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The Tao of Philosophy: The Edited Transcripts (The Love of Wisdom Library)

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Who am I? Why am I here? What is the nature of the world around me?
Alan Watts (1915 – 1973)—noted professor, graduate-school dean, Harvard University research fellow, and Episcopal priest—examines these fundamental questions from a Taoist perspective, learning to appreciate not just the bowl but the empty space within it. With down-to-earth writing he reveals our direct co
Paperback, 128 pages
Published October 15th 1999 by Tuttle Publishing (first published 1995)
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Sotiris Makrygiannis
Sometimes he has some points but then he goes on and rumbles because he loves his voice.
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it
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A useful read with several worthwhile nuggets but overall highly meandering and repetitive in its style. I felt I gained little after the midway point in the book.
Aug 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Watts blasts us with the idea that our languages and thought processes are filled with contradictions, and in turn, offers answers with more contradictions. My biggest question is that if we're to live in the moment, as Watts suggests, then why in the hell did he live for the future by becoming an episcopalian priest, attending Ivy league school, and writing crappy books? If Watts' view of the world is true, then I would suggest jumping off the nearest tall building, bridge, or mountain top and ...more
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Until we trust Nature...we are doomed. One of those books that confirms some ideas I was already mulling around in my head! What I enjoyed was that is was not one-sided...did not go out of the way to disprove anything...just give a stated opinion regarding different ways of thinking giving examples why we think how we do regarding purpose of life. Spot light vs. flood light. Prickly vs. goo. It is not just one thing- Christianity, Zen, Tao, Buddhism,'s that everyone is saying the very ...more
David Sasaki
Aug 22, 2016 rated it liked it
I read this during a one-week trek in solitude through Nepal's Langtang National Park. Watts' focus on controlling oneself rather than one's environment spoke immediately to me as a 19-year-old self trying to make sense of Nepalese culture and Eastern philosophy while coming to terms with just how American and individualistic I was.
Quinn da Matta
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Alan Watts' greatest greatest gift is not only his incredible mind, but more his humor and wit that make his work and teachings so appealing and interesting.

He has a great skill of taking complex philosophical and religious beliefs and concepts and turning them into unforgettable anecdotes and stories.
Dec 02, 2007 rated it really liked it
It was surely something different:) I found the ideas he presented very interesting, even now after so many years after the authot has passed away.
It is material for someone who likes to challange his/her way of understanding life, religion and the world around us.
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Oct 20, 2007 rated it it was ok
bahasanya muter-muter. pusying. mesti baca berkali-kali baru nyambung. palagi dulu me masih belum terlalu kenal sama tao.
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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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“When you look at the clouds they are not symmetrical. They do not form fours and they do not come along in cubes, but you know at once that they are not a mess. [...] They are wiggly but in a way, orderly, although it is difficult for us to describe that kind of order. Now, take a look at yourselves. You are all wiggly. [...] We are just like clouds, rocks and stars. Look at the way the stars are arranged. Do you criticize the way the stars are arranged?” 1 likes
“Your hair grows by itself, your heart beats by itself, and your breath happens pretty much by itself. Your glands secrete the essences by themselves and you do not have voluntary control over these things, and so we say they happen spontaneously. So, when you go to bed and try to go to sleep you interfere with the spontaneous process of going to sleep. If you try to breathe real hard you will find you get balled-up in your breathing. So if you are to be human, you just have to trust yourself to go to sleep, to digest your food, and to have bowel movements. Of course if something goes seriously wrong and you need a surgeon that is another matter, but by and large the healthy human being does not from the start of life need surgical interference. One lets it happen by itself, and so with the whole picture that is fundamental to it. You have to let go and let it happen, because if you don’t then you are constantly going to be trying to do what happens easily only if you do not try. When you think a bit about what people really want to do with their time, and you ask what they do when they are not being pushed around or somebody is telling them what to do, you find they like to make rhythms. They listen to music and they dance or they sing, or perhaps they do something of a rhythmic nature like playing cards, bowling, or raising their elbows. Given the chance, everybody wants to spend their time swinging.” 0 likes
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