Discover how the understanding and practice of Zen can bring peace and enlightenment into your daily life in this classic work.
Narrated by Sean Runnette, this audio program presents Alan Watts's classic bestseller, introducing Western listeners to Zen Buddhism and elaborating on the key concepts including:
The Way of Zen presents an understandable, inspirational, and spiritually rewarding exploration of Zen Buddhism—a way of liberation—that may be one of the most precious gifts of Asia to the world.
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This book had a good overall scope of Zen, however as a "beginner" I found it hard to follow at times. Those with a deeper understanding in their journey would probably benefit more than I did. I may try it again at another point in my studies.
This book is in my TOP 10 list of all books.
It is the a great book about the history the history and the evolution of ZEN into its stage, which is known today. Especially the way Watts not describes it and talks about the non-describable aspects, the gaps between things in the context of eastern and western mindset make it a timeless source of inspiration.
I think seeing the words would have been better than listening. I got some cool concepts from the book and learned a few things but the middle part of the book was too slow to keep my attention. I would have liked more explanation related to how to think of zen in the modern context. In that way the book seemed more on it's own in abstraction than relating to the reader on a deeper level. I'm still interested in the subject and the book enhanced my interest in some ways, but overall I wouldn't recommend this book highly.
I have not read the print version. However, the audio version allows easy access while driving!
The last 15 minutes was a brilliant and insightful summary of the entire work.
Alan Watts gives a detailed account of the history and influencers that established Zen.
Insightful nuggets of information from multiple great masters are delivered throughout the book. The narrator does a decent job of capturing Alan's work. However, for those who have heard Alan's own delivery will miss his whimsical and brilliant delivery.
Watts is truly brilliant and creatively lucid. The way of zen is simply action. Nothing else. Wish it could have been read by Watts himself ;)
Written with insight to both eastern and western mindsets. I enjoyed every bit of it.
"An illuminating book that I'll have to listen to several times"
As the books discusses the more I try to grasp the ideas it describes the more illusive the concepts seem to be. I think the narrator is perfect. I'll be listening to this several times to hopefully get a Zen-like appreciation of its message.
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