Book: Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion

Book: Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion

Jul 19

Esalen

Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion
By Jeffrey J. Kripal

The first all-encompassing history of Esalen: its intellectual, social, personal, literary and spiritual passages. Kripal brings us up to date and takes us deep beneath historical surfaces in this definitive, elegantly written book.” — Playboy “Kripal tells the story of this beautiful retreat in California’s Big Sur region — its history at once sexy, salacious, intellectual and political — with reverence and playfulness…. He is an engaging storyteller and Esalen a worthy subject (a kind of Us Weekly for the discerning intellectual).” — Publishers Weekly “Kripal examines Esalen’s extraordinary history and evocatively describes the breech birth of Murphy and Price’s brainchild. His real achievement, though, is effortlessly synthesizing a dizzying array of dissonant phenomena (cold war espionage, ecstatic religiosity), incongruous pairings (Darwinism, Tantric sex), and otherwise schizy ephemera (psychedelic drugs, spaceflight) into a cogent, satisfyingly complete narrative.” — Atlantic Monthly

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