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
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
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”