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The new religions.

Author: Jacob Needleman
Publisher: Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1970.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : [1st ed.]View all editions and formats
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Examines the doctrines and structure of the Eastern cults and religions involved in the spiritual explosion shaking America.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Needleman, Jacob.
New religions.
Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1970
(OCoLC)644684371
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jacob Needleman
OCLC Number: 97536
Description: xii, 245 pages 22 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
Suspicions --
What is California? --
The loss of the cosmic --
A wider sense of psychology --
The agonies of religious "relevance" --
The sense of Asian teachings --
Why now? Why here? --
The inclusion of the mind --
The return of the practical --
The modern underestimation of man --
Hinduism, Buddhism and Sufism --
The occult --
The place of California --
2. Zen center --
The embrace of Zen Buddhism --
"Just sitting" --
Drugs and "extraordinary" experience --
Difficulties --
Suzuki Roshi --
What is a master? --
The uses ritual --
The place of the intellect --
The question of discipline --
Tassajara --
An American Zen monastery --
What is a monk? --
A monastery in the midst of life --
The monastery as a laboratory --
3. Meher Baba --
The age of the avatar --
Psyche and cosmos --
The instrumentality of love --
The life and work of Meher Baba --
The silence --
The Baba-lovers --
A search for the emotions --
Love from the point of failure --
4. Subud --
The experience of latihan --
An "ordinary" man --
Energies --
The meaning of submission --
The energies of sex --
Social order and self-perfection --
Understanding death --
5. Transcendental meditation (Maharish Mahesh Yogi) --
Promises --
The attracted mind --
The theory of the mantra --
"It's easy!" --
What is a "practical method?" --
6. A note on Krishnamurti --
Instantaneous self-observation --
A new understanding of freedom --
Thought and death --
The surface of Krishnamurti --
The existence of psychological help --
Relationship: an example --
Right education --
7. Tibet in America --
The appearance of Tibet --
The compassion of reality --
Why are they here? --
Tarthang Tulku --
The Vajrayana --
Balanced disillusionment --
The path to the path --
The "accumulation of merit" --
The weight of Tibet --
8. Hunger for ideas --
A more fundamental world --
Astrology --
The idea of influence --
Reincarnation --
Ideas as tools --
The sacred in nature --
The American Indian --
The silence of nature --
Western esotericism --
Civilization in the midst of the cosmos --
9. In search of a central question --
Other groups and teachings --
Drugs and the problem of work --
Enthusiasm --
Spiritual effortlessness --
The new religions --
10. Conclusion.

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Examines the doctrines and structure of the Eastern cults and religions involved in the spiritual explosion shaking America.

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