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Tao by Alan W. Watts
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Dec 22, 2008

it was amazing

While I most enjoy the hundreds of hours of lectures by this, my favorite thinker of all time, I do treasure this book which was his last - and was a gift to me from his son Mark. After I received it, I noticed the musty smell of a fine old book. Watts died in the 70's while in his late 50's and he lived on a houseboat in Sausalito harbor near San Francisco (he also had a cabin in the forests just 30 minutes north where he would go for solitude). When I asked Mark about the smell of the book he told me that it had come from a box of the books which were on his boat.....and so it is a treasure to me.
His audio is widely available online and I am happy to share incredible lectures I have of him speaking to impressive audiences (IBM Systems Engineers, Southern Methodist University, and countless other churches, and other places of spiritual focus - always without notes and his velvet voice and classic English accent - not only with sense of humor always intact, but his speaking is never tainted with any verbal crutch nor do I recall him ever repeating the same words - even rarely articulating the same concept. He is/was deeply knowledgeable about most subjects but especially theology, comparative religions, psychiatry/psychology, art, music , languages, literature, education, ecology, mythology, mysticism, consciousness (in all it's seemingly infinite states), logic and so much more. His friends were Carl Jung, Bertrand Russell, Alan Ginsberg, D.T. Suzuki, G.K. Chesterton and countless other authors, artists, musicians, spiritual leaders and intellectuals of both the east and west. He is a singular master in his ability to bring truth to especially Christianity, Buddhism, psychiatry and 'common perceptions and mis-perceptions' His ultimate love of life and lighthearted view of it, along with his incredible knowledge and admission to his own "inherent rascality" (we all are rascals at times!) endears him to me and I suspect to any open minded thinking person! If you would llke to talk or receive audio, please call me! Marc: 760.633.0004
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