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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.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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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