Historical-Cultural Bibliography of Tantra: Tantra in the West - Gurus in the News

by David Yarian, Ph.D.


Daniel Copper, Guru Devotion and the American Buddhist Experience, Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2002.

Georg Feuerstein, Holy Madness: The Shock Tactics and Radical Teachings of Crazy-Wise Adepts, Holy Fools and Rascal Gurus, New York: Penguin USA, 1992.

Joel Kramer and Diana Alstad, The Guru Papers: Masks of Authoritarian Power, Berkeley: Frog, Ltd., 1993.

Aleister Crowley

Aleister Crowley, The Book of Lies, Which is Also Falsely Called, Breaks, London: Wieland, 1913.

Aleister Crowley, The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, New York: Hill and Wang, 1970.

Aleister Crowley, The Vision and the Voice, London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent, 1911.

Frances King, The Magical World of Aleister Crowley, New York: Coward, McCann, and Geoghegan, 1978.

A.R. Naylor, ed., Theodor Reuss and Aleister Crowley, O.T.O. Rituals and Sex-Magick, Thames, England: Essex House, 1999.

Lawrence Sutin, Do What Thou Wilt: A Life of Aleister Crowley, New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2000.

Hugh B. Urban, “The Beast with Two Backs: Aleister Crowley, Sex Magick and the Exhaustion of Modernity,” Nova Religio, 2004, 7, 7-25.

Paschal B. Randolph

J. P. Deveny, Paschal B. Randolph: Nineteenth Century Sex Magician, Albany: SUNY Press, 1997.

Omnipotent Oom

Hugh B. Urban, “The Omnipotent Oom: Tantra and Its Impact on Modern Western Esotericism”, Esoterica: The Journal of Esoteric Studies, 2001, 3, 218-259.

Tibetan Lamas in America

Stephen Butterfield, The Double Mirror: a Skeptical Journey Into Buddhist Tantra, Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 1994.

June Campbell, Traveller in Space: In Search of Female Identity in Tibetan Buddhism, New York: George Braziller, 1996.

June Campbell, “The Emperor’s Tantric Robes,” Tricycle, 1996, 6, 38-46.

Swami Muktananda and Siddha Yoga

Sarah Caldwell, “The Heart of the Secret: A Personal and Scholarly Encounter with Shakta Tantrism in Siddha Yoga”, in The Unknown, Remembered Gate: Religious Experience and Hermeneutical Reflection, Elliot Wolfson and Jeffrey J. Kripal, eds., New York: Seven Bridges Press, 2004.

Lis Harris, “Oh Guru, Guru, Guru,” The New Yorker Magazine, November 14, 1994.

William Rodarmor, “The Secret Life of Swami Muktananda,” CoEvolution Quarterly, 1983, 104-111.

Rajneesh - Osho

Lewis Carter, Charisma and Control in Rajneeshpuram: the Role of Shared Values in the Creation of a Community, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990.

James Gordon, The Golden Guru: The Strange Journey of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, New York: Viking Press, 1987.

Bob Mullan, Life as Laughter: Following Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, Boston: Routledge, 1983.

Osho, Autobiography of a Spiritually Incorrect Mystic, New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2000.

Osho, The Book of Secrets: the Science of Meditation, New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 1974.

Osho, Tantra, Spain: Editorial Edaf, 2003.

Osho, Tantric Transformation, Shaftesbury, England: Element Books, 1978.

Susan J. Palmer and Arvind Sharma, eds., The Rajneesh Papers: Studies In a New Religious Movement, New Delhi: Motilal Banarsidas, 1993.

Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, Tantra, Spirituality and Sex, Rajneeshpuram, OR: Rajneesh Foundation International, 1983.

Kate Strelley, The Ultimate Game: The Rise and Fall of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1987.

Hugh B. Urban, “Zorba the Buddha: Capitalism, Charisma, and the Cult of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh”, Religion, 1996, 26, 161-182.