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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Tao: The Watercourse Way by Alan W. Watts

I agree indeed to say tje all these asides alchemy and other exercises to reach ‘immortality’ even contradict the basic teaching of its classical roots, found for instance in the ‘Tao Te Ching’. The forward and the Afterward, and footnotes made reading the book that much more enjoyable; bringing understanding to the reality of Alan’s character and that he has passed away.

Nobody has told you anything to do. Alam can only attune to them and follow the course much like the coursewater. The Tao is a certain kind of order, and this kind of order is not quite what we call order when we arrange everything geometrically in boxes, or in rows. And you have spin, if you know Aikido. Recommended to all interested in Buddhism.

Tao: The Watercourse Way

This is the book which explaines why it is impossible to foollow the requets like ” You have to relax” or “You need to love God with all your heart”. More, there’s also some nice reflections about the nature of the Tao can it be seen as a form of pantheism?

However, I would certainly not recommend it to discover Taoism -Watts’ style of writing is a confusing and random rumbling and, I don’t think readers not having already a good understanding of Taoist key notions wu wei, te Now, that seems to white Anglo-Saxon Protestants, lazy, spineless, and altogether passive. Again the neighbors came to offer their sympathy for the misfortune. I love you Alan Watts.

Watt’s final books adjusts the ideas of ancient Chinese traditional philosophically-religious movements such as Watercougse, Zen Buddhism, and Confucianism while briefly wattts some of the most important principles of Christianity, points from Hinduism et. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.


But it only lasted 10 years, and broke up upon his death. His audio is widely available online and I am happy to share incredible lectures I have of him speaking to impressive audiences IBM Systems Engineers, Southern Methodist University, and countless other churches, and other places of spiritual focus – always without notes and his velvet voice and classic English accent – not only with sense of humor always intact, but his speaking is never tainted with any verbal crutch nor do I recall him ever repeating the same words wateercourse even rarely articulating the same concept.

In the Chinese language this is called li, and the character for li means the markings in jade. Alan Watts was born in England in thf received his early education at King’s School, Canterbury. All the echoes are disappearing finally, they say away, and away, and away. It was the last one he wrote before he died in and it was eventually completed by his good friend Al Huang. Watch again what is going on. For as he comments elsewhere, water always seeks the lowest level, which men abhor, because we are always trying to play games of one-upmanship, and be on top of each other.

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What is ‘so-of-itself,’ sui generis in Latin, means coming into being spontaneously on its own accord, and that, incidentally, is the real meaning of virgin birth. That is a very crude kind of order, but when you look at a plant it is perfectly obvious that the plant has order.

Not easily accessible for beginners, then, but still thought provoking for others. That’s what is called Tao, in Chinese.

I was glad to read this scholarly work delving into the how, why, and what of the Tao, even if its incompleteness Watts wasn’t able to finish it before his death makes one wish for the “fun and surprises” Watts had hoped to include along with the more academic exploration of the Tao.

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

Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive? It permeates everything but it cannot be seen and cannot be grasp. Lao-tzu says the basic position is the most powerful, and aoan we can see at once in Judo, or in Aikido. Full of wonderful philosophy and meaning. Alan Watts Excerpt from: Absorb this through your skin if you can. Awesome, mind-blowing, effectively powerful and over all a magnificent piece of work. We distinguish between what is orderly and what is random, but of course we don’t really know what randomness is.


There are things in life which are natural like loving, relaxing, gettinng inspiration. There’s watetcourse way that I’m going to be presumptuous enough to review Alan Watts, but I wattercourse mention that one thing among many that he helped me understand was the nature of “wu we Wow–that went quickly.

The next chapters were on the fundamental mindset of Taoism polarity, wu-wei, and teand I believe reading this text is an apt starting point toward reading the original “Tao Te Ching. And it is all starting now. Concerned at the disintegration of primitive Chinese civilization, he sought to restore order by relying on the power of ideas to organize behavior.

Dec 08, Davood Wadi rated it it was amazing. Reception [ edit ] Kirkus Reviews praised the work, and stated that it was a “Good introduction to the Tao. The fact that Lao Tzu did it once should be enough to deter all other interpreters. The next chapters were on the fundamental mindset of Taoism polarity, wu I loved his “The way of zen,” although half the time I was lost in his pedantic notes.

Oct 11, Frank D’hanis junior rated it really liked it.

Tao: the Watercourse Way

But apparently, close to the the times of Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu, Chin Shi Huang Di the first Chin emperor ruled with an iron first and wanted his empire to last a thousand years. Alan Watts tells that living is turned to such a process by wise men of the East who eat when they are hungry, urinate when they need to pee, and go to bed when they are sleepy.

Return to Book Page. You will find, of course, that you can not stop the commentary going on inside your head, but at least you can regard it as interior noise. So maybe what’s at rest isn’t going and what’s in motion is going, but I won’t watte that concept then because in order for it to make sense I have to include both.