Deep down, most people think that happiness comes from having or doing something. 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.
Become What You Are: Expanded EditionShambhala #ad - He draws on a variety of religious traditions, " the taoist approach to harmonious living, the limits of language in the face of ineffable spiritual truth, and covers topics such as the challenge of seeing one's life "just as it is, and the psychological symbolism of Christian thought. Life exists only at this very moment, and in this moment it is infinite and eternal.
Become What You Are: Expanded Edition #ad - . For the present moment is infinitely small; before we can measure it, it has gone, and yet it exists forever. You may believe yourself out of harmony with life and its eternal Now; but you cannot be, for you are life and exist Now. From become what you are in this collection of writings, including nine new chapters never before available in book form, playfulness of thought, Watts displays the intelligence, and simplicity of language that has made him so perennially popular as an interpreter of Eastern thought for Westerners.
The Wisdom of InsecurityVintage #ad - In the wisdom of insecurity, he shows us how, in order to lead a fulfilling life, we must embrace the present—and live fully in the now. Featuring an Introduction by Deepak Chopra. Spending all our time trying to anticipate and plan for the future and to lamenting the past, we forget to embrace the here and now.
Drawing from eastern philosophy and religion, Alan Watts shows that it is only by acknowledging what we do not—and cannot—know that we can learn anything truly worth knowing. We live in an age of unprecedented anxiety. We are so concerned with tomorrow that we forget to enjoy today.
The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You AreVintage #ad - The illusion that we are isolated beings, has led us to view the “outside” world with hostility, unconnected to the rest of the universe, and has fueled our misuse of technology and our violent and hostile subjugation of the natural world. To help us understand that the self is in fact the root and ground of the universe, Watts has crafted a revelatory primer on what it means to be human—and a mind-opening manual of initiation into the central mystery of existence.
At the root of human conflict is our fundamental misunderstanding of who we are. In the book, alan watts provides us with a much-needed answer to the problem of personal identity, distilling and adapting the Hindu philosophy of Vedanta.
This Is It: and Other Essays on Zen and Spiritual ExperienceVintage #ad - This Is It: and Other Essays on Zen and Spiritual Experience #ad - Six revolutionary essays exploring the relationship between spiritual experience and ordinary life—and the need for them to coexist within each of us. With essays on “cosmic consciousness” including alan watts’ account of his own ventures into this inward realm; the paradoxes of self-consciousness; LSD and consciousness; and the false opposition of spirit and matter, This Is It and Other Essays on Zen and Spiritual Experience is a truly mind-opening collection.
The Way of ZenVintage #ad - The way of zen begins as a succinct guide through the histories of Buddhism and Taoism leading up to the development of Zen Buddhism, which drew deeply from both traditions. It then goes on to paint a broad but insightful picture of Zen as it was and is practiced, both as a religion and as an element of diverse East Asian arts and disciplines.
The Way of Zen #ad - Watts's narrative clears away the mystery while enhancing the mystique of Zen. Since the first publication of this book in 1957, Zen Buddhism has become firmly established in the West. As zen has taken root in western soil, it has incorporated much of the attitude and approach set forth by Watts in The Way of Zen, which remains one of the most important introductory books in Western Zen.
Nature, Man and WomanVintage #ad - In nature, man and woman, philosopher alan watts reexamines humanity’s place in the natural world—and the relation between body and spirit—in the light of Chinese Taoism. Western thought and culture have coalesced around a series of constructed ideas—that human beings stand separate from a nature that must be controlled; that the mind is somehow superior to the body; that all sexuality entails a seduction—that in some way underlie our exploitation of the earth, our distrust of emotion, and our loneliness and reluctance to love.
Here, watts fundamentally challenges these assumptions, drawing on the precepts of Taoism to present an alternative vision of man and the universe—one in which the distinctions between self and other, spirit and matter give way to a more holistic way of seeing.
Does It Matter?: Essays on Man's Relation to MaterialityNew World Library #ad - Here, a philosopher best known for his writings and teachings about mysticism and Eastern philosophy gets down to the nitty-gritty problems of economics, clothing, cooking, with characteristic wit, technology, and housing. Not all of watts's predictions have come to pass, but his unique insights will change the way you look at the world.
. This classic series of essays represents Alan Watts's thinking on the astonishing problems caused by our dysfunctional relationship with the material environment. We have hallucinated the notion that the so-called external world is a cluster of objects separate from ourselves, that we encounter it, that we come into it instead of out of it.
Does It Matter?: Essays on Man's Relation to Materiality #ad - Originally published in 1972, Does It Matter? foretells the environmental problems that arise from this mistaken mind-set. Watts argues that we confuse symbol with reality, our ways of describing and measuring the world with the world itself, and thus put ourselves into the absurd situation of preferring money to wealth and eating the menu instead of the dinner.
With our attention locked on numbers and concepts, water, plants, insects, animals, we are increasingly unconscious of nature and of our total dependence on air, and bacteria.
Psychotherapy East & WestNew World Library #ad - Marking a groundbreaking synthesis, if melded with the hitherto secret wisdom of the Eastern traditions, indeed, brought psychiatry close to the edge of liberation, Watts asserted that the powerful insights of Freud and Jung, which had, could, free people from their battles with the self. When psychotherapy merely helps us adjust to social norms, Watts argued, it falls short of true liberation, while Eastern philosophy seeks our natural relation to the cosmos.
He examined the problem of humans in a seemingly hostile universe in ways that questioned the social norms and illusions that bind and constrict modern humans. Before he became a counterculture hero, Alan Watts was known as an incisive scholar of Eastern and Western psychology and philosophy. In this 1961 classic, vedanta, watts demonstrates his deep understanding of both Western psychotherapy and the Eastern spiritual philosophies of Buddhism, Taoism, and Yoga.
In My Own Way: An AutobiographyNew World Library #ad - Told in a nonlinear style, celebrities, in My Own Way combines Watts's brand of unconventional philosophy with wry observations on Western culture and often hilarious accounts of gurus, and psychedelic drug experiences. In this new edition of his acclaimed autobiography — long out of print and rare until now — Alan Watts tracks his spiritual and philosophical evolution.
In My Own Way: An Autobiography #ad - Watts encouraged readers to “follow your own weird” — something he always did himself, as this remarkable account of his life shows. Self-taught in many areas, he came to Buddhism through the teachings of Christmas Humphreys and D. T. Watts's portrait of himself shows that he was a philosophical renegade from early on in his intellectual life.
A charming foreword by Watts's father sets the tone of this warm, funny, and beautifully written story. Suzuki. A child of religious conservatives in rural England, he went on to become a freewheeling spiritual teacher who challenged Westerners to defy convention and think for themselves.