The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge was written by Carlos Castaneda and submitted as his Master's thesis in the school of Anthropology. It documents the events that took place during an apprenticeship with a self-proclaimed Yaqui Indian Sorcerer, don Juan Matus from Sonora, Mexico between 1960 and 1965. The book is divided into two ...
BUT, more than a decade later I have met a friend and after discussing various spirituality-oriented subjects he asked me if I have already tried The Teachings Of Don Juan. I said yes, but that I found it was more a waste of time than anything else, and then he insisted that I read ALL the series, that only at the end will everything be revealed. So, rather reluctantly (and having a lot of free time on my hands) I took his advice and started reading the sequels. Indeed, only around the 3rd book (Journey to Ixtlan) does it all start coming into place. And it does not stop there, these initial events are constantly revisited and reinterpreted to a much clearer meaning in the following books. Sure, not everything should be taken at face value (Castaneda himself only started to understand what was really going on with him more than a decade after writing this book), but there are teachings that will change the way you see reality for the rest of your life, making it a definate must read.
As a work of anthropology, The Teachings of Don Juan isn't fit to wipe a monkey's ass. As a novel, it's decent enough, but potentially harmful. If this was thirty years ago, I'd maybe recommend reading Castaneda as a source of conversational fodder. But now? Just pick yourself up a copy of or , why don't you?