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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Like the soft branches of a tree that is able to survive the strong winds compared to the hard branches that resist and aay. Alan Watts is a very, very good writer.

Watts was the author tap some twenty books on the philosophy and psychology of religion that have been published in many languages throughout the world, including the bestselling The Way of Zen.

Economies and cultures that have coexisted in ecological balance for thousands of years have been disrupted all around the world, with often disastrous results. Or is it ‘perfect’ i.

If you shut your eyes, and contemplate reality only with your ears, you will find there is a background of silence, and all sounds are coming out of it. Jan 09, Jim rated it it was amazing Shelves: This discussion is having a huge impact on me. When a one experiences oneself and the universe happening together, the other illusion watecrourse is liable to have is that it is determined in the sense that what is happening now follows necessarily from what happened in the past.

Some of the chapters, such as the one on Chinese writing will probably lose the neophyte. This book is a timeless classic that is both the perfect watervourse to Watts and the essential summary of his philosophical exploration. Alan Watts died in It reigns but does not rule. Or using your opponent’s aggressiveness to fall him as in judo or aikido.

Tao: the Watercourse Way

Apr 06, Alex rated it it was amazing Shelves: The moment he moves to be aggressive you go either lower than he is, or in a smaller circle than he is moving. But Lao-tzu explains that the top position is the most insecure.


This is the book with which to start if you would like to explore philosophical Taoism–or Zen Buddhism, for that matter–as opposed to later religious Taoism. Apr 29, Josh added it. Oct 30, Tony rated it really liked it Shelves: As usual, Watts does an excellent job of bridging eastern and western philosophy while retaining historical context. And even without the intellectual reasons, the ideograms themselves are beautiful to see.

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. Alan Watts Excerpt from: We recognize at apan that is not a mess, but it is not symmetrical and it is not geometrical looking.

Tao: The Watercourse Way

What else can you watercougse This short book five chapters, with a Preface, Bibliography, etc. You will find, of course, that you can not stop the commentary going wayercourse inside your head, but at least you can regard it as interior noise. The philosophy he loved more than the one he was known for, he intended to get that last chapter in to truly express Tao, in perhaps bittersweet irony he never got to do so, thus furthering the misconception that it is too difficult to “get” Taoism.

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The visual buzz, the audible buzz, the tangible buzz, the smellable buzz– all around the buzz is going on. Of course, it’s not as if he didn’t write anything else, and there are a mess o’ his talks on YouTube to aatts me going.

Watts begins with scholarship and intellect and proceeds with art and eloquence to the frontiers of the spirit. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more.

His Tao cannot be monotheistic. Following the chapter on Chinese ideograms Watts covers four basic principles of Taoism: An Introduction and Guide before moving to the United States in the late thirties, and was largely responsible for the rapid spread of the writings of his teacher, D.


They all are trying to express the essence of li. We, as its adherents, are sailors who work with the wind or like carpenters who work with the grain. No eBook available Amazon. This was the last book Alan Watts would write, and, in fact, he died before it was widely released.

Watts elegatly explains the Tao as the watercourse way, showing how it is both life-philosophy and a deep expression of Chinese culture. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of It’s a simple difference I wonder why it wasn’t obvious to me beforebut an important one.

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. An avid lecturer, Watts appeared regularly on the radio and hosted the popular television series, Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life, in the s.

Oct 11, Frank D’hanis junior rated it really liked it. Its first chapter on Chinese written language was truly thought-provoking. Jan 14, Rachel rated it it was amazing. He also gives a brief info about historical foundations of the research of Buddh Awesome, mind-blowing, effectively powerful and over all a magnificent piece of work.

Tao: The Watercourse Way by Alan W. Watts

It goes backwards into the past, like a wake goes backwards from a ship. 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. And reading this book liberated my mind from working too hard on the things that must not come hard.