The Way of Zen

  • by Alan W. Watts
  • Narrated by Ralph Blum
  • 3 hrs and 0 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Discover how the understanding and practice of Zen can bring peace and enlightenment into your daily life in this classic work. Narrated by Ralph Blum, this audio program presents readings of carefully chosen selections from Alan Watts's classic best seller, illuminated by rare recordings of the author personally commenting and elaborating on the key concepts and ideas of his seminal work including:
The history of Zen

The principles and practice of Zen

The tradition of Za-Zen (meditation) and the Koan

The integration of Zen into every aspect of lifeThe Way of Zen presents an understandable, inspirational, and spiritually rewarding exploration of Zen Buddhism - a way of liberation - that may be one of the most precious gifts of Asia to the world.

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A true "classic"

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This audio presention is a bit of a smorgasboard drawn from rediscovered note and lectures given by Alan Watts in the 1950s & 1960s. This may sound dated, but alongside Shunru Suzuki, Alan Watts was one of the first to introduce the west to Zen & Taoism. His teaching is clear and concise (for the Western mind) and will point you effortlessly towards the spacious beingness at the heart of zen. Alan Watts was one of the "great minds" that ushered in the flowering of consciousness of the 1960s, so these precious mini-lectures are straight from the (western) source of the spring. Recommended to anyone who wants an overview of Zen, or just wants more Zen in their life, or just needs reminding that this "thusness" is always there, fresh and eternal.


What aspect of Ralph Blum’s performance would you have changed?

Could read a little more spaciously.


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- Mogus Rougus

Half way ah-ha!

At first I wasn't sure if this book was for me. As I read along I kept thinking 'I can't do this. I can't sit still. I can't sit in a lotus position for hours on end waiting for enlightenment to happen' and as the book progressed I realized I am an active meditating person. I meditate when I walk. I meditate when I am doing chores. I meditate when I knit. I know because I'm finding myself in the moment and not concerned with what is next or what has passed. By the end of the book I felt far more relaxed and comfortable with the topic. Interesting read.
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- Tina

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-26-2009
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio