The Book of Enlightened Masters
Western Teachers in
The Book of
Enlightened Masters is a comprehensive and fascinating
account of Western (mostly American) teachers who fulfill the
role of guru or master, a role usually associated with Eastern
religions. These teachers have done more than copy Eastern
models; they have discovered the Eastern traditions, absorbed
them and, in the process, changed them and been changed by them.
"The Book of
Enlightened Masters is the best resource
available—comprehensive, intelligent, useful, and perhaps more
important, wonderfully readable. Once you start to flip through
its oversized pages you might find it hard to stop. This is not
so much a story of how the wisdom of the East came to the West,
but how the West has begun to make that wisdom its own—and, in
so doing, is transforming those traditions."
forth a fascinating model of experiential comparative religion.
. . he emerges as a friendly and reliable guide to a
multi-faceted phenomenon that he claims is changing western
culture. His approach is balanced without being bland,
sympathetic without being uncritical."
Times Higher Education Supplement
Who's Who of
Western spiritual teachers—from Gurdjieff and Madame Blavatsky
to Ram Das and Toni Packer—plus useful advice on how to evaluate
various mystical traditions."