Understanding the Student-Teacher Relationship in an Era of False Prophets.
Includes interviews with Ram Dass, Georg Feuerstein, Charles Tart, Vimala Thakar, Arnaud Desjardins, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee and other notable spiritual teachers. Few arenas in the field of contemporary spirituality create as much challenge, confusion and provocation as that of the student-teacher relationship.
In the new millennium, Mariana Caplan predicts, there will be a shift back to the student-teacher relationship as we realise the limitations of trying to "do it on our own". However, this teacher-student relationship will have to be created anew to reflect our new awareness.
This book points towards this new approach and the value of the relationship. Her stance is controversial, and is deeply informed by extensive research, interviews with today's leading authorities on the subject, and the author's training as a transpersonal psychologist and cultural anthropologist, combined with over a decade of immersion in spiritual life.