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The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

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Modern Western culture and technology is inextricably tied to the belief in the existence of a self as a separate ego, separated from and in conflict with the rest of the world. In this classic book, Watts provides a lucid and simple presentation of an alternative view based on Hindu and Vedantic philosophy.

©1966 Alan Watts (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

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    Diana 07-01-15
    Diana 07-01-15 Member Since 2013

    Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)

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    "Alan Watts is THE MAN! The HUMAN!"

    Alan Watts gives me so many light bulb moments when he talks that I feel all warm and bright and hopeful. He is the antidote to all the stupidity we are exposed to everyday.

    That's all.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Dylan 04-09-15
    Dylan 04-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Invaluable Insight"

    Just to get it out of the way, I gave the 'performance' 3 stars because the narrator has a bit of a lisp, but I got used to it. Anyway, the actual review:

    I've long been a fan of Alan Watts. He communicates concepts from the East with much respect to the fundamental differences we in the West have in in terms of our understanding of reality and the thought process behind our actions. Most importantly, he does so with a sense of humor. I laughed out loud innumerable times throughout 'The Book', whether because of his taut mastery of dry humor or how it's used to illuminate something complicated in a refreshingly simple manner.

    I've digested a lot of literature on Buddhism and meditation, and have been practicing every day for about a year now, and what's discussed in this book brought satisfaction to a number of puzzles and frustrations I've acquired on my journey, some that I didn't even realize I had until he laid them out for me. Not only did it teach me where I am on the path to understanding, but it instilled confidence in myself for the way forward.

    I'd recommend this book to anyone, not until you've found some modicum of consistent success (good practice) with meditation, otherwise some of the musings may seem too ethereal to be of any value. Trust me, they aren't.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    H. Lee 10-04-15
    H. Lee 10-04-15
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    "Greatly enjoyed listening to narrator."

    The only thing that could have made listening to this book more perfect is if Alan Watts had narrated it himself.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Reviewer LA L.A. 09-26-15
    Amazon Reviewer LA L.A. 09-26-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Very impressed! One of the most brilliant books!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it to everyone, but I know not everyone will get the philosophical debt of it or be ready for it. But for those who are thinkers, this is a gem!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me contemplate all the ideas and think of the world differently. It defintely changed how I look at myself, my life and the world entirely.


    Any additional comments?

    It is one of the most brilliant books I have read in a long time. And trust, me I read a lot of this stuff. But this was incredibly thought-provoking!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    david 03-23-15
    david 03-23-15 Member Since 2014

    Reader of wisdom, constantly hungry to improve.

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    "deep philosophy"

    complex concepts explained in a simple way,listen attentively. I liked the way how he explains the notion of god,

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    scooby doo 07-29-16
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    "great BUT..."

    Its great but its not Alan Watts narrating. if you have heard him before this is a rehash of sll h uhh s lectures

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    Boo 07-17-16
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    "Stunning and often thought provoking."

    Alan Watts wrote one of the most valuable legacy a writer can ever hope for.

    Hearing his words gave the book an organic dimension to it and the over all experience is otherworldly.

    I recommend it to all critical thinkers and specially the not so.

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    Gerardo 05-13-16
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    "Great Book!"

    This book is great for anyone who has 'awoke' or is flirting with the idea of 'waking up'. It gives in depth reasoning and analysis; I myself am no longer a follower of the 'western god'. Take that with a grain of salt as Judaism and Islam use the same character that I mentioned. With that said, this book is powerful in ideas and will help you rethink life and the way you live it. 10/10 would recommend to a friend!

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    Agnes Esden 04-26-16
    Agnes Esden 04-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Can't listen once. Profound."

    A very interesting approach to cosmology, sense of human experience.Easy enough to listen while driving, food for deep thought.

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    "Interesting"

    Great info that makes sense. Parts were a little dry but informative. I do think my mind wandered a bit so I'm gonna have to listen to it again.

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    "Life changing"

    This IS the book we have been looking for, undeniable truth and thrilling in its premise. Incredible

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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