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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 priestexamines 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
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.
Wise Fool
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I do enjoy my philosophy and the Tao espcially, but Alan Watts seem actually gets the culture it comes from. While others try and explain it on the level of the west, he takes the western mind on a journey to understand the eastern mind, before he even starts explaining the Tao!
Beautifully done!
Aug 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: eastern, philosophy
Watts rambles on.

But, to be perfectly honest, I particularity enjoy when Watts rambles. Truly the title should be the following :

The philosophy of tao, from the eyes of Alan watts. You can read this. You can also simply listen to one of his lectures online. If I were you, I would just listen to the man speak. You won't miss much.
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: spiritual
Great intro book on Tao

Alan Watts always delivers on expanding your mind with new perspectives. At times I felt lost with the content but I kept pushing through to find deeper understanding.
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: library
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.
Sadat Issah
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Has some very interesting ideas
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 ...more

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