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 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 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.
Audible books have changed my life. I travelled for business for 20 years and had time to read but physical books put me to sleep. At first during long drives, them long flights and now around the farm, Audible brings a world of insight to me every day.
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.
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.
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
From 1980 to 1994, I was a local columnist for The Outlook, the daily newspaper in Santa Monica.
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.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes to explore eastern and western thoughts regarding the nature of the Universe.
Alan Watts performance is extraordinary.
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!
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.
"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!
"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.
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.
"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.
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