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Alan W. Watts
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Zen and the Beat Way

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"Zen and the Beat Way" is based upon selections from Alan Watts's early radio talks, many of which were first aired on the Pacifica Radio Network in the late fifties and early sixties, and sessions from two of his most compelling seminars
in the mid-sixties.
ebook, 111 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by Tuttle Publishing (first published January 1st 1900)
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May 30, 2012 Amber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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My partner in life was involved in a horrible car accident in December 2011. Today it is six months later and THANK GOD he is ok, but we both have aged about twenty years. Now that the storm has settled and I can concentrate on every day life again, I am gravitating back to the things that mean the most to me. Because my perspective is now forever changed, the list is short. Besides my wonderful man, I care about dance, yoga, Zen. I am no longer concerned with the 10,000 things--the minutiae of ...more
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Feb 01, 2014 Michaela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anything I've read by Alan Watts is an exciting trip through shifting perspectives. He claims that the Beat movement (and what followed) originated in the halls of Eastern Studies departments in California following World War II. My partner doesn't accept that thesis, but I actually do. Since this is a compilation of works, other concepts are discussed as well, such as our warped understanding of "time."
Chad Carson
Oct 05, 2012 Chad Carson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quick read with all sorts of yummy zen tidbits of wisdom that are offered up in the unique Alan Watts manner. I highly recommend this book to anyone who doesn't take life and spirituality too serious. One of the greatest things about the work of Alan Watts is his uncanny ability to make profound concepts very practical and simple. I had a most enjoyable time reading this book ;)
Steven Elliott
Interesting and confusing all at the same time, Watts offers ideas and thoughts that were amazing, but often gave me moments of WTF. Not the most literate response to his man's work but it was honest. I will explore him more for sure, but for a reader, you may need to stop and reread his work to understand.
Sep 18, 2008 Bret rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
maybe it's just where i'm at right now in life, but this book was right up my alley. zen principles, going for the authentic experience, not some watered down imitation, are what watts is getting at. a collection of short essays/lectures that he gave on the radio.
Kelly Caplan
Jan 02, 2011 Kelly Caplan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A short, sweet collection of a few transcribed symposiums and talks Watts gave throughout the 50's. I found it a very interesting, enthusiastic introduction to Eastern Thought(Primarily Zen customs as well as a lovely and refreshing perspective of the world. I really like this guy!
A collection of essays--based on a selection of radio talks and lectures given by Alan Watts in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Prior to reading this, I had not read anything by him since my college days in the 1960s. I found these essays somewhat dated and a bit dry.
Peter Zockoll
Jul 15, 2014 Peter Zockoll rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More a condensed version of Watts' Way of Zen than a book about the Beat lifestyle, but a short and very accessible Zen book nonetheless.
Jay S
May 25, 2010 Jay S rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting, but not quite what I expected from it -- a fault that's my own for making assumptions, and not the book in itself. Still, quite an interesting & enjoyable read.
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Feb 06, 2014 Neens Bea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality, 2015
The Beats are only mentioned in the introduction, but although the book is not what I thought it would be, I am still very glad I came across it.
Jan 17, 2010 Steven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Alan Wilson Watts was a British philosopher, writer and speaker, who held both a Master's in Theology and a Doctorate of Divinity. Famous for his research on comparative religion, he was best known as an interpreter and popularizer of Asian philosophies for a Western audience. He wrote over 25 books and numerous articles on subjects such as personal identity, the true nature of reality, higher con ...more
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