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In order to come to your senses, Alan Watts often said, you sometimes need to go out of your mind. Perhaps more than any other teacher in the West, this celebrated author, former Anglican priest, and self-described spiritual entertainer was responsible for igniting the passion of countless wisdom seekers to the spiritual and philosophical delights of Asia and India.

Now, with Out of Your Mind: Essential Listening from the Alan Watts Audio Archives, you are invited to immerse yourself in 12 of this legendary thinker's pinnacle teaching sessions about how to break through the limits of the rational mind and begin expanding your awareness and appreciation for the Great Game unfolding all around us.

Whether you're completely new to Alan Watts or familiar with his work, here is a rare opportunity to experience him at his best, improvising brilliantly before a live audience on Out of Your Mind: Essential Listening from the Alan Watts Audio Archives.

©2005 Alan Watts (P)2005 Alan Watts

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Brilliant. & Terrific to be able to listen rather than read!

Wonderful to have the chance to not only receive the wisdom of this brilliant man, but to also actually hear the material as the original talk (& not read by a narrator). Thank you to everyone that made this possible. Fascinating material, perfect format.

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Another great book

This book is as amazing as other Alan Watts books. However, if you already purchased "You're it" then this book is very very similar with identical talks.

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Be careful before buying

If you could sum up Out of Your Mind in three words, what would they be?

Great but watchout

Any additional comments?

Be careful when buying this audio book or any audio book being packaged with Alan Watts lectures because it seems they fill these audiobooks with the same lectures so if you buy two different books you might actually be buying the same thing twice. Unfortunately there is no way to figure this out ahead of time

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not dissapointed

Even better than "You're It" with mostly new recordings that I have never heard before

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One of the Best

This collection of original speeches by Alan Watts is amazing. It very detailed and very entertaining. Alan Watts has a way of taking serious ideas and explaining them in a humorous way. If you like philosophy, get this book.

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Cause if you let your breath go... it'll come back

These lectures are great for anyone with an open mind, from the merely curious to those seeking satori. A self proclaimed "spiritual entertainer," Alan Watts takes various concepts from eastern religions and translates them for a western audience, providing both entertainment and insight along the way. If you ever need a new perspective on the human condition try giving Alan Watts a listen.

This man passed over a decade before I was born, but his voice gives me comfort and his words bring me peace. He's helped me through some tough times, and I return to his lectures, or his writings, from time to time when I need a refresher.

"So, translated into colloquial American, nirvana is 'whew.' 'Cause if you let your breath go... it'll come back."

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loved it

mind opening. Alan Watts has changed my life. This book helped me cope with the loss of my mother and father. so very grateful!

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A must for fans Alan Watts

Fourteen hours of wisdom from the legendary Alan Watts. I own all of the other lecture series by Watts that are available on Audible and I did not hear any repeated material from those. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute, the sound quality is excellent given the age of some of the recordings. This is a great introduction to Zen and Eastern philosophy in general. I can't recommend this highly enough, if you are a fan or just getting into this wonderful, entertaining philosopher you will not be disappointed!

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Boing!

This is a fantastic collection of Alan Watts material that can deliver quite a shift in perspective if one is open to such a thing. Watts' also had a voice that I enjoy listening to. I loved this set of talks and I'm sure I'll listen to it more than once.

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I love Watts

The book is so relaxing. Although, there are sections where he sorts of repeats himself and even in separate lectures, he repeats some of the same lessons. The book is lengthy however repetitive. But if you enjoy Alan Watts then you enjoy his Laugh, & jokes or stories and his voice. Recommended for Alan Watts followers. Not a beginner book.

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  • Anthony Goodman
  • 03-29-16

Life saving, and yet ending my fear of death!

As a great fan of Alan Watts, I'd heard many of his talks over and over, but when I landed this compilation in my mp3 player, I was given 14 hours of his finest speech. That was originally shortly before being admitted to hospital for a stem cell transplant, a risky procedure for rebooting my immune system with healthy young bone marrow cells, while the cancerous cells destroying my bones were killed off with a massive dose of chemo poison.

I mention this to illustrate the extraordinary experience I had in being kept safe, mentally, emotionally and spiritually by Alan Watts' unarguable description of reality from the inside-out. For two weeks, Alan kept me company as my ailing immune system was destroyed and then rebooted. His words eased my fears as they described my own being and relationship with the Universe in the most simple terms.

On my way to recovery, I eventually grasped that which most people couldn't conceive. Not because it requires any great intellectual feat, but because we are not conditioned to experience the world from the inside-out, a perspective from which death cannot exist as a direct experience, anymore than birth can.

This material is profoundly capable of shifting one's perspective with repetitive listening, and Alan Watts' beautiful voice makes it a pleasure to listen to again and again. as moments of epiphanic A-Ha come thick and fast.

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  • Jo
  • 06-28-16

Beware

This is the same set of lectures and anecdotes as You're It - almost identical. I sent it back.

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  • Mr. J. Alliban
  • 07-30-16

Mind expanding

As an introduction to Eastern philosophy for a Western mind this was incredibly eye opening. It has changed the way I think about many aspects of reality and helped to strengthen my spiritual understanding. I am excited to read more of Watts' material and to discover more Eastern spiritual thought.

The delivery was intelligent and witty although I felt that the structure was a little random and that many of the parts ended a bit abruptly. In his defence however, this was a lecture series and not a book.

Part of me felt a little robbed that I had to wait until my 37th year to discover such ideas. It's both interesting and rather frustrating that this way of thinking is almost entirely missing from our culture. A culture in which competition and hierarchy are such important aspects...

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  • Jamie Blakeway
  • 01-29-17

Loved it. listening for a second time now.

Loved it. listening for a second time now. Alan Watts is unique in that he doesn't ever sound like he's preaching and has a soothing calminv voice and great sense of humor. Really good.

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  • Jtolan
  • 11-30-16

Excellent wisdom that helps in daily life

these lectures are fantastic! the way Alan watts presents is the best interpretation of of eastern philosophy for a western audience I have ever heard. he simplifies methods for meditation and spiritual development so they no longer seem arduous long-winded processes involving tons of work and practice. I feel happier after listening.

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  • Benvenuto
  • 02-27-16

Wonderful.

Alan Watts had the most beautiful way of drifting us listeners to the serenity that is our pleasure of listening to his lectures. I would recommend this to anyone who takes a moment to glance at this review... You won't regret listening to this... :) The journey through this title is a funny one, much humour making the listening all that easier as well as taking in all the lessons :) - enjoy!

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  • Head Coach
  • 12-20-16

Very accessible way into Zen thought

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, because i had such a deep experience listening to Watts talking. Years ago I read some of his books which were clear and helpful but seemed a bit quirky. Having now listened (twice) to 14 hours of him explaining Eastern thought in real depth I realise he was a deeply wise person who was really effective at putting across the unexplainable. On these 50 year old tapes he speaks directly to me today.

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Just now and again he makes a remark that would have seemed normal in 1966 but seems a bit non PC today. These came as a surprise because it reminded me that he wasn't in the room with me!

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  • James
  • 06-18-16

Words of wisdom

I love this audiobook. The subject matter Alan speaks of takes a while (for me) to grasp however his written down thoughts and audio media such as these talks are enabling me to make sense of what previously seemed nonsensical.

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  • Maltesir
  • 08-26-16

A must must listen.

How can I even start to express by words how insightful and amazing is Alan Watts. You must get this, it will change the whole perception of life.

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  • Terry
  • 12-04-16

I love Alan Watts.

Really great if like me you are new to Alan Watts. He is a great speaker full of wisdom. I feel aware after listening to him. Like an artist opens your eyes to a subject so to does Alan open the heart to many ideas. Brilliant.

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  • Steven Di Pietro
  • 03-23-18

I’ve listened 10 times

The best book I’ve ever listened to. Best book ever.
I think I’ve listened 10 times.
I can randomly turn it on anytime and it blows my mind.

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  • Ved
  • 02-02-17

One of the only things you'll ever need to hear

One of the only things you'll ever need to hear. Right up there with 'you look great in those jeans'.

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  • Dirk Schmitt
  • 10-09-16

Zen, Buddhism and Hindu Philosophy done well

Alan Watts is wonderful to listen to and his style of presentation is just brilliant. He treats the subject matter with great humour and insight. Listening to him speak is also a joy and I have gained much from this particular work of his.

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