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Alan Watts has become known as the West's foremost interpreter of Eastern thought, and one of the most original philosophers of this century. Fortunately for us, he is also witty, articulate, insightful, very entertaining, and a pleasure to listen to.

In this audio collection, Alan Watts is all of those things and more, as he explains meditation in its historical context and shares his personal understanding of the richness it can bring to your life.

Alan Watts is also featured demonstrating the relationship of music and sound to meditation with gongs, instruments, and the recitation of a mantra. The demonstration is designed to give the listener the opportunity to experience a mantra meditation with Alan Watts and a group of friends who were brought together especially for this recording.

©1973 and (P)1992 by Electronic University

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  • Karen
  • richmond, VA, USA
  • 03-11-06

It's good, but...

...it's included in the final part of "Do You Do It or Does It Do You." I didn't realize this until I'd already purchased the "Do You Do..." title. I like the mediation instruction he gives in the first half, but it gets a little corny towards the end...

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  • Diana
  • Antelope Valley, CA, United States
  • 11-30-14

A Teacher teaches . . . about meditation

Alan Watts is a recent discovery for me, and surely at the right time for me.

Meditation has been a struggle for me. My perception of meditation has changed for the better from this short audiobook. Breaking aspects of meditation into components and their possible effects or usage makes sense and helps me as a student trying to learn a new skill by myself. The light undertone throughout his discussion is helpful.

The internet has made it possible for me to find some very good Teachers and Alan Watts is a real find. I am still listening to another audio book that is a compilation of various lectures he made, and it too is really enjoyable.

Alan Watts' voice is *positive* and energetic - it's fun to listen to him.

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love Alan watts

I love Alan watts. his lectures are fun to listen to and full of wisdom.

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As brilliant as a TED talk

Alan Watts is as inspiring to me now as he was 40 years ago. His voice reaches each of us as if we're the only ones he is speaking to.

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The ineffable Alan Watts presents a single dose of meditation.

A mindfulness meditation session walking the listener through various forms of meditation, or as Mr. Watts calls it- 'contemplation'. I would recommend listening to it in one single sitting session. As always, Mr. Watts presents the lesson in a way that is engaging, profound, and humorous. I would highly recommend this for anyone looking to scratch the surface into a daily meditation practice, or to get away by all of the misleading images and ideas that have been attributed to the word 'meditation' and truly find out what is meant by the practice.

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  • scott
  • Columbia, Moldova, Republic of
  • 06-25-15

Easily accessible for beginners.

Alan Watts has the gift of explaining complex and sometimes boring material in a light hearted and effective manner. For those who are beginners he brings home an informed yet easy to grasp conversation while those who may be more experienced will find his use of words sometimes hilarious. A "to read" person for those interested in Eastern "spirituality".

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Great book

I would recommend this to anyone who's curious about meditation and its easy to listen to.

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Replay! Love. Love. Love. Absolutely Loved.

I replay this audible when I realize I haven't been meditating as often as I Like. Not to mention some of his sounds makes me chuckle. As well as his laugh. When he says we should wake up and laugh towards the end of he audible.
Feel good Book. Did I mention I Love this audible.

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One jarring section that stops me from coming back

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there was just one section, that was quite jarring, that kept me from wanting to listen again. Normally I LOVE anything spoken by Alan Watts.

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Good listen

He really is passionate about what he is teaching and it comes through in the story. The recording is off the final which makes it even better.