Life is the ultimate game of hide and seek... and the good news is that you're it! With the combination of playful irreverence and penetrating insight that made him a legend in Western philosophy, Alan Watts investigates the surprisingly liberating concept of "the universe as play" found at the heart of Hinduism, Zen, and other wisdom traditions.
Carefully selected by his son and archivist Mark Watts, You're It: On Hiding, Seeking, and Being Found features more than 10 hours of newly restored historic talks from the "spiritual entertainer" who helped define Eastern thought to audiences in the West. Here is a rare chance for listeners to experience the enduring brilliance of one of the greatest spiritual voices of the 20th century.
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I've listened to Alan Watt's for years but this collection is unique. Over several recorded talks he ties keys themes of the great faiths into a common liberating thread. No particular religious point of view is needed and neither are they demeaned. Like so many profound ideas, you may not get it on the first pass but after hearing it from more than one point of view it becomes clearer than ever.
I had never heard of Alan Watts. I've heard many other philosophers like Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra and others explain eastern/western spirituality, but the way Alan Watts explains it is very easy to understand and profound. I would have to say this is one I'll listen to several times.
This series of lectures is a comprehensive compilation of Watts teaching on Buddhism, Zen, Hinduism and Taoism. Plus there is also the humor of his one-of-a-kind philosophy based on years of studying the Eastern religions and philosophy. As an Anglican Priest he also has great insights into Christianity. Once you've listened to this you've got everything Watts had to give. Although like me, you may find yourself drawn to rehearing these humorous and insightful talks over and over again.
Alan Watts died 11 years after I was born, and I had not been exposed to his work until now. And I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed this recording of his discussions. It made me think. It made me laugh. It confirmed some of my deepest held convictions and dispelled a few misconceptions, especially my opinions, which apparently were not well formed and insufficiently researched, of Zen Buddhism and Hinduism. This collection of Watts speaking before small groups of people some time in the late 60s or early 70s is poorly recorded and often long, but it felt perfectly captured and all-too-short to my ears.
So many people out there like to present thoughts and ideas in a way that gives you the answer.....The answer from their perspective. Alan Watts, in "You're It!" presents thoughts, ideas and perspectives that encourage you to think for yourself. He does not tell you what to do, or how to do it....He allows you to arrive at that on your own. What you do with it is up to you.
Alan Watts does not speak "like" anything....He is an intellectual (An intellectual is a person who uses intelligence (thought and reason) and critical or analytical reasoning in either a professional or a personal capacity.) and if this sort of thing bores you....Well, listen to it three more times.
I find that I randomly select a chapter and listen for a bit every day.....It's that good.
This man is a genius. The audiobook is perfect for people who are tired of the "spin" associated with spirituality and want to deepen their understanding of the possibilities & philosophies of the human condition.
Believe in listening.
Just discovered him, so I guess that makes me late to the party. Better late than never.
Makes complex ideas digestible and interesting. One of the few authors I would listen to a book and then listen to it again immediately.
Currently reading The Wisdom of Insecurity. Another treasure trove of insights.
YOU ARE IT!!!
Not a story, but a series of lectures. Alan Watts offers a different point of view on reality; a holistic and liberating one. Alan Watts has opened my eyes to who I really am, which is ultimately the most valuable question of all questions. A master speaker, he is the best at helping us see that our way of looking at things is only a small and second hand vision of the ultimate Reality.
Humor and a joy that is only found in the voice of a self-united man.
The Truth unabridged.
I am that....you are that....you're it!
Alan Watts is a man of immense intelligent. The most brilliant man who ever lived! He is a master at painting concepts & ideas with words. His words have the power to shatter your world into million pieces. His wisdom is from another realm, since he has tapped into that infinite intelligence and he can speak from that space. If you truly give this book a chance you will be transformed by it. You will know the truth as he knows it, this truth will be directly experienced by you, it won't be just another idea, believe system, philosophy or thought swimming in your mind, but you will directly know this truth to be self evident and you will be liberated. Know this then "What you take to be the thinker ...of the thought....is just one of the thoughts." :) Tat Tvam Asi
This is a well-selected collection of Alan Watts' lectures. The audio quality varies a bit, and is never crystal clear, but that is the nature of this material.
The content is well presented and there are short, modern audio breaks between the lectures.
If I had to offer a criticism it would be I would like the audiobook chapters to match the content sections - they don't seem to be related and it is a minor annoyance. Minor indeed, but that is the worst flaw I can point out with this superb series of lectures.
Anything with Alan Watts name on is gong to be enigmatic and motivating. His form of pragmatic spiritualism is great for western listeners as he's mediating between his understanding of eastern philosophy/spiritualism and western culture. This book is not really a book, it's a recording of some his lectures in America. The audio quality is not great - imagine watching lecture video filmed from the middle row. But his content is great and hearing the audience and the way he works with them is as intriguing an experience as reading some high minded literature. It makes you wonder how much his charisma was a cause for his popularity as we're his ideas.Not your regular audiobook and requires some dedicated listening - I tend to dip in and out every few weeks - I enjoy it every time.
"Watts' words chime like a bell, inexplicably clear"
The experience of hearing somebody talk has never been so fruitful. Watts' clarity and spirit resonate with wonderful energy, reverence an humour.
I listened to the entire 12 hours over the course of a week. I am now about to start listening all over again. The intellect of the man is unrivalled in its expression through the spoken word.
For many years I have been loath to think of the spiritual, due to an association with the seemingly flimsy concepts of the main theistic religions.
It is sometimes tempting to dichotomise a view of the world into scientific or spiritual terms - Alan Watts' genius is in his unrelenting, logical and passionate questioning of all preconceptions, which reveals to us that all our ideologies and rationalities are founded upon ultimately fallible principles.
His philosophical rigour is formidable, but his spirit playful. I think that listening to this audiobook would, to varying degrees, irrevocably alter anybody's world view. A gift.
"You really are your own God."
This is a clearly illustrated ancient message, put across in excellent audio format.
I compare this to the likes of David Hawkins, for its depth, intelligence, and educational value.
Alan Watts is a superb, charismatic performer, who brings passion, enthusiasm and most of all a down to earth feel about it.
I listened to it a bit at a time because of its educational purpose.
Alan Watts was a talented educator, who knew his subject extremely well.
"Best philosophy book"
Simple, fun, understandable
Allan Watts talks about philosophy in a fun, practical way which is easy to understand and to translate/use in everyday life. Highly recommended!
This book is exceptional. You can learn and understand so much from listening to this very clever, funny man. I would rate it with ten stars if I could.
"Entertaining and informative"
Recommended this one to friends. Found the presentation informative and entertaining. Followed up on a number of his suggestions re further reading.
"If you have a hole in your life, get this."
Alan Watts is the real deal. He left the world with a lot of audio & video material for us enjoy, long before we had YouTube. Yet his work has stood the test of time, and is a bit of a YouTube star,
You will not be disappointed with this audio collection. Lots for you to contemplate on, and plenty of laughs, and stories along the way, to help you understand what he is talking about.
"Thought provoking funny and enlightening"
The way in which Watts never really took himself too seriously really comes across in these recordings. So much richer than the text and something I will be listening to again.
Unlike anything else I have read or listened to on spirituality / philosophy. Has changed my perception of myself and the world.
"Words of wisdom"
Watts is a master of precise, concise wisdom. He is articulate beyond measure. Insightful yet simple. Definite yet humble.
I have nothing in my experience to liken this to.
There is an authenticity, a humility and a gentle humour present in Watts voice. It is comforting and allows a sense of humour to be present within the big questions being posed.
It was more a case of many "aha" moments than moving moments.
Brilliantly wise, articulate, honest, humble and with a twinkle of humour.
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