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JEFFFREY J.KRIPAL’S ESALEN:America and the Religion of No Religion

ESALEN INSTITUTE, BIG SUR

ESALEN iNSTITUTE, BIG SUR

John Robert Colombo looks at a new book about the Esalen Institute

I am about half a year behind in my reading so it has taken me six months to catch up with the appearance of a mammoth book about the Esalen Institute titled, simply and inevitably, “Esalen.” The title may be one word long but the subtitle is seven words in length: “America and the Religion of No Religion.” The book itself weighs in at 575 pages (roughly 300,000 words, plus notes, bibliography, and index). It is the handiwork of Jeffrey J. Kripal who is identified as J. Newton Rayzor Professor and chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Rice University.

Read complete review at http://www.gurdjieffbooks.wordpress.com on the J.R. Colombo page

J.R. Colombo’s latest book is “The New Consciousness” (Battered Silicon Dispatch Box), a collection of R.M. Bucke’s papers on Walt Whitman and consciousness studies.

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Written by SOPHIA WELLBELOVED

January 28, 2008 at 10:45 pm

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