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CollectionsYour library (842), Fiction (495), Own Publications (18), Of Voyeurs and Exhibitionists (14), Currently reading (2), Favorites (19), All collections (1,351)

Reviews12 reviews

Tagsnon-fiction (815), fiction (494), science fiction (200), erotica (121), sexuality (118), goddess (106), vajrayana (86), india (81), mythology (78), anthropology (70) — see all tags

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About meWhat I've done and been in my professional life: book seller, librarian, printer, publisher, photographer, magazine editor, author, book- and cover designer - not to mention reader and collector of many a book. It's that Library Thing.

About my libraryAn eclectic collection in which personal interests and research for professional reasons have met in strange ways.

Listings of books cannot reflect personal history, but I know there have been more or less defined phases in my reading:, sometimes coinciding with a book I'd been offered to write. For ‘Return of the Tribal’, for example, we’d not only travel to Borneo and much of Southeast Asia – but my bookshelves would fill with books on tribal peoples and the way they often use their body as canvas.

In another period, when my job entailed inviting authors and lecturers (Carol Beckwith, William Burroughs, Angela Fisher, Brian Gyson, Jean Houston, Francis King, John & Toni Lilly, Timothy Leary, Tad Mann, Rupert Sheldrake, Sogyal Rinpoche, Robert Anton Wilson etc.), this usually happened because I had read most of their works before I met them, and personal encounters often led to even more reading.

You’ll also find much erotica (some call it porn) in this collection, as well as much on Indian Tantra – both classical and ‘neo’ – and many books tagged ‘sexuality’ and with terms such as ‘genital worship’ and ‘yoni’ (the vulva). All of this stems from personal interest, yet is also intertwined with several books I’ve written about these topics.

Last not least, my many visits to Nepal, including a study at a Tibetan monastery, have left me with a deep appreciation for the particular form of Buddhism that has emerged in the Himalayas. To find these type of books here, use the tags bon, dzogchen or vajrayana. If these should be unfamiliar terms, the books in question usually deal with deep insights into the human condition and penetrating analysis which – in the West – we often call either philosophy or psychoanalysis.

GroupsErotica, The Mess in the Library

Favorite authorsRobert Beer, Ian Buruma, Keith Dowman, Mircea Eliade, Philip José Farmer, Angela Fisher, Ken Follett, Frank Herbert, Abdul Mati Klarwein, John Cunningham Lilly, Eric Van Lustbader, Anaïs Nin, Čhögjal Namkhai Norbu, Eliot Pattison, Theodore Roszak, Rudy Rucker, Norman Spinrad, A. E. van Vogt, Lyall Watson, David Gordon White, Robert Anton Wilson (Shared favorites)


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Real nameRufus C. Camphausen

LocationGorredijk, Netherlands

Account typepublic, lifetime

URLs /profile/rcc (profile)
/catalog/rcc (library)

Member sinceJun 17, 2009

Currently readingThe Supreme Source: The Fundamental Tantra of the Dzogchen Semde by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
You Are the Eyes of the World, New Edition by Longchenpa

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Hi Rufus:
So glad you received my e-mail.
Yes, let's be friends.
I will accept your invitation after posting this.
Just letting you know that your 'comment' made it through.

Zee's daughter, Sky, is an ordained Tibetan Buddhist nun.
She was up for a few days from her monastery, in Vermont,
to visit just before she goes back to school to upgrade her nursing.
We had a wonderful visit with her yesterday.
Her late teacher was Khen Rinpoche; he translated one book by Tsongkapa:
Preparing for Tantra.
I enjoy studying what Zee is inspired to share,
because I feel that it extends Tibetan and Zen Buddhism,
opening the scheme of life even further.
So, we have interesting exchanges with Sky.

Zee has also held numerous conferences and seminars.
Some of these have pertained to Kaballah and teachings, patterns of the Tarot.

Are you in the process of writing a book right now?
We have always been hoping to find an agent or publisher,
as Zee is constantly in the middle of writing books and shorter documents.
We had a publisher, when we lived in northern Ontario, but she had a breakdown
and went into the family's northern trucking business.
But even if we never make such a connection,
that doesn't limit sharing ideas, ideals, principles and information.

Does any of your inspiration, your writing, consider the possibility
of changes in the near future: change of the age, sudden earth changes,
spiritual / biological transformations, etc.?

Zee taught Greek, in seminary, in the early 50's,
he also memorized the New Testament, in Greek.
Has Greece always been your home base?

I'm explaining to Zee the books that you have written.
We will look into your website and your books further.

Well, it's nice to be in touch,
kindest regards, the best to you in 2010,
I look forward to further exchange,
Hello Rufus (rcc):

I'm writing to you after exploring the contents of your library
and reading your homepage.
What an amazing library you have!
We share at least 27 books; I only have 200 of our ~ 4,000 catalogued so far.

All of the books that you have written look fascinating! Wow, what a lot of work and learning.
I'm particularly attracted to the two encyclopaedias and The Divine Libarary
(I only read English and a bit of bahasa Indonesia, so I can only comment on the English titles.)

My husband's name is Zeera (Zee) Charnoe.
He is also a member of librarything (id: ZeeCharnoe).
I include the link for Zee's FREE website,
because I think there may be writings there you would like to read, or at least know about.
The Structure and The Dynamics of Oneness.

This website contains FREE writings, artwork and four books.
We also have a Sunday afternoon webcast: ANACLYSM radio program
at (nothing to sell)

Zee and I live a quiet existence, surrounded by books and plants.
We seek to find others of like mind,
to have discussion / e-mail exchanges
about the shared books (writings) that we have read
and to offer Zee's writings as additional materials to discuss.

Thank you for your attention.
Kind regards,
Jennifer Gray Charnoe (id: ecohealth2003)
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