Today's New York Times features a problematic review of Jeffrey Kripal's new book about Esalen, America and the Religion of No Religion. In the process of critiquing Kripal's theme, arguing for the spreading of a spiritual, but non-religions gospel, the author acknowledges Esalen's pioneering culture -- but she also paints it as confused: active in the world, but too often, out of it...or rather, in a world of its own. This prevailing stereotype makes it difficult for Esalen and those who embody the Esalen spirit to be transformative in a world direly in need of transformation.
Esalen was what it was, is what it is -- but what shall it be? And how shall it be known?
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(Note some experiences happened at earlier visits at Esalen).
Just saw this and wanted to share... nice little reminder of the spirit of the place...
Peace and love,
Left Or Right
At The Top Of The Hill?
On Leaving Esalen
With contributions by fifteen former
workscholars, interns, and extended students
from eight countries