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  • Kripal, Jeffrey John, 1962-
  • Esalen Institute.
  • Religion and culture -- United States.
  • United States -- Religion.
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    Esalen : America and the religion of no religion / Jeffrey J. Kripal.
    by Kripal, Jeffrey John, 1962-
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    Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2007.
  • Esalen Institute.
  • Religion and culture -- United States.
  • United States -- Religion.
  • ISBN: 
    9780226453699 (hc.)
    0226453693 (hc.)
    9780226453705 (pbk.)
    0226453707 (pbk.)
    xiii, 575 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
    Openings : Introduction: on wild facts and altered categories -- Geographic, historical, and literary orientations (1882-1962) -- Slate's Hot Springs : homestead, family spa, literary paradise -- The empowerment of the founders (1950-1960) -- The professor and the saint : the early inspirations of Michael Murphy -- Buddhism, breakdown, breakthrough : the early inspirations of Richard Price -- The outlaw era and the American counterculture (1960-1970) -- "Totally on fire" : the experience of founding Esalen -- Mind manifest : psychedelia at early Esalen and beyond -- Mesmer to Maslow : energy and the Freudian left -- Perls to Price: consciousness and the gestalt lineage -- Esalen goes to the city: the San Francisco center -- On ecstasy, education, and the end of sex : George Leonard and the human potential -- The serpent spine of spirit and sex : Don Hanlon Johnson and the somatics movement -- The occult imaginal and Cold War activism (1970-1985) -- The cosmic womb : Stanislav and Christina Grof and the counsels of spiritual emergence -- Golf in the kingdom : Plato and Ramakrishna for Republicans -- Jacob Atabet and the Tantra of physics -- Superpowers : Cold War psychics and citizen diplomats -- Sex with the angels : nonlocal mind, UFOs, and an end to ordinary history -- The Tao of Esalen : the spiritual art and intuitive business of managing emptiness -- Crisis and the religion of no religion (1985-1993) -- The religion of no religion : the Donovan era -- Realizing Darwin's dream : the transformation project and the future of the body -- Before and after the storm (1993-2006) -- After the storm : reassessment, disaster, and renewal -- (In)conclusion -- The future of the past and the mystical idea of "America."
    "Set against the heady backdrop of California during the revolutionary 1960s, 'Esalen' recounts in detail how Michael Murphy and Richard Price sought to fuse the very best elements of Buddhist meditation, Western psychology and science, and Indian yoga into a decidedly utopian vision that rejected the dogmas of conventional religion."--BOOK JACKET.
    Includes bibliographical references (p. 521-534) and index.
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