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 have listened to this collection of recordings (not an audiobook per se) completely through three times and I enjoy it each time. The lectures of Alan Watts include a lot of material that, like the discipline of Zen itself, requires a lot of consideration and re-exposure to appreciate fully. Some of the recordings show their age and the poor equipment of the day, but the message is sound even when the listener can occasionally hear a passing truck in the background.
I recommend this book to anyone exploring the mindset of the Far East.
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.
No B.S. reviews. I'll never soft-pedal bad writing or inept narration.
While you won't be in agreement with everything Alan Watts says, nor find all of his topics compelling, you're bound to find new perspectives in this book. Even if you've studied Hinduism, Buddhism, and contemporary philosophy, you're bound to learn something significant about these topics from Alan Watts. Maybe you'll emerge from listening to this book a bit more enlightened, a bit more tolerant, and a bit wiser. I feel as though I did.
By far the BEST book and I will never stop listening to it. Doesn't matter where you start or where you finish. Where has he been all my life??
Alan Watts has such a way of painting a picture with his voice that you lose yourself in his words.
There are many Youtube items on this man if you want to check him out, but if you are interested in these philosophies, this is a grand investment.
The ten hours of Alan Watts lecture are extremely interesting and useful. The way he takes the studies of zen and buddhism and translates them into simple, interesting metaphors for english speakers to understand is a great accomplishment. He had a keen perception of the problems that face both people from the eastern and western hemispheres and he had a way of being able to relieve your anxieties by just showing you how silly or uneccessary your way of thinking was.
Filled with many, many ideas to lead a better, more peaceful life and how to overcome some of the simple, but widespread problems met by most everyone in our western society.
Probably the most memorable quote, although not the most important was, "Anyone who goes to see a psychiatrist needs to get their head examined." We constantly search for answers and have questions to things that we really don't know, and nobody knows. Stop searching for a grand answer. The title says it all, "You're It!"
Alan is HOT!
Alan is all the characters.
This is the best - authintic, spontanious and 100% Zen!
It is a book to listen to a bit at a time.
I met Alan in 1967 or 68.
This is even better than him in person for one talk.
Parts of it are worthy of listening to more than once.
"Your It" is really a mixed bag. It is possible that some of the negative reviews were from people who didn't actually finish the lectures. But for some of the glowing reviews, I must say...it wasn't that good.
After starting it, the whole first 2 - 3 hours, I kept thinking, wow, if this guy is an intellectual, then so am I! Mr. Watts made me laugh out loud a few times, but really, he can manage to say a whole lot about nothing (Watts must be the original Seinfeld). I almost gave up on the thing as well.
However, it did get better toward the middle of the series, and toward the end was really good. If it hadn't been for the last few hours, I would have given it 3 stars instead of 4.
What I discovered about myself while listening to this is, if I were a better public speaker, I could have come up with a lot more interesting things to talk about. And I must say,
it is a little ego boost to find out you are an intellectual. That fact alone must be worth an audible credit. Yes?
I think Mr. Watts is good as simplifying things, but he simplified things so well that he managed to almost turn them into nothing other than him rambling.
But with all that said, when it was good, it was good. There is even another book by the Mr. Watts that I might take a chance on. Again, I don't feel the lectures were as mind blowing as the glowing reviews, but the book wasn't as bad as the negative reviews, either.
I think that Alan Watts is gifted, in that he can really break things down in a way that is understandable. But...I also think that sometimes this can be distracting, and he could have sped things up a little by leaving them a little more complicated.
If you have been doing meditation for even a few weeks, this books as a must read to explain some of the "thoughts" so to speak that are whirling around in your mind as you get deeper into practice. So glad I found this one.
this collection is illuminating and entertaining for so many reasons. his roguish irreverence, his startling insight and of course the peek into cultures and points of view that may or may not differ from your own.
The review requires at least 15 words. But what can really be said in 15 words. Ive listened to this E book about 30 times it's very interesting,
"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.
really good listening. humorous and insightful. gives a great account of a vast array of aspects of spirituality
"One of my favourites"
Absolutely love this book and the author. Offers comfort in all situations of life. Makes obscure concepts of philosophy and spirituality easy to understand. And he is do witty!
A must read for all conscious souls seeking answers or even questions !!! Check it out.
"Worth every penny"
Love Watts and this is the best recordings I've heard, what a journey, this will be listen to many times
"Great listen, with amusing explanations"
Great to hear a full lecture by Alan Watts, best parts are his humerus explanations and break downs of everyday situations and functions that we are not completely aware of. I would definitely listen to this audio book again, An inspirational person who simplify's aspects of life we rarely seem concensus of.
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