Cloud-hidden, Whereabouts Unknown

Author: Alan Watts

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 030780786X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 224

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Over the course of nineteen essays, Alan Watts ("a spiritual polymatch, the first and possibly greatest" —Deepak Chopra) ruminates on the philosophy of nature, ecology, aesthetics, religion, and metaphysics. Assembled in the form of a “mountain journal,” written during a retreat in the foothills of Mount Tamalpais, CA, Cloud-Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown is Watts’s meditation on the art of feeling out and following the watercourse way of nature, known in Chinese as the Tao. Embracing a form of contemplative meditation that allows us to stop analyzing our experiences and start living in to them, the book explores themes such as the natural world, established religion, race relations, karma and reincarnation, astrology and tantric yoga, the nature of ecstasy, and much more.

Cloud Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown

Author: Victoria Rose

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781598001150

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 2054

A COMPELLING BLEND OF FACT AND FICTION meant to disturb your ideas of sexuality, religion and our selfish concepts of love. The planet Gareth is being destroyed as three sisters prepare to leave. They agree to travel in one body--Christina's. She takes the soul-spirits of Toni and Josy into herself, reduces her body physics to light waves, travels through space, and arrives via sunbeam in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Former SEAL Mac Dakota, Comanche Indian Hawk, and Sheriff Thomas Day are the chosen men who enjoy the special gifts, abilities, and unique sexual attitudes of these alien women. After obtaining IDs, clothes, and jobs, the sisters decide to use their gifts and shapeshifting abilities to enhance their personal financial situation and at the same time reduce drug trafficking in the small town of Hot Springs. Want to know about life on Gareth? . . . why no governments, no religions, no doctors, hospitals, crime or jails, why all males were hermaphrodites, why their attitudes about sex were/are unique . . . please read this book.

What Is Tao?

Author: Alan Watts

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 1577318161

Category: Religion

Page: 96

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Alan Watts — noted author and respected authority on Far Eastern thought — studied Taoism extensively, and in his final years moved to a quiet cabin in the mountains and dedicated himself almost exclusively to meditating and writing on the Tao. This new book gives us an opportunity to not only understand the concept of the Tao but to experience the Tao as a personal practice of liberation from the limitations imposed by the common beliefs within our culture. The philosophy of the Tao offers a way to understand the value of ourselves as free-willed individuals enfolded within the ever-changing patterns of nature. The path of the Tao is perhaps the most puzzling way of liberation to come to us from the Far East in the last century. It is both practical and esoteric, and it has a surprisingly comfortable quality of thought that is often overlooked by Western readers who never venture beyond the unfamiliar quality of the word Tao (pronounced "dow"). But those who do soon discover a way of understanding and living with the world that has profound implications for us today in so-called modern societies. The word Tao means the Way — in the sense of a path, a way to go — but it also means nature, in the sense of one's true nature, and the nature of the universe. Often described as the philosophy of nature, we find the origins of Taoism in the shamanic world of pre-Dynastic China. Living close to the earth, one sees the wisdom of not interfering, and letting things go their way. It is the wisdom of swimming with the current, splitting wood along the grain, and seeking to understand human nature instead of changing it. Every creature finds it's way according to the laws of nature, and each of us has our own inner path — or Tao.

What Is Zen?

Author: Alan Watts

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 157731817X

Category: Religion

Page: 128

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A fervent, lifelong student of Zen, Alan Watts shows us that it is both an experience — a singular, powerful moment of realization — and a simple way of life, with an awareness that affects every moment of every day. Adopted by mainstream America in a way that carries only a vague association of its roots in Zen Buddhism, Alan Watts makes it clear that any exploration of Zen must understand and embrace its roots as a form of Buddhist practice derived from its Chinese and East Indian sources. Examining the background of Zen in East Indian religion, Watts shows us its evolution through the religion of China. Zen is a synthesis of the contemplative insight of Indian religion and the dynamic liveliness of Taoism as they came together in the pragmatic, practical environment of Confucian China. Watts gives us great insight into the living moment of satori and the release of nirvana, as well as the methods of meditation that are current today, and the influence of Zen culturally in the arts of painting and pottery.

Out of Your Mind

Author: Alan Watts

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780285644083


Page: N.A

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It was essential to Alan Watts' philosophy that in order to come to your senses, you sometimes need to go out of your mind. Out of Your Mind immerses the reader in six of Alan Watts' most engaging teachings on how to break through the limits of the rational mind and expand your awareness and appreciation for the life unfolding all around us. Escape the trap of conventional thought through the art of the 'controlled accident' -- what happens when you stop taking your life so seriously and start enjoying it with complete sincerity. Fully embrace chaos and the void in order to find our deepest purpose.


Author: Alan Watts,Al Chung-liang Huang

Publisher: Souvenir Press

ISBN: 9780285640504

Category: Chinese language

Page: 160

View: 555

A seminal work in treating the Tao as a way of thought that can heal the problems of a materialistic culture. Alan Watts has been described as the best guide to the spirit of the Tao, which he explains for a western readership.

Eastern Wisdom, Modern Life

Author: Alan Watts

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 1577311809

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

View: 1135

Alan Watts introduced millions of Western readers to Zen and other Eastern philosophies. But he is also recognized as a brilliant commentator on Judeo-Christian traditions, as well as a celebrity philosopher who exemplified the ideas — and lifestyle — of the 1960s counterculture. In this compilation of controversial lectures that Watts delivered at American universities throughout the sixties, he challenges readers to reevaluate Western culture's most hallowed constructs. Watts treads the familiar ground of interpreting Eastern traditions, but he also covers new territory, exploring the counterculture's basis in the ancient tribal and shamanic cultures of Asia, Siberia, and the Americas. In the process, he addresses some of the era's most important questions: What is the nature of reality? How does an individual's relationship to society affect this reality? Filled with Watts's playful, provocative style, the talks show the remarkable scope of a philosopher at his prime, exploring and defining the sixties counterculture as only Alan Watts could.

The Freedom House

Author: Rick Wallenbrock

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595330924

Category: Fiction

Page: 296

View: 6746

During the tail end of the Vietnam War, the US Army Europe, faced with a large drug problem among soldiers stationed in Germany, opens the Freedom House, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. A group of unforgettable characters are chosen to administer an unorthodox program laced with Zen Buddhism, Taoism and an enigmatic teacher, Duane Baldini, an ex-Marine. Duane brings Christopher Bold on board, a confused college graduate who is trying to find his own way against the legacy and the background of the turbulent and revolutionary period of the late sixties. Christopher is confronted by the universal struggle with dualities--the mind vs. the body, the head vs. the heart, "them" vs. "us" in his attempt to find the road to himself. He also is confronted by First Sgt. Ron Slade, a career Army man, whose "real" world experience clashes with the "new age" teaching and antics of both Duane and Christopher. The result is a story that is funny, poignant, and fascinating in its portrayal of a young man on a journey to find himself against the tragedy of war, strife, a torn nation and the comedy of a M.A.S.H.-like military environment.

The Book

Author: Alan Watts

Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd

ISBN: 9780285638532

Category: Self

Page: 176

View: 1553

Self Help.

The Joyous Cosmology

Author: Alan W. Watts

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 1608682056

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 152

View: 3925

In describing the effects of mescaline, Aldous Huxley’s The Doors of Perception opened a proverbial door for a generation of seekers. Watts walked through it with this classic account of the levels of insight that consciousness-changing drugs can facilitate “when accompanied with sustained philosophical reflection by a person who is in search, not of kicks, but of understanding.” Watts and peers including foreword authors Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert (then Harvard professors) anticipated physicists’ recognizing the individual’s “inseparability from the rest of the world,” the work of New Age thinkers who combine scientific findings and spiritual experiences, and federally funded clinical trials utilizing psilocybin to treat a variety of conditions. More than an artifact, The Joyous Cosmology is both a riveting memoir of Watts’s personal experiments and a profound meditation on our perennial questions about the nature of existence and the existence of the sacred.