The Book

The Book
Author: Alan Watts
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 163
Release: 1989
ISBN 10: 0679723005
ISBN 13: 9780679723004
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Book Book Review:

A witty attack on the illusion that the self is a separate ego that confronts a universe of alien physical objects.

The Book

The Book
Author: Alan Watts
Publsiher: Souvenir Press Ltd
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2009
ISBN 10: 9780285638532
ISBN 13: 028563853X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Self Help.

This Is It

This Is It
Author: Alan Watts
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2011-09-28
ISBN 10: 0307784320
ISBN 13: 9780307784322
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

This Is It Book Review:

Six revolutionary essays from "the perfect guide for a course correction in life, away from materialism and its empty promise" (Deepak Chopra), exploring the relationship between spiritual experience and ordinary life—and the need for them to coexist within each of us. With essays on “cosmic consciousness” (including Alan Watts’ account of his own ventures into this inward realm); the paradoxes of self-consciousness; LSD and consciousness; and the false opposition of spirit and matter, This Is It and Other Essays on Zen and Spiritual Experience is a truly mind-opening collection.

Out of Your Mind

Out of Your Mind
Author: Alan Watts
Publsiher: Sounds True
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2017-03-01
ISBN 10: 1622037537
ISBN 13: 9781622037537
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Out of Your Mind Book Review:

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 India, China, and Japan. With Out of Your Mind, you are invited to immerse yourself in six of this legendary thinker's most engaging teachings on how to break through the limits of the rational mind and expand your awareness and appreciation for the great game unfolding all around us. Distilled from Alan Watts’s pinnacle lectures, Out of Your Mind brings you an inspiring new resource that captures the true scope of this brilliant teacher in action. For those both new and familiar with Watts, this book invites us to delve into his 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, Western philosophy, Christianity, and much more

The Fish Who Found the Sea

The Fish Who Found the Sea
Author: Alan Watts
Publsiher: Sounds True
Total Pages: 32
Release: 2020-07-14
ISBN 10: 1683642902
ISBN 13: 9781683642909
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Fish Who Found the Sea Book Review:

A rediscovered treasure for a new generation: the first and only story for children ever written by Alan Watts. Alan Watts, beloved for bringing a childlike wonder to the spiritual journey, once wrote a story for children. The Fish Who Found the Sea brings this delightful and wise parable to life for a new generation. Presented with new art from award-winning illustrator Khoa Le, here is a story as timely as it is entertaining—sharing a key message about getting into harmony with the flow of life. In this tale of a tail, we meet a fish with a curiously familiar problem—he’s gotten himself so mixed up that he spends all his time chasing himself in circles! Only the Great Sea knows how to help our poor fish get out of the mess he’s created with his own runaway thoughts. Here is a parable that perfectly captures the wit and wisdom that have made Alan Watts a timeless teacher we will never outgrow.

Become What You Are

Become What You Are
Author: Alan W. Watts
Publsiher: Shambhala Publications
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2003-03-11
ISBN 10: 0834823365
ISBN 13: 9780834823365
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Become What You Are Book Review:

"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 Become What You Are 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.

Eastern Wisdom Modern Life

Eastern Wisdom  Modern Life
Author: Alan Watts
Publsiher: New World Library
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2011-02-08
ISBN 10: 1577319222
ISBN 13: 9781577319221
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Eastern Wisdom Modern Life Book Review:

Alan Watts introduced millions of Western readers to Zen and other Eastern philosophies. But he is also recognized as a brilliant commentator on Judeo-Christian traditions, as well as a celebrity philosopher who exemplified the ideas — and lifestyle — of the 1960s counterculture. In this compilation of controversial lectures that Watts delivered at American universities throughout the sixties, he challenges readers to reevaluate Western culture's most hallowed constructs. Watts treads the familiar ground of interpreting Eastern traditions, but he also covers new territory, exploring the counterculture's basis in the ancient tribal and shamanic cultures of Asia, Siberia, and the Americas. In the process, he addresses some of the era's most important questions: What is the nature of reality? How does an individual's relationship to society affect this reality? Filled with Watts's playful, provocative style, the talks show the remarkable scope of a philosopher at his prime, exploring and defining the sixties counterculture as only Alan Watts could.

In My Own Way

In My Own Way
Author: Alan Watts
Publsiher: New World Library
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2011-02-09
ISBN 10: 1577319931
ISBN 13: 9781577319931
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

In My Own Way Book Review:

In this new edition of his acclaimed autobiography — long out of print and rare until now — Alan Watts tracks his spiritual and philosophical evolution. A child of religious conservatives in rural England, he went on to become a freewheeling spiritual teacher who challenged Westerners to defy convention and think for themselves. Watts's portrait of himself shows that he was a philosophical renegade from early on in his intellectual life. Self-taught in many areas, he came to Buddhism through the teachings of Christmas Humphreys and D. T. Suzuki. Told in a nonlinear style, In My Own Way combines Watts's brand of unconventional philosophy with wry observations on Western culture and often hilarious accounts of gurus, celebrities, and psychedelic drug experiences. A charming foreword by Watts's father sets the tone of this warm, funny, and beautifully written story. Watts encouraged readers to “follow your own weird” — something he always did himself, as this remarkable account of his life shows.

Does It Matter

Does It Matter
Author: Alan W. Watts
Publsiher: New World Library
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2010-09-07
ISBN 10: 9781577318392
ISBN 13: 1577318390
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Does It Matter Book Review:

This classic series of essays represents Alan Watts's thinking on the astonishing problems caused by our dysfunctional relationship with the material environment. Here, with characteristic wit, a philosopher best known for his writings and teachings about mysticism and Eastern philosophy gets down to the nitty-gritty problems of economics, technology, clothing, cooking, and housing. Watts argues that we confuse symbol with reality, our ways of describing and measuring the world with the world itself, and thus put ourselves into the absurd situation of preferring money to wealth and eating the menu instead of the dinner. With our attention locked on numbers and concepts, we are increasingly unconscious of nature and of our total dependence on air, water, plants, animals, insects, and bacteria. We have hallucinated the notion that the so-called external world is a cluster of objects separate from ourselves, that we encounter it, that we come into it instead of out of it. Originally published in 1972, Does It Matter? foretells the environmental problems that arise from this mistaken mind-set. Not all of Watts's predictions have come to pass, but his unique insights will change the way you look at the world.

There Is Never Anything but the Present

There Is Never Anything but the Present
Author: Alan Watts
Publsiher: Pantheon
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2021-12-07
ISBN 10: 0593316037
ISBN 13: 9780593316030
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

There Is Never Anything but the Present Book Review:

A giftable collection of inspiring, uplifting, and enlightening words of wisdom from one of the most important voices in spirituality and self-help "The perfect guide for a course correction in life." —Deepak Chopra Here is an indispensible treasury of uplifting and enlightening quotations for guidance, support, and spiritual sustenance. In his classic works of philosophy, Alan Watts shared timeless wisdom with readers worldwide. In this book are some of his most thought-provoking words to live by, to reflect upon, and to read for inspiration, knowledge, and growth.

Just So

Just So
Author: Alan Watts
Publsiher: Sounds True
Total Pages: 216
Release: 2020-02-25
ISBN 10: 1683642953
ISBN 13: 9781683642954
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Just So Book Review:

From the luminary and prophetic Alan Watts, an invitation to embrace pleasure, play, and connection in our ever-evolving world “If you were God,” asked Alan Watts, “what kind of universe would you create? A perfect one free of suffering and drama? Or one filled with surprise and delight?” From the 1950s to the 1970s, Eastern spiritual philosophies sparked in the West profound new ways of perceiving ourselves, the mysteries of reality, and the unfolding destiny of humanity. And through his live gatherings and radio talks, Alan Watts was at the forefront—igniting astonishing insights into who we are and where we're heading. Based on a legendary series of seminars, Just So illuminates three fascinating domains: money versus real wealth, the spirituality of a deeper materialism, and how technology and spirituality are both guiding us to ever greater interconnection in the universe that we find ourselves in. Along the way, readers will explore many other themes, at turns humorous, prescient, and more relevant today than ever. What unfolds is a liberating view of humanity that arises from possibility and the unpredictable—perfect and “just so,” not in spite of its messy imperfections, but because of them. Book highlights: 1. Going With - Theology and the Laws of Nature - Thinking Makes It So - Everything Is Context - Going With - What We Mean by Intelligence - Ecological Awareness - Of Gods and Puppets 2. Civilizing Technology - The Problem of Abstractions - We Need a New Analogy - Working with the Field of Forces - Trust - Synergy and the One World Town - Privacy, Artificiality, and the Self - Groups and Crowds 3. Money and Materialism - The Material Is the Spiritual - Money and the Good Life - True Materialism - Wiggles, Seriousness, and the Fear of Pleasure - The Failure of Money and Technology - The Problem of Guilt 4. In Praise of Swinging - Rigidity and Identity - Now Is Where the World Begins - Are We Going to Make It? - Polarization and Contrast - No Escape 5. What Is So of Itself - Spontaneity and the Unborn Mind - Relaxation, Religion, and Rituals - Saving the World

The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell

The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell
Author: Aldous Huxley
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2009-09-29
ISBN 10: 0061892823
ISBN 13: 9780061892820
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell Book Review:

"A genuine spiritual quest. . . . Extraordinary." — New York Times Among the most profound and influential explorations of mind-expanding psychedelic drugs ever written, here are two complete classic books—The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell—in which Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World, reveals the mind's remote frontiers and the unmapped areas of human consciousness. This edition also features an additional essay, "Drugs That Shape Men's Minds," now included for the first time.

The Wisdom of Insecurity

The Wisdom of Insecurity
Author: Alan Watts
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2011-11-16
ISBN 10: 0307809862
ISBN 13: 9780307809865
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Wisdom of Insecurity Book Review:

Alan Watts is "the perfect guide for a course correction in life, away from materialism and its empty promise" (Deepak Chopra). Here he shows us how—in an age of unprecedented anxiety—we must embrace the present and live fully in the now in order to live a fulfilling life. Spending all our time trying to anticipate and plan for the future and to lamenting the past, we forget to embrace the here and now. We are so concerned with tomorrow that we forget to enjoy today. Drawing from Eastern philosophy and religion, Alan Watts shows that it is only by acknowledging what we do not—and cannot—know that we can learn anything truly worth knowing. “Perhaps the foremost interpreter of Eastern disciplines for the contemporary West, Watts had the rare gift of ‘writing beautifully the unwritable.’” —Los Angeles Times

Psychotherapy East West

Psychotherapy East   West
Author: Alan Watts
Publsiher: New World Library
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2017-01-13
ISBN 10: 1608684563
ISBN 13: 9781608684564
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Psychotherapy East West Book Review:

Before he became a counterculture hero, Alan Watts was known as an incisive scholar of Eastern and Western psychology and philosophy. In this 1961 classic, Watts demonstrates his deep understanding of both Western psychotherapy and the Eastern spiritual philosophies of Buddhism, Taoism, Vedanta, and Yoga. He examined the problem of humans in a seemingly hostile universe in ways that questioned the social norms and illusions that bind and constrict modern humans. Marking a groundbreaking synthesis, Watts asserted that the powerful insights of Freud and Jung, which had, indeed, brought psychiatry close to the edge of liberation, could, if melded with the hitherto secret wisdom of the Eastern traditions, free people from their battles with the self. When psychotherapy merely helps us adjust to social norms, Watts argued, it falls short of true liberation, while Eastern philosophy seeks our natural relation to the cosmos.

Nature Man and Woman

Nature  Man and Woman
Author: Alan Watts
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2012-07-11
ISBN 10: 0307822982
ISBN 13: 9780307822987
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Nature Man and Woman Book Review:

From “perhaps the foremost interpreter of Eastern disciplines for the contemporary West—and an author who ‘had the rare gift of ‘writing beautifully the unwritable’” (Los Angeles Times)—a guide that draws on Chinese Taoism to reexamine humanity’s place in the natural world and the relation between body and spirit. Western thought and culture have coalesced around a series of constructed ideas—that human beings stand separate from a nature that must be controlled; that the mind is somehow superior to the body; that all sexuality entails a seduction—that in some way underlie our exploitation of the earth, our distrust of emotion, and our loneliness and reluctance to love. Here, Watts fundamentally challenges these assumptions, drawing on the precepts of Taoism to present 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.

Beyond Theology

Beyond Theology
Author: Alan W. Watts
Publsiher: Dalcassian Publishing Company
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1964
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: 9182736450XXX
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Cloud hidden Whereabouts Unknown

Cloud hidden  Whereabouts Unknown
Author: Alan Watts
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2011-10-19
ISBN 10: 030780786X
ISBN 13: 9780307807861
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Cloud hidden Whereabouts Unknown Book Review:

Over the course of nineteen essays, Alan Watts ("a spiritual polymatch, the first and possibly greatest" —Deepak Chopra) 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, Cloud-Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown 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.

The Collected Letters of Alan Watts

The Collected Letters of Alan Watts
Author: Alan Watts,Anne Watts
Publsiher: New World Library
Total Pages: 632
Release: 2018-12-11
ISBN 10: 1608686086
ISBN 13: 9781608686087
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Collected Letters of Alan Watts Book Review:

Philosopher, author, and lecturer Alan Watts (1915–1973) popularized Zen Buddhism and other Eastern philosophies for the counterculture of the 1960s. Today, new generations are finding his writings and lectures online, while faithful followers worldwide continue to be enlightened by his teachings. The Collected Letters of Alan Watts reveals the remarkable arc of Watts's colorful and controversial life, from his school days in England to his priesthood in the Anglican Church as chaplain of Northwestern University to his alternative lifestyle and experimentation with LSD in the heyday of the late sixties. His engaging letters cover a vast range of subject matter, with recipients ranging from High Church clergy to high priests of psychedelics, government officials, publishers, critics, family, and fans. They include C. G. Jung, Henry Miller, Gary Snyder, Aldous Huxley, Reinhold Niebuhr, Timothy Leary, Joseph Campbell, and James Hillman. Watts’s letters were curated by two of his daughters, Joan Watts and Anne Watts, who have added rich, behind-the-scenes biographical commentary. Edited by Joan Watts & Anne Watts

Ego

Ego
Author: Alan Watts
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 63
Release: 1975
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: UVA:X000301649
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ego Book Review:

Evolution of a Taboo

Evolution of a Taboo
Author: Max D. Price
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2020-12-18
ISBN 10: 0197543294
ISBN 13: 9780197543290
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Evolution of a Taboo Book Review:

Pigs are among the most peculiar animals domesticated in the Ancient Near East. Their story, from domestication to taboo, has fascinated historians, archaeologists, and religious studies scholars for decades. Rejecting simple explanations, this book adopts an evolutionary approach that relies on zooarchaeology and texts to unravel the cultural significance of swine in the Near East from the Paleolithic to the present day. Five major themes are covered: The domestication of the pig from wild boars in the Neolithic period, the unique roles that pigs developed in agricultural economies before and after the development of complex societies, the raising of swine in cities, the shifting ritual roles of pigs, and the formation and development of the pork taboo in Judaism and, later, Islam. The origins and significance of this taboo have inspired much debate. Evolution of a Taboo contends that the well-known taboo described in Leviticus evolved over time, beginning with conflicts between Israelites and Philistines in the early part of the Iron Age, and later was mobilized by Judah's priestly elite in the writing of the Biblical texts. Centuries later, the pig taboo became a point of contention in the ethno-political struggles between Jewish and Greco-Roman cultures in the Levant; later still, between Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Through these conflicts, the pig taboo grew in power. As this rich account illustrates, it came to define the relations between pigs and people in the Near East and beyond, up to the present day.