Alan Watts 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
Alan Watts Alan Watts explores how the mind can get in the way of the spirit, and how this plays out to hinder those trying to improve. Watts explains how to "get out of your own way" and relax into the nature of reality. Alan Watts was a comparative religion scholar, who spoke and wrote on topics of spirituality with a focus on Eastern systems of philosophy (especially Zen Buddhism and Taoism). Watts is credited as helping to spread Eastern philosophy throughout the West, beginning in the 1930's.
Alan Watts In this compilation of controversial lectures that Watts delivered at American universities throughout the sixties, he challenges readers to reevaluate Western culture's most pressing thoughts.
Alan Watts Deep down, most people think that happiness comes from having or doing something. 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, Western mysticism, and analytic psychology, Watts demonstrates that happiness comes from accepting both the outer world around us and the inner world inside us — the unconscious mind, with its irrational desires, 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.
Alan Watts An invaluable guide on the journey to wisdom and self-understanding
Alan Watts remains one of the great interpreters of Eastern wisdom for Westerners, making it accessible for all readers and not just ivory-tower academics. Part of Watts’ genius was his ability to take what seemed esoteric and mystical and bring forth the essence. In so doing, he added greatly to the fabric of Western spirituality. Watts’ deepest study became Buddhism, even spending the latter part of his life at a remote cabin in the woods, meditating each morning, and then writing. This landmark interactive collection, Alan Watts Essentials, is the first book to offer his narration and helpful infographics, shedding new light on his revelatory texts, including thee of his most popular books.
Still the Mind comes from Alan Watts’ writing and talks from the cabin years, reflecting a maturity and level of understanding that can only come from years of meditation. What Is Tao? explores the ancient philosophy of Tao and its great wisdom for living well and understanding our natural being. What Is Zen? examines the religious roots of Zen Buddhism, its influence on Eastern and Western culture, its transcendent moments, and approaches to the practice of meditation. Watts saw Zen as “one of the most precious gifts of Asia to the world,” and shares this gift with the world. Alan Watts Essentials, with the unique interactive features, offers an immersive course from the very source, Alan Watts words in his own voice.
Alan Watts The widespread influence of Buddhism is due in part to the skill with which a way of liberation was refined by it's teachers and became accessible to people of diverse cultures.
In this dynamic series of lectures, Alan Watts takes us on an exploration of Buddhism, from its roots in India to the explosion of interest in Zen and the Tibetan tradition in the West. Watts traces the Indian beginnings of Buddhism, delineates differences between Buddhism and other religions, looks at the radical methods of the Mahayan Buddhist, and reviews the Four Noble Truths and The Eightfold Path
Alan Watts When Jack Karouac wrote about Zen in Dharma Bums he was echoing the sentiments of the Beat generation, who found in Zen credence for a way of life unencumbered by the limits of "square" society. And it was Alan Watts who first wrote and spoke about Zen and Eastern culture in terms accessible to mainstream Western audiences.
Through his popular radio series Way Beyond the West Alan Watts brought listeners a delightful and practical side of Zen, which he prescribed as "a cure for education and culture." By the early sixties his radio programs were renowned for their synthesis of Eastern wisdom and everyday life. Several of these radio talks have been selected and edited by Mark Watts, Alan's oldest son, to introduce a new generation to Zen and the Beat Way.
Through this collection we see influences of D.T. Suzuki, C.G. Jung, Gary Snyder and others. Specific chapters discuss Zen influences on traditional Japanese and Chinese arts and explore the celebrated concept of the "controlled accident" within the rich tradition of Zen aesthetics. Also included is "Return to the Forest," an essay that explores the works of Joseph Campbell on the earliest Beat tradition.
Alan Watts Instant Weather Forecasting has been a perennial bestseller since it was first published nearly 50 years ago. A brilliant concept, its winning formula of 24 clear colour photographs of cloud formations and their accompanying explanatory text enables the reader to read the sky, pick up the clues, and predict what the weather will do.
This revised and updated 5th edition takes into account the new ways users can receive professional weather forecasts, factor them into their own cloud observations, and develop an even better understanding of how the weather will change.
This bestselling gem of a book will continue to be invaluable to anyone participating in outdoor activities, from farming, gardening and walking to riding, golfing, flying, sailing, fishing - and of course holidaymakers.