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Eastern wisdom, modern life : collected talks, 1960-1969

Author: Alan Watts
Publisher: Novato, Calif. : New World Library : Distributed by Publishers Group West, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Alan Watts introduced millions of Western readers to Zen and other Eastern philosophies, but he?s also recognized as a brilliant commentator on Judeo-Christian traditions as well as a celebrity philosopher who exemplified the ideas? and lifestyle? of the 1960s counterculture. In this compilation of controversial lectures, delivered at American universities throughout the decade, Watts challenges readers to  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Watts
ISBN: 1577311809 9781577311805
OCLC Number: 68373273
Description: ix, 245 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: pt. 1. 1960 --
1. Buddha and Buddhism --
2. Mahayana Buddhism --
3. discipline of Zen --
pt. 2. 1963-1965 --
4. Mysticism and morality --
5. images of man --
6. relevance of oriental philosophy --
7. Religion and sexuality --
pt. 3. 1965-1967 --
8. From time to eternity --
9. Taoist ways --
10. Philosophy of nature --
11. Swimming headless --
12. Zen bones --
pt. 4. 1968-1969 --
13. Divine alchemy --
14. Democracy in the Kingdom of Heaven --
15. Not what should be, but what is! --
16. What is reality?
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Alan Watts introduced millions of Western readers to Zen and other Eastern philosophies, but he?s also recognized as a brilliant commentator on Judeo-Christian traditions as well as a celebrity philosopher who exemplified the ideas? and lifestyle? of the 1960s counterculture. In this compilation of controversial lectures, delivered at American universities throughout the decade, Watts challenges readers to reevaluate Western culture?s most hallowed constructs. Watts treads familiar ground, interpreting Eastern traditions, and also covers new territory, exploring the counterculture?s basis in the ancient tribal and shamanic cultures of Asia, Siberia, and the Americas. In the process, he addresses some of the era?s most important questions: What is the nature of reality? And how does an individual?s relationship to society affect this reality? Filled with his playful, provocative style, the talks show the remarkable scope of a philosopher in his prime, exploring and defining the '60s counterculture as only Alan Watts could.

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