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Discover how the understanding and practice of Zen can bring peace and enlightenment into your daily life in this classic work. 

Narrated by Ralph Blum, this audio program presents readings of carefully chosen selections from Alan Watts's classic best seller, illuminated by rare recordings of the author personally commenting and elaborating on the key concepts and ideas of his seminal work including:

  • The history of Zen
  • The principles and practice of Zen
  • The tradition of Za-Zen (meditation) and the Koan
  • The integration of Zen into every aspect of life

The Way of Zen presents an understandable, inspirational, and spiritually rewarding exploration of Zen Buddhism - a way of liberation - that may be one of the most precious gifts of Asia to the world.

©1957 Pantheon Books, Inc. (P)1989 Audio Renaissance/Macmillan Audio

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A true "classic"

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

This audio presention is a bit of a smorgasboard drawn from rediscovered note and lectures given by Alan Watts in the 1950s & 1960s. This may sound dated, but alongside Shunru Suzuki, Alan Watts was one of the first to introduce the west to Zen & Taoism. His teaching is clear and concise (for the Western mind) and will point you effortlessly towards the spacious beingness at the heart of zen. Alan Watts was one of the "great minds" that ushered in the flowering of consciousness of the 1960s, so these precious mini-lectures are straight from the (western) source of the spring. Recommended to anyone who wants an overview of Zen, or just wants more Zen in their life, or just needs reminding that this "thusness" is always there, fresh and eternal.

What aspect of Ralph Blum’s performance would you have changed?

Could read a little more spaciously.

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Half way ah-ha!

At first I wasn't sure if this book was for me. As I read along I kept thinking 'I can't do this. I can't sit still. I can't sit in a lotus position for hours on end waiting for enlightenment to happen' and as the book progressed I realized I am an active meditating person. I meditate when I walk. I meditate when I am doing chores. I meditate when I knit. I know because I'm finding myself in the moment and not concerned with what is next or what has passed. By the end of the book I felt far more relaxed and comfortable with the topic. Interesting read.

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ok

last chapter is the only one to really to listen to
you get all the info from his old videos on YouTube

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Something wasn't right

It seemed like the book started over again in the middle. I'm not sure if this is a mistake or if the repetition was intentional.

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Transformative as usual !

Elegant & wildly informative, I loved every minute ! Thoroughly enjoyed the live lecture intersections. 100% A 2nd listen otw

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very dissatisfying

the Alan Watts part is small soundbites from time to time and they seem misplaced to the rest of the story.

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Enlightening

Alan Watts is great. love his stuff and that includes this book. Great for those looking for more peaceful life.

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Cuts through the barriers to zen.

It's difficult to explain an experiential state in words, but Alan Watts is at least able to point in the right direction.

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This is it!

Simply beautiful. Helps you to understand yourself and life a lot more. Simple and easy to follow. Take a listen.

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  • 05-18-18

great for working

Good introduction to Zen and Alan Watts' voice is gentle & relaxing as always. highly recommended