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.
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Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Reader of wisdom, constantly hungry to improve.
complex concepts explained in a simple way,listen attentively. I liked the way how he explains the notion of god,
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.
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!
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.
This IS the book we have been looking for, undeniable truth and thrilling in its premise. Incredible
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