Halfway Up the Mountain: The Error of Premature Claims to Enlightenment
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Halfway Up the Mountain,
The Error of Premature Claims to Enlightenment
Halfway Up the Mountain boldly reveals the grave distortions and fraudulent claims to power that characterize the spiritual scene in our times. A synthesis of dozens of first hand interviews with renowned scholars, teachers and experts in the field combined with broad research and personal experience, Halfway Up the Mountain is a unique and necessary text in the field of spirituality. Original contributions from: Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Robert Svoboda, Chrisitina Grof, Joan Halifax, George Feurstein, Charles Tart, Joshu Kwong Roshi,…and many others.
• What is enlightenment?
• Mistaking mystical experience for enlightenment
• Power and corruption among spiritual leaders
• Mutual Complicity in spiritual corruption
• “Real” teachers vs. “false” teachers
• The need to test “enlightenment”
• Disillusionment on the path
…and much more
“Caplan’s illuminating book calls into question the motivations of the spiritual snake handlers of the modern age and urges seekers to pay the price of traveling the hard road to true enlightenment.”
~ Publishers Weekly “Halfway Up the Mountain is a much-needed study of the pitfalls on the spiritual path. Caplan shows how easily even the most sincere seeker can be led astray and caught in the dangers of spiritual illusion. Helping us to recognize these distortions, she points us towards the real Truth for which we hunger. I would recommend this book to anyone who is serious about their spiritual practice.”
~ Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Sufi Sheik, author, Bond With the Beloved
” Caplan’s thoughtful book should come as a ship to the rescue of practitioners of the broad New Age tradition. It shows how to avoid the dangers of ego inflation, transference, abuse of power, addiction to mystical states, and fraud in the long journey toward enlightenment and fulfillment. Highly recommended for all collections where New Age titles are popular.”
~ Library Journal
“This is a valuable, timely book, although readers will need to keep an opening, questioning mind, especially in the sections devoted to the “hot” issues of authenticity, ego inflation and corruption with respect to spiritual teachers.”
~ Shambhala Sun