Wrapping up “A separate reality”

Guardian and ally


Navigating altered states of consciousness




Death- appearance, action, contemplations


Warrior vs. sorcerers ways




Laughing- Don Juan and Genaro laugh a lot, in various odd ways, including but not limited to mocking and teasing the author, seem to use laughter as a way to enact specific techniques (which also seem related to shapeshifting and animal forms)




Listening and stopping discursive thoughts


Reactions to magical events in stomach area- connects to ideas about will and luminous body




Key concepts, idea of the blog

The idea of the blog is this: looking through key ideas in Carlos Castenada’s books through the lens of Buddhism. I’ll especially be focusing on Trungpa Rinpoche’s teachings and how these relate to Castenada’s concepts. I started reading the “Don Juan” books before I was actively practicing Buddhism, and found them addictive and fascinating. Rereading them now, I find a few things. There are some parts of the books that seem compelling, and some parts not so compelling. Some ideas seem fascinating, still, and some ideas seem flat or not fully realized. The books are still addictively readable, though, at least for me.

On the “Chronicles of Chogyam Trungpa” website, a seminar Trungpa gave on Castenada is being posted. There are two talks up already, I think.

I’ve been rereading “A Separate Reality.” Here are some key ideas from that one. I will probably flesh out my interpretations more later. For now, just a list.



Seeing vs. looking


The author’s constant questions and talking

Controlled folly

The luminous egg/energy structures

Being a warrior

Responsibility for actions

Unimportance of things/equality

Physical movements/feats and sorcerers


Talking to plants

Spirits in natural world

Connection between teacher and student

Danger of practices, interacting with “men of knowledge”