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Alan Watts discusses the Indian philosophy of the world as maya - under its multiple meanings as illusion, art, magic, creative power, measure, etc. Various techniques in the arts are used to illustrate the delicate and vibrational character of the material world, and to suggest a new approach to the old philosophy that the universe is "mind" only.

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Amazing

I feel that Alan Watts has explained everything that has to do with anything else.

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welcome to reality

loved it. life changing . one of the best lectures by alan watts. a must

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One for revisiting and fast listen through

As someone who enjoys Eastern spirituality and art, I love the clairvoyance Watts brings to how art is an extension of the universe playing. I find myself revisiting this recording whenever I'm feeling creatively uninspired.

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Good Information

Some info here that is not in Essential Lectures.
A Few long pauses as usual, but also some volume issues in places. Very good perspectives though :-)

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another work of greatness by the great zen teacher

Alan Watts astounds with his love, humor, and logic, he is a gift and this book is worth a hundred listens.

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Great Teacher

I love Alan watts presentment. However, I find it troubling in one part. Due to the era he comes from, he makes the disgusting statement "just like not all black men are n!!!!!rs, or not all China Men are c""nks," etc. He never says, "and not all white men are cra!!ers..." but because he said not ALL "this" are "that" it's not supposed to be racist.
Well... such is the way of human ignorance.
By the way, racism is not purely a white issue. Were I white in India I'd of stood a great chance of being pulled out of my house and burned to death in the middle of the night in recent times.
A certain Latino comedian is fond of saying everyone is racist, and that he hates white people.
Racism sucks. I love you all. Thank you.

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  • Terry
  • 01-30-19

This man is simply incredible. Listen and listen!

I could listen to Alan Watts for the rest of time. This audio and particularly for me the final chapter is absolutely transcendental. Alan takes all the walls created by our western cultural view, cuts right through and leaves you with something rather beautiful.

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  • Sue Shepherd
  • 09-25-16

All that Jazz...

a fascinating recording of lectures given by Alan Watts... I fell in love with his voice!
the recording is a little hard initially as Alan is obviously slapping a stick on the board of information... but once over that he is wonderful to listen to.

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  • babyrobot
  • 04-03-19

Sleeping zen master

I love to play Alan Watts on my long hauls to California. He sends me into a sound sleep and I always wake up wiser.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-24-18

Love it!

Alan Watts is such a joy listening to! recomend it to anyone who wants to stretch the mind

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  • Davie
  • 03-17-18

Really good!

I loved this. I just wish it was longer! Alan Watts was truly ahead of his time. Fantastic!