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The Way of Zen

The Way of Zen Description:

In his definitive introduction to Zen Buddhism Alan Watts explains the principles and practices of this ancient religion to Western readers With a rare combination of freshness and lucidity he delves into the origins and history of Zen to explain what it means for the world today with incredible clarity Watts saw Zen as one of the most precious gifts of Asia to the world and in i The Way of Zen i he gives this gift to readers everywhere

Rating: 3.65 out of 5

The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are Description:

At the root of human conflict is our fundamental misunderstanding of who we are The illusion that we are isolated beings unconnected to the rest of the universe has led us to view the outside world with hostility and has fueled our misuse of technology and our violent and hostile subjugation of the natural world In i The Book i philosopher Alan Watts provides us with a much needed answer to the problem of personal identity distilling and adapting the ancient Hindu philosophy of Vedanta to help us understand that the self is in fact the root and ground of the universe In this mind opening and revelatory work Watts has crafted a primer on what it means to be human and a manual of initiation into the central mystery of existence

Rating: 3.34 out of 5

The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety

The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety Description:

In this fascinating book Alan Watts explores man s quest for psychological security examining our efforts to find spiritual and intellectual certainty in the realms of religion and philosophy The Wisdom of Insecurity underlines the importance of our search for stability in an age where human life seems particularly vulnerable and uncertain Watts argues our insecurity is the consequence of trying to be secure and that ironically salvation and sanity lie in the recognition that we have no way of saving ourselves

Rating: 3.35 out of 5

Tao: The Watercourse Way

Tao: The Watercourse Way Description:

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Rating: 3.55 out of 5

This is It & Other Essays on Zen & Spiritual Experience

This is It & Other Essays on Zen & Spiritual Experience Description:

The six essays in this volume all deal with the relationship of mystical experience to ordinary life The title essay on cosmic consciousness includes the author s account of his own ventures into this inward realm Instinct Intelligence amp Anxiety is a study of the paradoxes of self consciousness Spiritually amp Sensuality a lively discussion of the false opposition of spirit amp matter amp The New Alchemy a balanced account of states of consciousness akin to spiritual experience induced by the aid of lysergic acid The collection also includes the text of Watts celebrated pamphlet Beat Zen Square Zen amp Zen

Rating: 3.56 out of 5

Become What You Are

Become What You Are Description:

Life exists only at this very moment and in this moment it is infinite and eternal For the present moment is infinitely small before we can measure it it has gone and yet it exists forever You may believe yourself out of harmony with life and its eternal Now but you cannot be for you are life and exist Now from i Become What You Are i br br br br In this collection of writings including nine new chapters never before available in book form Watts displays the intelligence playfulness of thought and simplicity of language that has made him so perennially popular as an interpreter of Eastern thought for Westerners He draws on a variety of religious traditions and covers topics such as the challenge of seeing one s life just as it is the Taoist approach to harmonious living the limits of language in the face of ineffable spiritual truth and the psychological symbolism of Christian thought

Rating: 3.50 out of 5

Nature, Man and Woman

Nature, Man and Woman Description:

A provocative and enduring work that reexamines humanity s place in the natural world and the spirit s relation to the flesh in the light of Chinese Taoism br br That human beings stand separate from a nature that must be controlled that the mind is somehow superior to the body and that all sexuality entails a seduction a danger and a problem are all assumptions upon which much of Western thought and culture is based And all of them in some way underlie our exploitation of the earth our distrust of emotion and our loneliness and reluctance to love br br Few books have challenged those assumptions as directly as this erudite and engaging work by the author of The Way of Zen Drawing on the precepts of Taoism Alan Watts offers an alternative vision of man and the universe one in which the distinctions between self and other spirit and matter give way to a more holistic way of seeing Nature Man and Woman is a book of great elegance and far reaching implication one of those rare texts that can change the way we think feel and love

Rating: 3.39 out of 5

Cloud-hidden, Whereabouts Unknown

Cloud-hidden, Whereabouts Unknown Description:

Over the course of nineteen essays Alan Watts ruminates on the philosophy of nature ecology aesthetics religion and metaphysics Assembled in the form of a mountain journal written during a retreat in the foothills of Mount Tamalpais CA i Cloud Hidden Whereabouts Unknown i is Watts s meditation on the art of feeling out and following the watercourse way of nature known in Chinese as the Tao Embracing a form of contemplative meditation that allows us to stop analyzing our experiences and start living in to them the book explores themes such as the natural world established religion race relations karma and reincarnation astrology and tantric yoga the nature of ecstasy and much more

Rating: 3.35 out of 5

Does It Matter?

Does It Matter? Description:

This is a series of essays representing philosopher Alan Watts s most recent thinking on the astonishing problems of man s relations to his material environment The basic theme is that civilized man confuses symbol with reality his ways of describing and measuring the world with the world itself and thus puts himself into the absurd situation of preferring money to wealth and eating the menu instead of the dinner br br Thus with his attention locked upon numbers and concepts man is increasingly unconscious of nature and of his total dependence upon air water plants animals insects and bacteria He has been hallucinated into the notion that the so called external world is a cluster of objects separate from himself that he encounters it that he comes into it instead of out of it Consequently our species is fouling its own nest and is in imminent danger of self obliteration br br Here a philosopher whose works have been mainly concerned with mysticism and Oriental philosophy gets down to the nitty gritty problems of economics technology clothing cooking and housing

Rating: 3.42 out of 5

Out of Your Mind

Out of Your Mind Description:

In order to come to your senses Alan Watts often said you sometimes need to go out of your mind Perhaps more than any other teacher in the West this celebrated author former Anglican priest and self described spiritual entertainer was responsible for igniting the passion of countless wisdom seekers to the spiritual and philosophical delights of Asia and India Now with Out of Your Mind Essential Listening from the Alan Watts Audio Archives you are invited to immerse yourself in of this legendary thinker s pinnacle teaching sessions about how to break through the limits of the rational mind and begin expanding your awareness and appreciation for the Great Game unfolding all around us Carefully selected from hundreds of recordings by Alan Watts son and archivist Mark Watts Out of Your Mind brings you six complete seminars that capture the true scope of this brilliant teacher in action On these superb digitally restored recordings you will delve into Alan Watts favorite pathways out of the trap of conventional awareness including The art of the controlled accident what happens when you stop taking your life so seriously and start enjoying it with complete sincerity How we come to believe the myth of myself that we are skin encapsulated egos separate from the world around us and how to transcend that illusion Why we must fully embrace chaos and the void to find our deepest purpose Unconventional and refreshing insights into the deeper principles of Buddhism Hinduism and Western philosophy plus much much moreWhether you re completely new to Alan Watts or familiar with his work here is a rare opportunity to experience him at his best improvising brilliantly before a live audience on Out of Your Mind Essential Listening from the Alan Watts Audio Archives

Rating: 3.42 out of 5