PublisherWashington Square Press
GenreSpirituality, Philosophy, Fiction, Anthropology

Reviews A Separate Reality

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    A Separate Reality: Further Conversation with Don Juan (The Teachings of Don Juan #2), Carlos Castanedaناریخ نخستین خوانش: روز یازدهم ماه ژوئن سال 1986 میلادیمجموعه ی این دوازده کتاب به توالی تاریخ انتشار به زبان اصلی که همه به فارسی ترجمه شده به قرار زیر است1-The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge (1968)تعلیم...
  • Sh3lly
    "Our lot as men is to learn and one goes to knowledge as one goes to war; I have told you this countless times. One goes to knowledge or to war with fear, with respect, aware that one is going to war, and with absolute confidence in oneself.""In order to become a man of knowledge one must be a warrior, not a whimpering child. One must strive without giving up, without a complaint, without flinching, until one sees, only to realize then that nothi...
  • Sherry (sethurner)
    Castaneda books were very popular when I was an undergraduate, and when I first started teaching in the 1970s. I remember reading all three and being amused and confused. I suspect I was mostly interested in the author's descriptions of his experiences with peyote. Years have passed, and I revisited A Separate Reality after a friend's adult son passed away. I saw imagery and a quote from Castaneda in his artwork, and thought this might be a time ...
  • Steven Fogel
    I recommend Carlos Castaneda's body of work, which had a great impact on my worldview. A Separate Reality (the second in the series) describes his studies with Don Juan, the Yaqui shaman that he first wrote about in Teachings of Don Juan, a Yaqui Way of Knowledge. Like Teachings, A Separate Reality explores the multiple realities that we experience in our lives, such as our dreams, which while we're dreaming are our true universe, and our waking ...
  • Syl Sabastian
    We read and we read, and then, we encounter, well, A Separate Reality. Much depends on how we read. If we're too immersed in story, we miss the More, if we're to concerned with artificial criteria of evaluation, we miss the Value, if we're too bubbled in our cocoon-of-self we miss the Usefulness. Within the distinct realism of A Separate Reality we find an overwhelm of potency, which, if we're not prepared to actually change our world, will pass ...
  • David
    When I was an undergraduate in the mid-70's, Castaneda's "Don Juan" trilogy (with maybe a little Hermann Hesse thrown in) was what one read to be considered deep and interesting. Thirty years on, Hesse still holds up (for the most part). For Castaneda one can only ask "What was I thinking?". But presumably that's what undergraduate time should be used for - to read broadly and indiscriminately. So not everything you read in college is going to be...
  • Diana Silaghi
    Don Juan had once told me that a man of knowledge had predilections. I asked him to explain his statement."My predilection is to see," he said."What do you mean by that?""I like to see" he said, "because only by seeing can a man of knowledge know.""What kind of things do you see?""Everything.""But I also see everything and I'm not a man of knowledge.""No. You don't see."I think I do.""I tell you, you don't.""What makes you say that, don Juan?""Yo...
  • Rob Poole
    There is another world just beyond our reach and we only need to seek it to find it.In the 1960s Carlos Castaneda made his way to Mexico to learn more about Yaqui Indians and to do a little soul searching. What he found was a man named don Juan, a very powerful sorcerer and a force to be reckoned with. Don Juan turns Castaneda's whole world upside down by teaching him the ways of a sorcerer and the results are some of the most beautiful and touch...
  • Daniel Parks
    You can either view Castaneda's work as extremely well written psychedelic fiction prose or you can view it as a collection of vital truths that will help you live a better life. Either way you would be right in my opinion, and the fact that it is all most likely completely made up only makes the fiction that much more magical to me, and more true. "It was as if the point of departure had always been myself. It was as if Don Juan had never really...
  • Leo Walsh
    Second Don Juan book. A little weaker than the first. Plus, there are hints of Hindu and Buddhist philosophy re-packaged as native American wisdom. Old wine in new [age] skins... But instead of reading these as the non-fiction they are marketed as, I am reading them as fantasies. That said, I love the new character Castaneda introduces here, don Genaro. A true trickster, he makes me laugh. But the "wisdom" revealed here is less interesting than t...
  • Jakk Makk
    The first half-hour did not compel me to finish the audiobook.
  • Samson Martirosyan
    Դոն Խուանի հետ առաջին հանդիպման պահից անցավ արդեն 10 տարի։ Մարտիկ դառնալու ու տեսնելու ճանապարհը լի է դժվարություններով, որոնք հեղինակը փորձում է հաղթահարել այս անգամ ավելի պրակտիկ գործողություններով, սակայն ամենաբարդ բանը՝ լիովին ընդունել սկս...
  • Erik Graff
    This is the volume following Castaneda's revised doctoral dissertation, The Teachings of Don Juan (1968), and preceding Journey to Ixtlan (1972). The three were eventually issued as a cloth trilogy. I started the series in paperback, but found the trilogy soon after and purchased it, probably at Stuart Brent Bookstore in Chicago near where I worked during the summer months between college and seminary.
  • Sandra Hernandez
    This book was hard to follow, I found myself asking wether or not what was being read was actually occuring or if it was part of a story. I still enjoyed it, the book has the potential to open a mind and explore different dimensions outside of this world. I really think I would have captured more of the books teachings if I had joined in the peyote smoking! :>
  • Aaron Dennis
    A Separate Reality is the second book written by Carlos Castaneda, and while still practically mired in the realm of hallucinogenic mixtures, a few new topics are brought to life; seeing, living like a warrior, and shutting off the internal dialogue.It is those three concepts, which bring a rather large change to the narrative presentation. Some people argue that it is because the book veers away from the initial inspections of the first book tha...
  • Ahmadreza
    بالاخره بعد از 1.5 سال انتظار فرصت مناسب برای خوندن این کتاب پیدا کردم. آشنایی با دون خوان گنجیه که نمیشه روش قیمتی گذاشت. تمام چیزهایی رو که فلاسفه با تلاش های فکری بسیار میتونن در ذهن بیارن دون خوان براحتی زندگی میکنه و بسیار هم از اونها فراتر میره. م...
  • Jonathan Hockey
    I like this more sober approach to spiritual reality. It is an individual journey and there are benefits and dangers at every turn. Compared to the generic assertions of some new age spirituality, referring to abstractions such as the absolute and how we are all interconnected, etc... They feel like intellectualisations of something that can't be intellectualised and they make it seem that ultimate reality is quite a simplistic, passive thing to ...
  • David
    This was a reread from a college-assigned book. It’s a fictional but well written account with some philosophy buried in mystical pretense. (Castaneda never declared it to be fictional.) Strange, I wish it were true, and I’m not sure why. Maybe we want there to be a different world lurking just beyond conscious perception. This book and the whole Yaqui Way of Knowledge is an appeal to the mystic want-to-be. It makes our reality seem so boring...
  • Jenny
    "We learn to think about everything, and then we train our eyes to look as we think about the things we look at. We look at ourselves already thinking that we are important. And therefore we’ve got to feel important! But then when a man learns to see, he realizes that he can no longer think about the things he looks at, and if he cannot think about what he looks at everything becomes unimportant.""Once you decide something put all your petty fe...
  • Catherine
    Read this mostly in one sitting at the DMV. A world-altering read for me. The book starts slow but careens into mystical extremes by the second half. Castaneda plays the role of the modern person: rational, verbal, objective. Castaneda is amazingly, remarkably bad at succumbing to metaphysical experience. This is hilarious and endearing. Castaneda might have been resisting the non-linear because he was ostensibly doing anthropological research. I...
  • Aaron
    This book would probably seem strange to most and only interesting to a few. For me I can only say that this book chose me, it came to me at a time in my life in which I was approaching a major spiritual awakening, though I didn't know it. This book helped push me over the edge. I feel if I would have read it any time sooner than when I did it would have been lost on me.
    Amazing!. I do say that the sequel of the don juan teachings trap me like no other sequel does and this second book is exactly enjoyable as the first. I am looking for the third book, Journey to Ixtlan.This is the book sequel for those who really like, admire and want to find their roots in ancient mexican culture and costumes.
  • Jeff
    anthropology or fabrication? doesn't matter--can't be too much carpe diem literature and this is excellent--i've loved page 88 for many decades--
  • Lapo
    The greatest celebration of gullibility and lack of any ability to discern or investigate I have ever read. Also, poorly written.
  • Anna
    I really tried to read his book, but more I'd read more I thought that the author had spent time with Don Juan on using some kind of drug.
  • Solor
    silly, pretentious, outdated
  • Candice
    Complete hogwash.
  • Emily Rosewater
    Чувство собственной важности и правда в наибольшей (чем что-либо ещё - чем какое-либо из навязчивых состояний) мере оборачивает человека в неповоротливую массу самоуверенний и предпочтений. Человек теряет форму, исполняясь оного чувства, а от ма...
  • Lucas Lima
    Esse segundo livro da coletânea dos Ensinamentos de Dom Juan deixa de lado o caráter acadêmico ou de entendimento, segundo uma organização racional dos pressupostos expostos pelo brujo e anotados pelo aprendiz, para entrar em um jornada diferente, mais complicada, incompreensível e perigosa.Nessa segunda etapa de aprendizados, depois do retorno de Castaneda aos ensinamentos de Dom Juan, o ponto primordial é a capacidade de ver, não de enx...
  • No
    "Too bad my life is so short that I can't grab onto all the things I would like to. But that is not an issue; it's only a pity." - Don Juan (A Separate Reality by Carlos Castaneda, Pg.5)"I have told you time and time again. The most effective way to live is as a warrior. Worry and think before you make any decision, but once you make it, be on your way free from worries or thoughts; there will be a million other decisions still awaiting you. That...