This Is It: and Other Essays on Zen and Spiritual Experience

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Vintage #ad - 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.

. Six revolutionary essays exploring the relationship between spiritual experience and ordinary life—and the need for them to coexist within each of us.

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Become What You Are: Expanded Edition

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Shambhala #ad - Life exists only at this very moment, and in this moment it is infinite and eternal. 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 limits of language in the face of ineffable spiritual truth, " the Taoist approach to harmonious living, and the psychological symbolism of Christian thought.

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, playfulness of thought, including nine new chapters never before available in book form, Watts displays the intelligence, and simplicity of language that has made him so perennially popular as an interpreter of Eastern thought for Westerners.

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The Meaning of Happiness: The Quest for Freedom of the Spirit in Modern Psychology and the Wisdom of the East

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New World Library #ad - Here, in alan watts’s groundbreaking third book originally published in 1940, he offers a more challenging thesis: authentic happiness comes from embracing life as a whole in all its contradictions and paradoxes, an attitude that Watts calls the “way of acceptance. Drawing on eastern philosophy, with its irrational desires, Watts demonstrates that happiness comes from accepting both the outer world around us and the inner world inside us — the unconscious mind, and analytic psychology, Western mysticism, lurking beyond the awareness of the ego.

. Although written early in his career, the meaning of happiness displays the hallmarks of his mature style: the crystal-clear writing, the homespun analogies, the dry wit, and the breadth of knowledge that made Alan Watts one of the most influential philosophers of his generation. Deep down, most people think that happiness comes from having or doing something.

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The Way of Zen

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Vintage #ad - The way of zen begins as a succinct guide through the histories of Buddhism and Taoism leading up to the development of Zen Buddhism, which drew deeply from both traditions. It then goes on to paint a broad but insightful picture of Zen as it was and is practiced, both as a religion and as an element of diverse East Asian arts and disciplines.

Watts's narrative clears away the mystery while enhancing the mystique of Zen. Since the first publication of this book in 1957, Zen Buddhism has become firmly established in the West. As zen has taken root in western soil, it has incorporated much of the attitude and approach set forth by Watts in The Way of Zen, which remains one of the most important introductory books in Western Zen.

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The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

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Vintage #ad - To help us understand that the self is in fact the root and ground of the universe, Watts has crafted a revelatory primer on what it means to be human—and a mind-opening manual of initiation into the central mystery of existence. In the book,  alan watts provides us with a much-needed answer to the problem of personal identity, distilling and adapting the Hindu philosophy of Vedanta.

. The illusion that we are isolated beings, has led us to view the “outside” world with hostility, unconnected to the rest of the universe, and has fueled our misuse of technology and our violent and hostile subjugation of the natural world. At the root of human conflict is our fundamental misunderstanding of who we are.

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The Wisdom of Insecurity

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Vintage #ad - 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. In the wisdom of insecurity, in order to lead a fulfilling life, he shows us how, we must embrace the present—and live fully in the 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. Featuring an Introduction by Deepak Chopra. We live in an age of unprecedented anxiety.

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Nature, Man and Woman

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Vintage #ad - In nature, man and woman, philosopher alan watts reexamines humanity’s place in the natural world—and the relation between body and spirit—in the light of Chinese Taoism. 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, 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, Watts fundamentally challenges these assumptions, spirit and matter give way to a more holistic way of seeing.

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Does It Matter?: Essays on Man's Relation to Materiality

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New World Library #ad - Here, cooking, 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, with characteristic wit, and housing. Not all of watts's predictions have come to pass, but his unique insights will change the way you look at the world.

This classic series of essays represents Alan Watts's thinking on the astonishing problems caused by our dysfunctional relationship with the material environment. 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.

Does It Matter?: Essays on Man's Relation to Materiality #ad - With our attention locked on numbers and concepts, plants, we are increasingly unconscious of nature and of our total dependence on air, water, insects, animals, 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.

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The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness

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New World Library #ad - Watts walked through it with this classic account of the levels of insight that consciousness-changing drugs can facilitate “when accompanied with sustained philosophical reflection by a person who is in search, not of kicks, but of understanding. Watts and peers including foreword authors timothy leary and richard alpert then Harvard professors anticipated physicists’ recognizing the individual’s “inseparability from the rest of the world, ” the work of New Age thinkers who combine scientific findings and spiritual experiences, and federally funded clinical trials utilizing psilocybin to treat a variety of conditions.

. More than an artifact, the joyous cosmology is both a riveting memoir of Watts’s personal experiments and a profound meditation on our perennial questions about the nature of existence and the existence of the sacred. In describing the effects of mescaline, Aldous Huxley’s The Doors of Perception opened a proverbial door for a generation of seekers.

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