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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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.

And in this state, although we have extremely sensitive bodies and very alive senses, we have no means of making an intellectual or verbal commentary on what is going on. But you don’t know anything about that in your primal ignorance. There is a flamboyant and fascinating display of learning and complex indications of a personality that seems to have resisted inner pacification.

Whether you speed through it or not, make time This book is a timeless classic that is both the perfect introduction to Watts and the essential summary of his philosophical exploration.

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

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. They all are trying to express the essence of li. It is part of the happening, and you are part of the universe, although strictly speaking the universe has no parts. No eBook available Amazon. These are self-defensive arts where you always get underneath the opponent, so he falls over you if he attacks you.


He watte a master’s degree from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Illinois and an honorary doctorate of divinity from the University of Vermont. One can only attune to them and follow the course much like ths coursewater.

I read this book, Watts’ last, immediately after reading The Spirit of Zen, his first. Sep 20, Rick Harper rated it it was amazing. Not so much because of the content, I read quite some classical Chinese in university and there were no real surprises, but more because of the magnetic personality of the writer that radiates of each page.

Tao: the Watercourse Way : Huang Al Chun Watts Alan :

Again the neighbors came to offer their sympathy for the misfortune. Pantheon Books- Chinese language – pages. I didn’t realize when I started reading Tao: Alan Watts was born in England in and received his early education at King’s School, Canterbury. I have read and listened to lectures by Alan Watts, primarily on Buddhism and zen, but this was my first exposure to Taoism in many years.

When a one experiences oneself and the universe happening together, the other illusion one 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. I’ve wanted this book for quite some time, but it isn’t sold in the local bookstores. He also gives a brief info about historical foundations of the research of Buddhism in Europe, USA and western hemisphere.

Open Preview See a Problem? We don’t know what it is we are aware of, especially when we take it altogether, and there’s this sense of something going on. You cannot force yourself into this frame of mind, anymore than you can smooth disturbed water with your hand. Chungliang Al Huang Collaborator.


The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Taoism. The only difficulty I had had with Watts’s approach was that it seemed a little disjointed. The Tao, as its great sages remind us, cannot be explained. Recommended to all waatercourse in Buddhism.

Looking for beautiful books? Following the chapter on Watercousre ideograms Watts covers four basic principles of Taoism: You don’t know that it requires a watcher for something to be watched.

But let’s say that our starting point is that we forget what we know, or think we know, and that we suspend judgment about practically everything, returning to what watercougse were when we were babies when we had not yet learned the names or the language. What else can you do? That is a very crude kind of order, but when you look at a plant it is perfectly obvious that the plant has order.

Lao-tzu says, “The scholar learns something every day, the man of Tao unlearns something every day, until he gets back to non-doing. Far beyond scholarship, this is nearly as essential as the Tao Te Ching itself.

View all 4 comments. Book ratings by Goodreads. Nor is it capricious; that’s another philosophical notion.

Tao: the Watercourse Way

Books by Alan W. Not a book to read right thru, but a great bed side book. And even without the intellectual reasons, the ideograms themselves are beautiful to see. But it only lasted 10 years, and broke up upon his death. I could not understand it. And reading this book liberated my mind from working too hard on the things that must not come hard.