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

The Wisdom of Insecurity

The Wisdom of Insecurity
Author: Alan Watts
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 152
Release: 1951
ISBN 10: 0307741206
ISBN 13: 9780307741202
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Wisdom of Insecurity Book Review:

Suggests that the best way to achieve security in life is to let go of the anxiety associated with the past and future, understand and accept the limits of technology and science, and to focus on the present moment.

Wisdom Of Insecurity

Wisdom Of Insecurity
Author: Alan W Watts
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2012-08-31
ISBN 10: 1448147999
ISBN 13: 9781448147991
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Wisdom Of Insecurity Book Review:

'A revelatory classic' Maria Popova 'A spiritual polymath, the first and possibly greatest' Deepak Chopra What we have forgotten is that thoughts and words are conventions, and that it is fatal to take conventions too seriously Too often we fall into the trap of anticipating the future while lamenting the past and in the midst of this negative loop we forget how to live in the now. In this iconic and prescient text, pioneering Zen scholar Alan Watts shows us how, in an age of unprecedented anxiety, we must embrace the present in order to live a fulfilling life.

The Age of Anxiety

The Age of Anxiety
Author: W. H. Auden
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2011-02-27
ISBN 10: 069113815X
ISBN 13: 9780691138152
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Age of Anxiety Book Review:

An annotated critical edition of Auden's last, longest book-length poem.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Myth and Ritual In Christianity

Myth and Ritual In Christianity
Author: Alan Watts
Publsiher: Beacon Press
Total Pages: 280
Release: 1971-06-01
ISBN 10: 9780807013755
ISBN 13: 0807013757
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Myth and Ritual In Christianity Book Review:

“Our main object will be to describe one of the most incomparably beautiful myths that has ever flowered from the mind of man, or from the unconscious processes which shape it and which are in some sense more than man.… This is, furthermore, to be a description and not a history of Christian Mythology.… After description, we shall attempt an interpretation of the myth along the general lines of the philosophia perennis, in order to bring out the truly catholic or universal character of the symbols, and to share the delight of discovering a fountain of wisdom in a realm where so many have long ceased to expect anything but a desert of platitudes.” —from the Prologue

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.

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.

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.

Behold the Spirit

Behold the Spirit
Author: Alan Watts
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2011-04-06
ISBN 10: 0307784339
ISBN 13: 9780307784339
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Behold the Spirit Book Review:

"The perfect guide for a course correction in life" (Deepak Chopra) that teaches us how to enjoy a deeper, more meaningful relationship with the spiritual in our present troubled times. Drawing on his experiences as a former priest, Watts skillfully explains how the intuition of Eastern religion—Zen Buddhism, in particular—can be incorporated into the doctrines of Western Christianity, offering a timeless argument for the place of mystical religion in today’s world.

Still the Mind

Still the Mind
Author: Alan Watts
Publsiher: New World Library
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2010-10-05
ISBN 10: 1577313291
ISBN 13: 9781577313298
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Still the Mind Book Review:

Mark Watts compiled this book from his father's extensive journals and audiotapes of famous lectures he delivered in his later years across the country. In three parts, Alan Watts explains the basic philosophy of meditation, how individuals can practice a variety of meditations, and how inner wisdom grows naturally.

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.

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.

A Beautiful Constraint

A Beautiful Constraint
Author: Adam Morgan,Mark Barden
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2015-01-07
ISBN 10: 1118899458
ISBN 13: 9781118899458
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Beautiful Constraint Book Review:

An inspiring yet practical guide for transforming limitations into opportunities A Beautiful Constraint: How to Transform Your Limitations Into Advantages And Why It's Everyone's Business Now is a book about everyday, practical inventiveness, designed for the constrained times in which we live. It describes how to take the kinds of issues that all of us face today—lack of time, money, resources, attention, know-how—and see in them the opportunity for transformation of oneself and one's organization's fortunes. The ideas in the book are based on the authors' extensive work as business consultants, and are brought to life in 35 personal interviews from such varied sources as Nike, IKEA, Unilever, the U.S. Navy, Formula One racecar engineers, public school teachers in California, and barley farmers in South Africa. Underpinned by scientific research into the psychology of breakthrough, the book is a practical handbook full of tools and tips for how to make more from less. Beautifully designed and accessible, A Beautiful Constraint will appeal beyond its core business audience to anyone who needs to find the opportunity in constraint. The book takes the reader on a journey through the mindset, method and motivation required to move from the initial "victim" stage into the transformation stage. It challenges us to: Examine how we've become path dependent—stuck with routines that blind us from seeing opportunity along new paths Ask Propelling Questions to help us break free of those paths and put the most pressing and valuable constraints at the heart of our process Adopt a Can If mentality to answer these questions—focused on "how," not "if" Access the abundance to be found all around us to help transform constraints Activate the high-octane mix of emotions necessary to fuel the tenacity required for success We live in a world of seemingly ever-increasing constraints, driven as much by an overabundance of choices and connections as by a scarcity of time and resources. How we respond to these constraints is one of the most important issues of our time and will be a large determinant of our progress as people, businesses and planet, in the future. A Beautiful Constraint calls for a more widespread capability for constraint-driven problem solving and provides the framework to achieve that.

What Is Tao

What Is Tao
Author: Alan Watts
Publsiher: New World Library
Total Pages: 96
Release: 2010-10-06
ISBN 10: 1577318161
ISBN 13: 9781577318163
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

What Is Tao Book Review:

Alan Watts — noted author and respected authority on Far Eastern thought — studied Taoism extensively, and in his final years moved to a quiet cabin in the mountains and dedicated himself almost exclusively to meditating and writing on the Tao. This new book gives us an opportunity to not only understand the concept of the Tao but to experience the Tao as a personal practice of liberation from the limitations imposed by the common beliefs within our culture. The philosophy of the Tao offers a way to understand the value of ourselves as free-willed individuals enfolded within the ever-changing patterns of nature. The path of the Tao is perhaps the most puzzling way of liberation to come to us from the Far East in the last century. It is both practical and esoteric, and it has a surprisingly comfortable quality of thought that is often overlooked by Western readers who never venture beyond the unfamiliar quality of the word Tao (pronounced "dow"). But those who do soon discover a way of understanding and living with the world that has profound implications for us today in so-called modern societies. The word Tao means the Way — in the sense of a path, a way to go — but it also means nature, in the sense of one's true nature, and the nature of the universe. Often described as the philosophy of nature, we find the origins of Taoism in the shamanic world of pre-Dynastic China. Living close to the earth, one sees the wisdom of not interfering, and letting things go their way. It is the wisdom of swimming with the current, splitting wood along the grain, and seeking to understand human nature instead of changing it. Every creature finds it's way according to the laws of nature, and each of us has our own inner path — or Tao.

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