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The Tao is the way of man's cooperation with the natural course of the natural world. Alan Watts takes the reader through the history of Tao and its interpretations by key thinkers such as Lao-Tzu, author of the Tao Te Ching. Watts goes on to demonstrate how the ancient and timeless Chinese wisdom of Tao promotes the idea of following a life lived according to the natural world and goes against our goal-oriented ideas by allowing time to quiet our minds and observe the world rather than imposing ourselves on it.
By taking in some of the lessons of Tao, we can change our attitude to the way we live. Drawing on ancient and modern sources, Watts treats the Chinese philosophy of Tao in much the same way as he did Zen Buddhism in his classic The Way of Zen. Including an introduction to the Chinese culture that is the foundation of the Tao, this is one of Alan Watts' best-loved works.
Watts begins with scholarship and intellect and proceeds with art and eloquence to the frontiers of the spirit This is a profound and worthy work, left by a teacher to echo and re-echo. Profound, reflective, and enlightening.
Moreover, the text supplies a sense of his ebullient spirit behind the revelation of Tao. A remarkable book because of Alan Watts's talent for communicating Eastern ways of thought This book is a 'must'. Beautifully produced Web development by Firsty Group. This website requires cookies to provide all of its features.
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About the author Alan Watts was a philosopher, academic and theologian, who wrote and spoke widely on Asian philosophy and theology. He became a cult figure in the 50s and 60s, lecturing and presenting radio shows in San Francisco and the Bay Area. His ideas especially gained a following in counter-cultural circles, including among the Beat generation. He is best known as an interpreter of Zen Buddhism in particular, and of Indian and Chinese philosophy in general. He died in Reviews Watts begins with scholarship and intellect and proceeds with art and eloquence to the frontiers of the spirit His writings and recorded talks still shimmer with a profound and galvanizing lucidity.
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I have been reading different translations of the Tao Te Ching and found some of the chapters difficult to understand. Alan Watts has a Western perspective on the material, so in this book he was able Alan Watts was born in England in and received his early education at King's School, Canterbury. He received a master's degree from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Illinois and an honorary doctorate of divinity from the University of Vermont. He wrote his first book, The Spirit of Zen, at the age of twenty and went on to write over twenty other books including The Way of Zen, The Book, and Tao: The Watercourse Way, which though never fully completed was published after the author's death and introduced thousands of readers to Taoist thought. In addition to being an acclaimed author and philosopher, Dr.
Tao: The Watercourse Way
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In order to go into Taoism at all, we must begin by being in the frame of mind in which it can be understood. You cannot force yourself into this frame of mind, anymore than you can smooth disturbed water with your hand. 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 we were when we were babies when we had not yet learned the names or the language. 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. You are just plain ignorant, but still very much alive, and in this state you just feel what is without calling it anything at all.