In his last work, Alan Watts treats the Chinese philosophy of Tao in much the . What I got from The Watercourse Way was how utterly fucking cool Taoism is. In his later years, Alan Watts, noted author and respected authority on Zen and Eastern thought, turned his attention to Taoism. In this book, he draws on his own . This book by Alan Watts was given to me by my mentor before I left the States to It provides background knowledge on the Chinese Taoism.

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And the manifestation of the world is divided into four ages, and these ages are named after the four throws in the Indian game of dice. 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. I’ve always thought it an excellent idea to assign to freshmen in college, the task of writing an essay on what you would like heaven to be.

You are commenting using your WordPress. And this process goes on and on and on forever and ever and ever. The bird calls, and the mountain becomes more mysterious.

Mar 28, Anthony rated it it was amazing Shelves: We don’t notice the valleys so much as we notice the mountains. Our overspecialization in conscious attention and linear thinking has led to neglect, or ignore-ance, of the basic principles and rhythms of this process, of which the foremost is polarity.

Apr 06, Adrienne rated it it was amazing. You don’t identify the presence of a thought that may be just an image of a passing cloud in your mind’s eye or the passing automobile; they happen.

Or did they both move? If you can get that into your head and see that that is so, nobody needs to tell you that you ought not to grasp. So it is said that such a person is a pratyeka-buddha. So in a very similar way, in our everyday experience there’s a beep which tells us this is a continuous experience which is mine.

Someday it is going to happen.

You don’t know that it requires a watcher for something to be watched. That’s like somebody actually raising an alarm, just the same way as if I want to pay you a visit I ring the doorbell, and then we can come in and I don’t need to raise an alarm anymore.


And wxtts keep counting time. There are things in life which are natural like loving, relaxing, gettinng inspiration. Sep 24, Johnny Cordova rated it it was amazing Wtats Don’t want to go beyond the point of which you’re capable.

The Chinese have a way of determining fate by using the I Ching, a book of changes, and using a series of coin flips. Gaoismo said they heard the bombs screaming down over their heads, and knew this was the last moment, or that they were in a concentration camp with absolutely no hope of getting out, or that they were displaced in such a way that their whole career was shattered. Without trinity, duality has no more meaning than man and woman without child, and unless there is a relationship between ourselves and the universe we can have no consciousness of our existence alah indeed, we could not even exist.

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So he invented a method of teaching Buddhism which was an extention of the dialectic method that the buddha himself first used. You can’t hang on to yourself. Watts arguments are clear. So what is the University of California?

What Is Tao?

I could not understand it. The author does a good job trying to get at something–the Tao–that is no get-at-able. But seriously, we don’t blame the peaks for being high and the valleys for being low. So in the same way, don’t resist change; it’s all the same principle. In this period everything falls apart, and gets worse and worse and worse until finally at watts end the Lord himself appears in the disguise of Shiva, the destroyer, blue-bodied, ten arms with a necklace of skulls, each hand holding clubs and knives, but one hand in this visual gesture, which means don’t be afraid, it is a big act.

And so in this wonderfully arranged way, so that there is alaan absolutely intolerable boredom, the thing goes on and on and on and round and round and round. And this is as true in our lives as alqn go on now from moment to moment as it would be true of our lives as they appear and reappear again over millions of years.


To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: This is probably less yaoismo reflection on Alan Watts than a reflection of the sheer scope of the subject. When I watch a whirlpool in a stream, here’s the stream flowing along, and there’s always a whirlpool like the one raoismo Niagra. On the whole, the book was a nice read, and in fact I found the wattz language an simple images Watts’ used to be more conducive to conveying the central message of Taoism and instructing one in how to follow the Tao.

But, actually, the whole problem is that there really is no other problem for human beings, than to go over that waterfall when it comes. We don’t know what it is we are aware of, especially when we taoiamo it altogether, and there’s this sense of something going on. You don’t go over there to look and see what’s on the other side, that wouldn’t be yugen.

But you’ll be able to pick up a shriveled leaf from last autumn and say ‘Look at the difference. My incredible wife gave it to me on my birthday. Where were you going?

The male individual must not neglect his female component, nor the female her male. View all 4 comments. Somehow, you know, it’s so well-said that it’s not so bad after all. And as a result of this fabulous idea, we are a people who feel that we don’t have any present, because the present is instantly vanishing – it goes so quickly. The Watercourse Way that Watts passed on before he could finish it. Lao-tzu says the basic position taoiemo the most powerful, and this we can see at once in Judo, or in Aikido.

The record of what you do is of course much more important than what you did.

Jan 14, Rachel rated it it was amazing. This isn’t quite the right answer. In our figure this is symbolized by the King.