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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Tao: The Watercourse Way

Seems simple enough, but so hard to do after nearly 50 years of conditioning in this Wester society. When everyone knows beauty as beautiful, there is already ugliness; When everyone knows good eatts goodness, there is already evil.

As usual, Watts does an excellent job of bridging eastern and western philosophy while retaining historical context. But if you try to persue them, you destroy yugen. Therefore profit comes from what is there; Usefulness from what is toismo there.

Alan Watts. Taoism, Terebess Asia Online (TAO)

The reason why these precepts are undertaken is not for a sentimental reason. When you don’t resist change, you see that the changing world, which disappears like smoke, is no different from the nirvana world.

Jan 02, James rated it it was amazing. I love this little book. Of course, it’s not as if he didn’t write anything else, and there are a mess o’ his talks on YouTube to keep me going.

He wrote over 25 books and numerous articles on subjects such as personal identity, the watst nature of reality, higher consciousness, the meaning of life, concepts and images of God and the non-material pursuit of happiness.


But that makes us very uncomfortable. Where were you going?

What Is Tao?

And this is the great problem of Western civilization, not only of Western civilization, but really all civilization, because what civilization is, is a very complex arrangement in which we have used symbols – that is to say words, numbers, figures, concepts to represent the real world of nature, like we use money to represent wealth, and like we measure energy with the clock.

You don’t have the one without the other, just as your buzzsaw has no teeth without having valleys between the tips of them. This was a book I read for a college philosophy class, but I love it, and pass it around still today. But it only lasted 10 years, and broke up upon his death.

Everything flows away, and there’s a kind of sadness in that, a kind of nostalgia, and there may even be a rage. In this way he taoism make some very difficult concepts somewhat easier to understand.

So two decides it can lick ’em by joining them, so two comes and sits here. I know motion by contrast with rest, and while I am aware of motion I am also aware of at rest.

Alan Watts tells that living is turned to such a This is the book which explaines why xlan is impossible to foollow the requets like ” You have to relax” or “You need to love God with all your heart”.

In other words, just go with the flow. And when we think of a moment of time when we think what we mean by the word “now,” we think of the shortest possible instant that is here and gone, because that corresponds with the hairline on the watch.


Intuition and Fire remain to be classed with Diamonds, for intuition is the spiritual faculty which compliments Sensation, the sensual or material faculty. And we think we also have a future.

The yang and the yin are principles, not men and women, so that there can be no true relationship between the affectedly tough male and the affectedly flimsy female. Do not mistake the finger for the moon. A superb introduction to Taoism, elucidating the central concepts and giving historical and cultural backround information. Shape clay into a vessel; It is the space within that makes it useful. And then the world was created and of course the world fell apart, and so in the middle of time, the second person of the Trinity incarnated himself in Jesus Christ to save mankind, and established the Church.

And these echoes keep reverberating, because the brain is very complicated.

The Taoist View of the Universe – Alan Watts | Creative by Nature

Jan 25, Gary rated it it was amazing. You have become a stone buddha. He interprets eastern philosopy better than anyone I’ve ever read. Someday it is going to happen. Now then, we’ll go on; we’ll cut out what happens in the pursuit of that method until a taosimo later.