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You're It!: On Hiding, Seeking, and Being Found | [Alan Watts]

You're It!: On Hiding, Seeking, and Being Found

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    virtualbuyer 09-23-14
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    "Hilarious, liberating gem of wisdom"
    What did you love best about You're It!?

    The direct approach and the spontaneous way, he explained and made the various aspects accessible.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of You're It!?

    There are so many, especially when you just burst laughing


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, in fact you shouldn't do that.


    Any additional comments?

    Well, the audio quality is poor at time, but not surprising given the fact that these are a collection of live recordings. And after some time of tuning in this aspects disappears completely.

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    William Denver 08-30-14
    William Denver 08-30-14 Member Since 2014

    Beherenow

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    "If you like Alan Watts...you'll like this."
    What did you love best about You're It!?

    I've liked Alan Watts since the first time I heard him....He's really funny and his philosophy isn't stuffy at ALL...
    This can be repetitive at times...but it is interesting...


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    CJ 07-01-14
    CJ 07-01-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A True Refresher for the Frustrated American Mind"
    Where does You're It! rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to this through 3 times so far and see no reason for stopping the cycle.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alan Watts because he's the only character. :D


    What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    One, his voice is the best; two, he didn't write these lectures down.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Seeing the Unseen Mystery; Teachings from a Modern Buddha


    Any additional comments?

    This is an absolutely phenomenal and refreshing breakaway from the stale thought of modern American/Western culture. His mastery of the English language, brilliant use of analogy and thoughtful prose make even the most difficult philosophical concepts easy to grasp. Alan Watts is a buddha and a guru no matter what he would modestly say to the contrary. If the overbearing dualism, idolatry and Judeo-Christian philosophy inherent in the Western mind leaves you naught but wanting, then do yourself the biggest favor of your life and listen to this genius man!

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    Thorbjørn 06-03-14
    Thorbjørn 06-03-14
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    "A MUST HAVE!"
    If you could sum up You're It! in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing, Interesting, Well Spoken


    What was one of the most memorable moments of You're It!?

    Alan Watts unique, well spoken and intellectual way of making you understand Eastern philosophy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle LIVONIA, MI, United States 03-02-14
    Kyle LIVONIA, MI, United States 03-02-14
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    "Overall very insightful"
    Where does You're It! rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a very insightful listen. The only thing I had a problem with was the continuously repeating phrases that was used in the compilation. This is just a personal annoyance, because I'm sure that was entirely intended based upon Mr Watts' work. I would not hold that against his information, because it really helps to mold your thoughts towards being better as a human.


    Would you recommend You're It! to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. It's helpful towards enlightenment and self-improvement.


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    David 02-19-14
    David 02-19-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent ...Very Refreshing"
    What made the experience of listening to You're It! the most enjoyable?

    Brings you right back into the moment...Away from the confusion of everyday life..


    What was one of the most memorable moments of You're It!?

    Too many to consider only a few..


    What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    With my eyes reading this much information would be impossible...


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Hard to stop listening to


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    Chopper Chick 02-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Thought provoking"
    What did you love best about You're It!?

    Really made me consider myself and my life from a different perspective.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of You're It!?

    The discussion about whether a hole is "the thing" or what's around it is "the thing"....you're it!


    What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

    I liked his delivery.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    All of it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 12-13-13
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 12-13-13 Member Since 2005

    I love books!

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    First time author recommended to me by a friend. The author, Alan Watts, is generally credited for being the person that brought Zen to Berkeley in the 60's. He states that he's not a guru rather a stand up philosopher, an entertainer. He talks about religion, Zen, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc. but at a core level he's communicating pearls of wisdom that we can all live by. This book is like a series of lectures so you have to pay attention and methodically work through it. If you like these kinds of books, you'll like this one.

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    West Palm Beach Joe WPB, Florida 12-12-13
    West Palm Beach Joe WPB, Florida 12-12-13 Member Since 2012

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    "this guy is really interesting...."
    If you could sum up You're It! in three words, what would they be?

    an eye opener


    What did you like best about this story?

    his sense of humor


    What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    a better understanding of some complicated subjects


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I just love it, have listened to it, or parts of it, many times, and always seem to be learning or understanding more each time.


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    V. Ahluwalia 08-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "This is it!"
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    You will love this book. I love indulging in zen. Not only does this book have subject matter from Alan Watts - it is also delivered by him! Must buy for anyone who is thrilled with zen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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