The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 28 sept. 2011 - 176 pages
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In The Book, Alan Watts provides us with a much-needed answer to the problem of personal identity, distilling and adapting the Hindu philosophy of Vedanta.

At the root of human conflict is our fundamental misunderstanding of who we are. The illusion that we are isolated beings, unconnected to the rest of the universe, has led us to view the “outside” world with hostility, and has fueled our misuse of technology and our violent and hostile subjugation of the natural world. To help us understand that the self is in fact the root and ground of the universe, Watts has crafted a revelatory primer on what it means to be human—and a mind-opening manual of initiation into the central mystery of existence.
 

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This was my introduction to Watts, and I wish I'd read one of his other books first. Nevertheless, it stands as a good book about "breaking through." Consulter l'avis complet

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The main tenet of this book is that we are not stand alone entities but all part of one super psyche. Watts argues his case very well, particularly when he says that science has tried, and failed, to ... Consulter l'avis complet

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PREFACE
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THE GAME OF BLACKANDWHITE 25
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U61ee HOW TO BE A GENUINE FAKE
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your THE WORLD IS YOUR BODY
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71ae SO WHAT?
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Six IT
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THE BOOKS
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Alan W. Watts, who held both a master’s degree in theology and a doctorate of divinity, is best remembered as an interpreter of Zen Buddhism in particular, and of Indian and Chinese philosophy in general. Standing apart, however, from sectarian membership, he has earned the reputation of being one of the most original and “unrutted” philosophers of the twentieth century. Watts was the author of some twenty books on the philosophy and psychology of religion that have been published in many languages throughout the world, including the bestselling The Way of Zen. An avid lecturer, Watts appeared regularly on the radio and hosted the popular television series, Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life,in the 1960s. He died in 1973.

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