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Aum Shinrikyo: The Mahayana Issue No. 1 (1987)
Aum Shinrikyo: The Mahayana Issue No. 1 (1987)
Aum Shinrikyo: The Mahayana Issue No. 1 (1987)
Aum Shinrikyo: The Mahayana Issue No. 1 (1987)
Aum Shinrikyo: The Mahayana Issue No. 1 (1987)
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Aum Shinrikyo: The Mahayana Issue No. 1 (1987)

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A piece of history.  This is an original publication by the infamous Aum Shinrikyo cult known for the Tokyo Sarin Gas Attack in 1995. The book details various cult practices, meditation techniques, and is filled with depictions of its enigmatic leader Asahara Shoko. This is truly a one of a kind find, and I hesitate to sell it. The book is in good condition with only one notable marking. The top edge of the book is inscribed to a Mr. Ishimura. Could this have been a practitioner? It's impossible to know for sure as many former members changed their names following the disbandment of the cult. Books like these are extremely special as they tell a story within a story. This copy is issue no. 1, released in 1987. It gives us a glimpse into the early practices of a group that would become Japan's most infamous doomsday cult.