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Alan Watts died 11 years after I was born, and I had not been exposed to his work until now. And I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed this recording of his discussions. It made me think. It made me laugh. It confirmed some of my deepest held convictions and dispelled a few misconceptions, especially my opinions, which apparently were not well formed and insufficiently researched, of Zen Buddhism and Hinduism. This collection of Watts speaking before small groups of people some time in the late 60s or early 70s is poorly recorded and often long, but it felt perfectly captured and all-too-short to my ears.
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This series of lectures is a comprehensive compilation of Watts teaching on Buddhism, Zen, Hinduism and Taoism. Plus there is also the humor of his one-of-a-kind philosophy based on years of studying the Eastern religions and philosophy. As an Anglican Priest he also has great insights into Christianity. Once you've listened to this you've got everything Watts had to give. Although like me, you may find yourself drawn to rehearing these humorous and insightful talks over and over again.
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The experience of hearing somebody talk has never been so fruitful. Watts' clarity and spirit resonate with wonderful energy, reverence an humour.
I listened to the entire 12 hours over the course of a week. I am now about to start listening all over again. The intellect of the man is unrivalled in its expression through the spoken word.
For many years I have been loath to think of the spiritual, due to an association with the seemingly flimsy concepts of the main theistic religions.
It is sometimes tempting to dichotomise a view of the world into scientific or spiritual terms - Alan Watts' genius is in his unrelenting, logical and passionate questioning of all preconceptions, which reveals to us that all our ideologies and rationalities are founded upon ultimately fallible principles.
His philosophical rigour is formidable, but his spirit playful. I think that listening to this audiobook would, to varying degrees, irrevocably alter anybody's world view. A gift.
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Anything with Alan Watts name on is gong to be enigmatic and motivating. His form of pragmatic spiritualism is great for western listeners as he's mediating between his understanding of eastern philosophy/spiritualism and western culture. This book is not really a book, it's a recording of some his lectures in America. The audio quality is not great - imagine watching lecture video filmed from the middle row. But his content is great and hearing the audience and the way he works with them is as intriguing an experience as reading some high minded literature. It makes you wonder how much his charisma was a cause for his popularity as we're his ideas.Not your regular audiobook and requires some dedicated listening - I tend to dip in and out every few weeks - I enjoy it every time.
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Absolutely love Alan Watts' work and this book has been a revelation for me. His philosophy has been instrumental in helping to discern what is
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I love Alan Watts and 12 hours of his recorded lectures are a great way to pass the time, broaden your perception of reality and submit to the great no thing. As well as an insightful overview of many eastern philosophies.
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