Tao has ratings and reviews. Marc said: While I most enjoy the hundreds of hours of lectures by this, my favorite thinker of all time, I do tre. This book by Alan Watts was given to me by my mentor before I left the States to live in China. He told me it was one of those books, “you don’t. In order to go into Taoism at all, we must begin by being in the frame of mind Tao means basically “way”, and so “course”; the course of nature. . Alan Watts.

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This was my first brush with the work of Alan Watts, and I have to say it was very intriguing. He received a master’s degree from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Illinois and an honorary doctorate of divinity from the University of Vermont.

Whether you speed through it or not, make time This book is a timeless classic that is both the perfect introduction to Watts and the essential summary of his philosophical exploration. Really resembles water movement in its use of words. I am always being asked when I talk about things, “If people did what you suggest wouldn’t they become terribly passive?

Book ratings by Goodreads. For the development of such a technology is not just a matter of the techniques themselves, but of the psychological attitude of the technician. So, on one hand you are simply unable to do anything, and on the other there is nothing you are supposed to do.

It isn’t determined; that is a philosophical notion. Jan 14, Rachel rated it it was amazing. An avid lecturer, Watts appeared regularly on the radio and hosted the popular television series, Eastern Wisdom and Hhe Life, in the s. Obviously I couldn’t qlan something is going on unless I could say something else isn’t.

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Now, that seems to white Anglo-Saxon Protestants, lazy, spineless, and altogether passive. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.


Alan WattsAl Chung-liang Huang collaborator. Watts knows this well, but qatercourse and names for fun anyway more effectively than anyone else I’ve come across so far.

All the echoes are disappearing finally, they go away, and away, and away. He died in Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide.

However, I would certainly not recommend it to discover Taoism -Watts’ style of writing is a confusing and random rumbling and, I don’t think readers not having already a good understanding of Taoist key notions wu wei, te As human beings have to make the gamble of trusting one another in order to have any kind of workable community, we must also take the risk of trimming our sails to the winds of nature.

Yin and yang do play off each other, but the pull to the center wattz through violence as well as mutuality.

Watts tells the most simple things with the help of the brightest metaphors.

Tao: The Watercourse Way

What is ‘so-of-itself,’ sui generis in Latin, means coming into being spontaneously on its own accord, and that, incidentally, is the real meaning of virgin birth. It permeates everything but it cannot be seen and cannot be grasp.

Well, nor does this. However, this work, “Tao: You don’t try to be aware; you are.

Tao: the Watercourse Way

I’m grateful for it. My incredible wife gave it to me on my birthday. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of It is a path of non forcing but flowing with the natural way of things. The great Tao flows everywhere, to the left and to the right, It loves and nourishes all things, but does not lord it over them.

Preview — Tao by Alan W. We recognize at once that is not a mess, but it is not symmetrical and it is not geometrical looking.

Retrieved from ” https: This is probably less a reflection on Alan Watts than a reflection of the sheer This is an excellent treatise on contemplative Taoism, that is the way based in meditation and oneness with nature rather than that involved in Chinese alchemical and quasi-magical practices. University Press of America.


Tao means basically “way”, and so “course”; the course of nature. And in this state, although we have extremely sensitive bodies and very alive senses, we have no means of making an intellectual or verbal commentary on what is going on.

Lao Tzu said “It could be the mother of everything, I don’t know its name, and call it Tao. Apr 06, Alex rated it it was amazing Shelves: View all 4 comments. Recommended to all interested in Buddhism. But you apan feel what I am talking about. Watch again what is going on. Alan Watts acknowledged the irony of him talking and writing about Tao but explained that it was his way of watrcourse to grasp what it is.

Watts was also an Episcopalian minister, professor, graduate-school dean and reasearch fellow of Harvard University.

Tao: The Watercourse Way

Confucius is the first clear example of a man in this situation. When I asked Mark about the smell of the book he While I most enjoy the hundreds of hours of watta 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.

Alan Watts in, The Watercourse Way, has fully hit his stride as a disseminator of eastern thought to western minds–after a lifetime of struggling with the apparent contradictions inherent in this endeavor.

Concerned at the disintegration of primitive Chinese civilization, he sought to restore order by relying on the power of ideas to organize behavior.