Esalen america and the religion of no religion jeffrey j kripal on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers jeffrey kripal here recounts the spectacular history of esalen the institute that has long been a world leader in alternative and experiential education and stands today at the center of the human potential movement. Kripal gives sympathetic definition to the religion of no religion of emerson whitman and the hippies of big sur that is intrinsically american capitalist and democratic yet laced with asian ta i read it rather exhaustively after i happened upon it while researching something else. Esalen america and the religion of no religion user review not available book verdict californias esalen institute is a center for alternative and experiential education that teaches that detachment is a universal impossibility. In this engaging book jeffrey kripal assesses one of the worlds most engaging places and finds in esalen a perfect metaphor for americas unique creed of science and religion here literally on the western edge of the north american continent the european enlightenment meets asian spirituality einstein confronts walt whitman . A history of esalen is one thing but this long book also advances its own theory that esalen and new age culture more generally are furthering the evolution of religion in america and perhaps
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