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Carlos Castaneda was a renowned Latin-American author of literary fiction and spirituality books.

Born in Cajamarca, Peru, he attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he went to study anthropology.

It was while at the institution that Castaneda wrote his first three books, The Teachings of Don Juan (1968), A Separate Reality (1971) and Journey to Ixtlan (1972).

Based on his novitiate with a traditional "Man of Knowledge" named Juan Matus–a Yaqui Indian from northern Mexico–the books subsequently earned Castaneda his bachelor's and doctoral degrees.

Although critics believe that Castaneda’s works are fictional, his 12 books on The Teachings of Don Juan have been translated into 17 languages, selling more than 28 million copies.

Castaneda died on April 27, 1998 in Los Angeles at the age of 72.

More about Carlos Castaneda

Genres: Literary Fiction, Spirituality

Born: 1925 / Died: 1998

United States

The Teachings of Don Juan

  1. The Teachings of Don Juan (1968)
  2. A Separate Reality (1971)
  3. Journey to Ixtlan (1972)
  4. Tales of Power (1974)
  5. The Second Ring of Power (1977)
  6. The Eagle's Gift (1981)
  7. The Fire from Within (1984)
  8. The Power of Silence (1987)
  9. The Art of Dreaming (1993)
  10. Magical Passes: The Practical Wisdom of the Shamans of Ancient Mexico (1997)
  11. 11 The Wheel Of Time: The Shamans Of Mexico Their Thoughts About Life Death And The Universe (1998)
  12. The Active Side of Infinity (1999)

Detailed book overview

The Teachings of Don Juan

The Teachings of Don Juan

In 1968 University of California Press published an unusual manuscript by an anthropology student named Carlos Castaneda. 

The Teachings of Don Juan enthralled a generation of seekers dissatisfied with the limitations of the Western worldview. Castaneda's now classic book remains controversial for the alternative way of seeing that it presents and the revolution in cognition it demands. 

Whether read as ethnographic fact or creative fiction, it is the story of a remarkable journey that has left an indelible impression on the life of more than a million readers around the world.

Author: Carlos Castaneda
First Release: 1968
ISBN: 978-0520290778
Publisher: University of California Press
A Separate Reality

In 1961, a young anthropologist subjected himself to an extraordinary apprenticeship with Yaqui Indian spiritual leader don Juan Matus 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 believe, he drew back. Then in 1968, Carlos Castaneda returned to Mexico, to don Juan and his hallucinogenic drugs, and to a world of experience no man from our Western civilization had ever entered before.

Author: Carlos Castaneda
First Release: 1971
ISBN: 978-0671732493
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Journey to Ixtlan

In Journey to Ixtlan, Carlos Castaneda introduces readers to this new approach for the first time and explores, as he comes to experience it himself, his own final voyage into the teachings of don Juan, sharing with us what it is like to truly “stop the world” and perceive reality on his own terms.

Originally drawn to Yaqui Indian spiritual leader don Juan Matus for his knowledge of mind-altering plants, bestselling author Carlos Castaneda immersed himself in the sorcerer’s magical world entirely. 

Ten years after his first encounter with the shaman, Castaneda examines his field notes and comes to understand what don Juan knew all along—that these plants are merely a means to understanding the alternative realities that one cannot fully embrace on one’s own.

Author: Carlos Castaneda
First Release: 1972
ISBN: 978-0671732462
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Tales of Power

Carlos Castaneda takes the reader into the very heart of sorcery, challenging both imagination and reason, shaking the very foundations of our belief in what is "natural" and "logical."

Don Juan concludes the instruction of Castaneda with his most powerful and mysterious lesson in the sorcerer's art—a dazzling series of visions that are at once an initiation and a deeply moving farewell.

Author: Carlos Castaneda
First Release: 1974
ISBN: 978-0671732523
Publisher: Washington Square Press
The Second Ring of Power

Carlos Castaneda takes the reader into the very heart of sorcery, challenging both imagination and reason, shaking the very foundations of our belief in what is "natural" and "logical."

Back from the abyss, Castaneda encounter his greatest test on the journey towards impeccability and freedom: to outwit and overpower the sorcery of Doña Soledad, herself transformed from a defeated and meaningless life to a warrior, a hunter and a "stalker of power."

Now the combat will begin. Now the journey will continue. Till the last danger is faced...the final paradox embraced.

Author: Carlos Castaneda
First Release: 1977
ISBN: 978-0671732479
Publisher: Washington Square Press
The Eagle's Gift

Carlos Castaneda takes the reader into the very heart of sorcery, challenging both imagination and reason, shaking the very foundations of our belief in what is "natural" and "logical."

His landscape is full of terrors and mysterious forces, as sharply etched as a flash of lightning on the deserts and mountains where don Juan takes him to pursue the sorcerer’s knowledge—the knowledge that it is the Eagle that gives us, at our births, a spark of awareness, that it expects to reclaim at the end of our lives and which the sorcerer, through his discipline, fights to retain.

Castaneda describes how don Juan and his party, left this world—"the warriors of don Juan’s party had caught me for an eternal instant, before they vanished into the total light, before the Eagle let them go through"—and how he, himself, upon witnessing such a sight, jumped into the abyss.

Author: Carlos Castaneda
First Release: 1981
ISBN: 978-0671732516
Publisher: Washington Square Press
The Fire from Within

The Fire from Within is the author's most brilliant thought-provoking and unusual book, one in which Castaneda, under the tutelage of don Juan and his "disciples," at last constructs, from the teachings of don Juan and his own experiences, a stunning portrait of the "sorcerer's world" that is crystal-clear and dizzying in its implications.

Each of Carlos Castaneda's books is a brilliant and tantalizing burst of illumination into the depths of our deepest mysteries, like a sudden flash of light, like a burst of lightning over the desert at night, which shows us a world that is both alien and totally familiar—the landscape of our dreams.

Author: Carlos Castaneda
First Release: 1984
ISBN: 978-0671732509
Publisher: Washington Square Press
The Power of Silence

The Power of Silence is Castaneda's most astonishing book to date—a brilliant flash of knowledge that illuminates the far reaches of the human mind. Through don Juan's mesmerizing stories, the true meaning of sorcery and magic is finally revealed.

Honed in the desert of Sonora, the visions of don Juan give us the vital secrets of belief and self-realization that are transcendental and valid for us all.

It is Castaneda's unique genius to show us that all wisdom, strength, and power lie within ourselves—unleashed with marvelous energy and imaginative force in the teachings of don Juan—and in the writings of his famous pupil, Carlos Castaneda

Author: Carlos Castaneda
First Release: 1987
ISBN: 978-0671732486
Publisher: Washington Square Press
The Art of Dreaming

After six years of study and meditation, the author presents a book which takes the reader on a journey of the soul via the teachings of the great sorcerer, Don Juan. Like layers of an onion, the author reveals that there are worlds existing within our own that can be visited through dreams.

Author: Carlos Castaneda
First Release: 1993
ISBN: 978-0060925543
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Magical Passes: The Practical Wisdom of the Shamans of Ancient Mexico

For us to perceive any of the worlds that exist beside our own, not only do we have to covet them but we need to have sufficient energy to seize them. In this revolutionary book, Carlos Castaneda offers readers the key to this energetic conditioning for the first time, revealing a series of body positions and physical movements that enabled various sorcerers, and their apprentices, to navigate their own sorceric journeys.

By sharing this centuries-old wisdom, Carlos Castaneda makes it possible for readers to travel to some of these other realms, which are as real, unique, absolute, and engulfing as our own world.

Castaneda offers both a philosophical history of magical passes and an innovative, easy-to-understand instructional format, complete with more than 450 computer-generated illustrations.

Written with humor, clarity, and authority, Magical Passes further illuminates the true meaning of sorcery and magic.

Author: Carlos Castaneda
First Release: 1997
ISBN: 978-0060928827
Publisher: Harper Perennial
11 The Wheel Of Time: The Shamans Of Mexico Their Thoughts About Life Death And The Universe

Originally drawn to Yaqui Indian spiritual leader don Juan Matus for his knowledge of mind-altering plants, bestselling author Carlos Castaneda soon immersed himself in the sorcerer’s magical world entirely.

Ten years after his first encounter with the shaman, Castaneda examines his field notes and comes to understand what don Juan knew all along—that these plants are merely a means to understanding the alternative realities that one cannot fully embrace on one’s own.

In Journey to Ixtlan, Carlos Castaneda introduces readers to this new approach for the first time and explores, as he comes to experience it himself, his own final voyage into the teachings of don Juan, sharing with us what it is like to truly “stop the world” and perceive reality on his own terms.

Author: Carlos Castaneda
First Release: 1998
ISBN: 978-0743412803
Publisher: Washington Square Press
The Active Side of Infinity

In this book written immediately before his death, anthropologist and shaman Carlos Castaneda gives us his most autobiographical and intimately revealing work ever, the fruit of a lifetime of experience and perhaps the most moving volume in his oeuvre.

"Ordinarily, events that change our path are impersonal affairs, and yet extremely personal. My teacher, don Juan Matsus, said this in guiding me as his apprentice to collect what I considered to be the memorable events of my life….Don Juan described the total goal of the shamanistic knowledge that he handled as the preparation for facing the definitive journey: the journey that every human being has to take at the end of his life.

He said that what modern man referred to vaguely as life after death was, for those shamans, a concrete region filled to capacity with practical affairs of a different order than the practical affairs of daily life, yet bearing a similar functional practicality.

Don Juan considered that to collect the memorable events in their lives was, for shamans, the preparation for their entrance into that concrete region, which they called the active side of infinity."

Author: Carlos Castaneda
First Release: 1999
ISBN: 978-0060929602
Publisher: Harper Perennial