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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Book Pub Co; Revised edition (July 31, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570671818
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570671814
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Monday Night Class, a weekly event in San Francisco conducted by Stephen Gaskin during the heyday of the hippies, attracted over 2,000 people each week. This new edition is a collection of the original transcripts from these historic meetings, with new commentary by Stephen from today's persepctive.

About the Author

Stephen Gaskin was born in 1935 in Denver, Colorado. After a tour of duty in the Marine Corp, he earned his teaching credentials and taught at San Francisco State University for two years. It was there that he became involved with the hip revolutionary movement sweeping the country.

Stephen gained increased recognition in the early 70s when he embarked on a nationwide speaking tour at colleges and churches. Accompanied by some 250 young adults, mostly from Monday Night Class, in 50 school buses and assorted vehicles the tour became known as The Caravan and picked up new members as they travelled across the country.

In 1971 Stephen and the group bought land in Tennessee and founded The Farm, one of the largest and most successful alternative communities in the country. The Farm became renown for soy technology, re-introducing the home birth movement, and founding Plenty International, a relief and development organization. Stephen accepted the "Right Livelihood Award" or "Alternative Nobel Prize" for Plenty in Sweden in 1980.

Stephen, an active speaker on the alternative lifestyles circuit, was inducted into the Counter Culture Hall of Fame in Amsterdam in November 2004. He has five children and three grandchildren and lives with his wife, midwife Ina May Gaskin, on The Farm.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mary A. Earhart on June 20, 2012
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I read this book as a youngster in the early 70's and was thrilled by it and its beautiful cover. My older brother turned me on to it. The author understood where I and a whole bunch of other people were at. The class was an idea of the times, a large group of people undertaking exploration of spiritual truths. Young Stephen Gaskin led the experience, set the structure, and kept everyone calm and safe. I'm grateful to a more mature Stephen Gaskin for making this kindle version available and adding his clarifying notes...not that the original needs clarification. Books by Gaskin and his wife Ina May have had a big influence on me. Monday Night Class is my husband's current favorite bed-time read. The book inspires Self-expression.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By P. G. Springer on October 25, 2007
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My early edition (with only the mandala, not the title), was inscribed by Gaskin years after publication. He wrote, "To Greg, who was part of Monday Night Class, too. Stephen Gaskin."

Everything since the 1960s has been, at best, a simulation of reality, the raw energy of those days. What generation is going to come up with something truly revolutionary? When? Are we all just going to melt?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Ric Han on November 6, 2012
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Today's youth will never even begin to understand the most profound revolution in cultural and reality changing events that occurred during our last generation. Young readers will not understand the nuances and colloquial language written here. This book may have just as well been written by an alien stranded on earth from another world. Stephen Gaskin was "The Guru or Spiritual Leader that brought forth a new way of looking at Reality. Sure, he was part of the "drug culture" of the time, as many others. I lived it; I survived and grew personally through many experiments, states of consciousness as Dr. Tim Leary and so many of the time. Stephen Gaskin, is one of the most Underestimated and "Marginalized" Teachers in American Historical Change, as this phenomena grew beyond the man. Today's youth take for granted the Civil Rights they now enjoy, the New Reality or New Way of looking at Life brought forward by men like Stephen Gaskin and so many others. It was written during an America looking for the world. Just like Mahatma Gandhi so many years ago. American Traditionalist were fighting back as hard as they could, killing President Kennedy, his brother and the unforgettable Martin Luther King. University students began being killed by our own National Guard, all over America, in an attempt to quell the uprisings. Censorship became paramount in the minds of the very powerful and wealthy. Their "sheep" were Revolting! Communes sprang up all over the world, A worl, an EARTH, understood as a Living Breathing Organism called "Gaia" from ancient times - we were coming to grips with a new concept of Living Organization surviving together in a new found concept called "Symbiosis," Life systems working together for Mutual Advantage. Were we a part of that New Way of Thinking?Read more ›
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Steve Gaskin is sort of stuck in the New Age Dope soaked spirituality that the newspapers and the culture totally swallowed but was a counterfeit movement to what God was really pouring out in the Holy Spirit at that time (of the Charismatic Movement of the late sixties). That being said, It sometimes takes a good sorcerer to elucidate some facets of the breadth of the Holy Spirit. The church has a tendency to fingerpoint and get sketchy about what the enemy has stolen and taken down into his counterfeit camp. Stephen is speaking out of a very free place in the spirit and I hope he can come full circle back to the true spirit of Jesus eventually. So like in a spaghetti fight, keep what sticks to you, don't choke on legalism or religion, and just spit out the bones. A very high vision of the spirit of the times. many writers and historians will not touch the fact that many of the best hearts and minds of the Hippie movement actually went on to experiment with Christian Communal Living experiments (like in Acts chapter 2) where everybody held all things in common ownership.
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