The Guru Question:
The Perils and Rewards of Choosing Spiritual Teacher

The Guru Question:
The Perils and Rewards of Choosing a Spiritual Teacher
by Mariana Caplan, PhD

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ISBN: 978-1-60407-073-6
Dialogue with Ken Wilber
Meetings at the Edge, with Tami Simon

Press Release:
Do You Need a Spiritual Teacher?
New Book Answers the Guru Question
The spiritual journey is perhaps the most personal experience of our lives—but does that mean we have to go it alone? With The Guru Question, award-winning author Mariana Caplan brings you a unique and much-needed guide for deciding whether you need a dedicated mentor to help illuminate your path to awakening—and if so, how to navigate the deep complexities of the guru-disciple relationship.For those seeking a teacher worthy of their trust and devotion, or anyone who has been frustrated by their experiences with a spiritual teacher, Caplan offers candid, practical, and daringly personal examination of the student-teacher dynamic, including:

• Are you ready to be a student? If and when you should
consider making a commitment to a spiritual teacher

• The path of the conscious learner—how to retain your power    and autonomy while accepting a mentor’s authority

• Tips for the wounded seeker—the valuable lessons we learn
from our encounters with false teachers

• Spiritual scandals and predatory gurus—guidance for avoiding    the inherent pitfalls in the student-teacher relationship

• How to recognize the inner light of divinity as it manifests in
the imperfect human guise of your teacher—and yourself

In a time when a distrust of authority has been proven to be a healthy trait, we tend to be justifiably suspicious of those who present themselves as gurus and spiritual masters. Drawing upon her knowledge as both a scholar of mysticism and lifelong practitioner of spiritual traditions, Mariana Caplan helps readers develop the discernment that is crucial when seeking an authentic teacher—and reveals the immeasurable rewards that can come from having a trustworthy guide on the spiritual path.

What People Are Saying About The Guru Question

“The Guru Question is a very important, perhaps definitive, examination of this fundamental question, open to professional and layperson alike.  The book manages to cover virtually every aspect of this incredibly important and timely topic, and does so in an elegant, comprehensive, and succinct fashion.  I think it amounts to something like the final word on the topic (or very close to it).  Highly recommended for anybody on a spiritual path or considering one!”
~ Ken Wilber, author of Integral Spirituality

“Caplan, a psycho­therapist and teacher of yogic practices, fills, with this new book—a kind of user’s manual to spiritual guides and gurus—a need we had not named yet. Her work mixes personal experience with an understanding of psychology, and includes counsel on how to discern the right teacher for each student, retain autonomy, and remain wary of predatory and false gurus. . . [This book] will prove immensely useful to individuals seeking advisers and guides; it will become an important go-to book for librarians as well.”
~Library Journal

“Mariana Caplan has written a powerful and important book about the guru-disciple relationship. What I love about The Guru Question is how Mariana balances her recognition of the depth and sacredness of the relationship between a true teacher and a true disciple, with her recognition of the pitfalls that can arise when we seek from another human being the redemption that can only come from within. Writing from her direct experience with her own teachers, and drawing on the experience of others, she illuminates the mystery of the guru in a way that should be of benefit to many, many readers.”
~ Sally Kempton, author of Meditation for the Love of It

“The best disciple is one who is prepared. Mariana Caplan astutely and sensitively explains what this means. I strongly recommend The Guru Question.”
~ Georg Feuerstein, PhD,
author of The Encyclopedia of Yoga and Tantra

“[Mariana Caplan] unapologetically tackles the most difficult, controversial, nitty-gritty issues without hedging, flinching, or smoothing over the rough edges.”
~ John Welwood, author of Toward a Psychology of Awakening

“Mariana Caplan’s book answers this question better than any book I’ve read. If you are curious about the subtle gifts and traps of the student-teacher relationship . . . then read this book.”
~ David Deida, author of The Way of the Superior Man