Stanislav Grof is a Czech psychiatrist, one of the founders of the field of transpersonal psychology and a researcher into the use of non-ordinary states of consciousness for purposes of exploring, healing, and obtaining growth and insights into the human psyche.

  • Dementia Pr??cox and Paraphrenia

    Now that general paralysis Of the insane, after a century of Observation and research, has yielded up most Of its secrets, by far the most important practical problem facing the psychiatrist and the community, in the domain Of mental hygiene, is that Of dementia prazcox. The patients suffering from this disease form the major part Of the inmates Of our mental hospitals. The heavy financial burden imposed upon the public for the treatment Of the insane, resolves itself therefore very largely into the outlays needed for the lifelong care Of the almost hopeless victims Of this disorder. More over, as the disease does not directly cause death. And as such patients lead protected lives and live long, they tend to accumulate. They thus form the chief reason for the periodical necessity Of enlarging our mental hospitals, and Of erecting new ones. Could a study Of the causes and treatment of this disorder result in its prevention or diminution, its cure or alleviation, a practical benefit to society of the most direct and valuable kind would be conferred. Such an enquiry should have the support Of the Ministry Of Health as this disease costs the State more than any other. H ow to avert this dementia continues to be the cardinal problem Of psychiatry.,It is hoped that the publication Of this translation will stimulate. The interest Of English-speaking physicians in these peculiar states Of mental enfeeblement, promote further clinical Observation and research, and lead to greater accuracy of diagnosis and prognosis, with a better understanding Of the nature of the disease.

  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

    This new edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), used by clinicians and researchers to diagnose and classify mental disorders, is the product of more than 10 years of effort by hundreds of international experts in all aspects of mental health. Their dedication and hard work have yielded an authoritative volume that defines and classifies mental disorders in order to improve diagnoses, treatment, and research.,The criteria are concise and explicit, intended to facilitate an objective assessment of symptom presentations in a variety of clinical settings???inpatient, outpatient, partial hospital, consultation-liaison, clinical, private practice, and primary care. New features and enhancements make DSM-5 easier to use across all settings: ,The chapter organization reflects a lifespan approach, with disorders typically diagnosed in childhood (such as neurodevelopmental disorders) at the beginning of the manual, and those more typical of older adults (such as neurocognitive disorders) placed at the end. Also included are age-related factors specific to diagnosis.,The latest findings in neuroimaging and genetics have been integrated into each disorder along with gender and cultural considerations.,The revised organizational structure recognizes symptoms that span multiple diagnostic categories, providing new clinical insight in diagnosis.,Specific criteria have been streamlined, consolidated, or clarified to be consistent with clinical practice (including the consolidation of autism disorder, Asperger???s syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorder into autism spectrum disorder, the streamlined classification of bipolar and depressive disorders, the restructuring of substance use disorders for consistency and clarity, and the enhanced specificity for major and mild neurocognitive disorders).

  • Mysticism Sacred and Profane

    An Inquiry into some Varieties of Praeternatural Experience.

  • On the Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres

    New to our , series, this groundbreaking work of astronomy proposed a heliocentric universe in which planets orbited the sun-daring to challenge the Ptolemaic ideal of the earth as the center of the universe. This essay by Copernicus (1473-1543), revolutionized the way we look at the earth’s placement in the universe, and paved the way for many great scientists, including Galileo and Isaac Newton, whose theories stemmed from this model. Featuring a biography of Copernicus and an accessible, enlightening introduction, both written by the renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, , provides a fascinating look at the theories which shaped our modern understanding of astronomy and physics.

  • The Lost World of the Kalahari

    The distinguished explorer and writer recounts his rediscovery of the Bushmen, outcast survivors from Stone Age Africa. Faced with constant attack from all the peoples who followed them, the last of the Bushmen have retreated to the scorching depths of the Kalahari Desert in southern Africa. After a gruelling trek, van der Post finds the Bushmen, thriving in one of the world???s most inhospitable landscapes, with their physical peculiarities, their cave art and their joyful music-making intact.

  • The Psychoanalytic Theory of Neurosis

    A perennially best-selling and influential psychoanalytic work.,When Otto Fenichel died suddenly at age 48, Anna Freud mourned the loss of “his inexhaustible knowledge of psychoanalysis and his inimitable way of organizing and presenting his facts.” These qualities shine in his classic text, which has been a beacon to generations of psychoanalysts. Investigating the relationship between biological needs and external influences???the tensions and inhibitions that nurture neuroses???Fenichel concludes that “neuroses are social diseases,” arising from the demands of civilization on the developing organism. For this 50th anniversary edition, distinguished psychoanalyst Leo Rangell has written an introduction to set the context of Fenichel’s work and an epilogue to describe its influence.

  • The Rig Veda

    The earliest of the four Hindu religious scriptures known as the Vedas, and the first extensive composition to survive in any Indo-European language, the Rig Veda (c. 1200-900 BC) is a collection of over 1,000 individual Sanskrit hymns. A work of intricate beauty, it provides a unique insight into early Indian mythology, religion and culture. This selection of 108 of the hymns, chosen for their eloquence and wisdom, focuses on the enduring themes of creation, sacrifice, death, women, the sacred plant soma and the gods. Inspirational and profound, it provides a fascinating introduction to one of the founding texts of Hindu scripture – an awesome and venerable ancient work of Vedic ritual, prayer, philosophy, legend and faith. ,For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

  • The Rites of Passage

    Birth, puberty, marriage, and death are, in all cultures, marked by ceremonies which may differ but are universal in function. Arnold van Gennep (1873-1957) was the first anthropologist to note the regularity and significance of the rituals attached to the transitional stages in man’s life, and his phrase for these, “the rites of passage,” has become a part of the language of anthropology and sociology.

  • The Road to Eleusis

    The secretive Mysteries conducted at Eleusis in Greece for nearly two millennia have long puzzled scholars with strange accounts of initiates experiencing otherworldly journeys. In this groundbreaking work, three experts???a mycologist, a chemist, and a historian???argue persuasively that the sacred potion given to participants in the course of the ritual contained a psychoactive entheogen. The authors then expand the discussion to show that natural psychedelic agents have been used in spiritual rituals across history and cultures. Although controversial when first published in 1978, the book???s hypothesis has become more widely accepted in recent years, as knowledge of ethnobotany has deepened. The authors have played critical roles in the modern rediscovery of entheogens, and The Road to Eleusis presents an authoritative exposition of their views.,The book???s themes of the universality of experiential religion, the suppression of that knowledge by exploitative forces, and the use of psychedelics to reconcile the human and natural worlds make it a fascinating and timely read. This 30th anniversary edition includes an appreciative preface by religious scholar Huston Smith and an updated exploration of the chemical evidence by Peter Webster.

  • The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

    A good book may have the power to change the way we see the world, but a great book actually becomes part of our daily consciousness, pervading our thinking to the point that we take it for granted, and we forget how provocative and challenging its ideas once were???and still are. ,is that kind of book. When it was first published in 1962, it was a landmark event in the history and philosophy of science. Fifty years later, it still has many lessons to teach.,With ,Kuhn challenged long-standing linear notions of scientific progress, arguing that transformative ideas don???t arise from the day-to-day, gradual process of experimentation and data accumulation but that the revolutions in science, those breakthrough moments that disrupt accepted thinking and offer unanticipated ideas, occur outside of ???normal science,??? as he called it. Though Kuhn was writing when physics ruled the sciences, his ideas on how scientific revolutions bring order to the anomalies that amass over time in research experiments are still instructive in our biotech age.,This new edition of Kuhn???s essential work in the history of science includes an insightful introduction by Ian Hacking, which clarifies terms popularized by Kuhn, including paradigm and incommensurability, and applies Kuhn???s ideas to the science of today. Usefully keyed to the separate sections of the book, Hacking???s introduction provides important background information as well as a contemporary context. ??Newly designed, with an expanded index, this edition will be eagerly welcomed by the next generation of readers seeking to understand the history of our perspectives on science.

  • The Tibetan Book of the Dead

    One of the greatest works created by any culture and overwhelmingly the most significant of all Tibetan Buddhist texts in the West, The Tibetan Book of the Dead has had a number of distinguished translations, but none encompassed the work in its entirety. Now, in one of the year’s most important publishing events, the entire text has not only been made available in English but in a translation of quite remarkable clarity and beauty.,With an introductory commentary by His Holiness The Dalai Lama, who calls this translation “an extraordinary accomplishment undertaken with great care over many years” this complete edition faithfully presents the insights and intentions of the original work. It includes one of the most detailed and compelling descriptions of the after-death state in world literature, exquisitely written practices that can transform our experience of daily life, guidance on helping those who are dying, and an inspirational perspective on coping with bereavement. Translated with the close support of leading contemporary masters, including HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, and learned scholars such as Khamtrul Rinpoche and Zenkar Rinpoche, His Holiness the Dalai Lama says, “I hope that the profound insights contained in this work will be a source of inspiration and support to many interested people around the world.”

  • The Toad and the Jaguar

    In this monograph the author relates findings from more than 30 years of experiences and observations with Bufo alvarius and 5-methoxy-dimethyltryptamine, in various user groups and individuals, both in the US and in Europe. The term underground is used in referring to the explorations with these substances, in the sense that they were hidden – out of respect for the restrictions and prohibitions of mainstream culture. These are ethnographic field reports, first-hand observations from an underground sub-culture, accompanied by the experiences of a selected number of participant-observers.,It is important to recognize that in research with these and other so-called psychedelic or entheogenic substances, one cannot limit the observations and reflections solely to their physical and psychological effects. As most of the people cited here emphasize, the experiences with these substances at times can go far beyond their physical and psychological effects into the deepest and highest dimensions of our existence, both the cosmic and the spiritual.

  • The Way of the Animal Powers

    The volume itself is a consummate example of the art of bookmaking. Campbell’s scholarly and readable text is integrated throughout with a profusion of color plates, specially-commissioned full-color maps, outstanding black and white photographs, unique drawings, and numerous illuminating charts. Drawing on cultural and art history, as well as on anthropology,ethnology,archaeology,paleontology, and linguistics, THE WAY OF THE ANIMAL POWERS will be indispensable to all those interested in mythology, comparative religion, history , and the study of man.

  • What is Reality?

    Ervin Laszlo’s tour de force, What is Reality?, is the product of a half-century of deep contemplation and cutting-edge scholarship. Addressing many of the paradoxes that have confounded modern science over the years, it offers nothing less than a new paradigm of reality, one in which the cosmos is a seamless whole, informed by a single, coherent consciousness manifest in us all. Bringing together science, philosophy, and metaphysics, Laszlo takes aim at accepted wisdom, such as the dichotomies of mind and body, spirit and matter, being and nonbeing, to show how we are all part of an infinite cycle of existence unfolding in spacetime and beyond.,Augmented by insightful commentary from a dozen scholars and thinkers, along with a foreword by Deepak Chopra and an introduction by Stanislav Grof, What is Reality? offers a fresh and liberating understanding of the meaning and purpose of existence.