Modern Western culture and technology is inextricably tied to the belief in the existence of a self as a separate ego, separated from and in conflict with the rest of the world. In this classic book, Watts provides a lucid and simple presentation of an alternative view based on Hindu and Vedantic philosophy.
©1966 Alan Watts (P)2015 Macmillan Audio
Just to get it out of the way, I gave the 'performance' 3 stars because the narrator has a bit of a lisp, but I got used to it. Anyway, the actual review:
I've long been a fan of Alan Watts. He communicates concepts from the East with much respect to the fundamental differences we in the West have in in terms of our understanding of reality and the thought process behind our actions. Most importantly, he does so with a sense of humor. I laughed out loud innumerable times throughout 'The Book', whether because of his taut mastery of dry humor or how it's used to illuminate something complicated in a refreshingly simple manner.
I've digested a lot of literature on Buddhism and meditation, and have been practicing every day for about a year now, and what's discussed in this book brought satisfaction to a number of puzzles and frustrations I've acquired on my journey, some that I didn't even realize I had until he laid them out for me. Not only did it teach me where I am on the path to understanding, but it instilled confidence in myself for the way forward.
I'd recommend this book to anyone, not until you've found some modicum of consistent success (good practice) with meditation, otherwise some of the musings may seem too ethereal to be of any value. Trust me, they aren't.
"Alan Watts is THE MAN! The HUMAN!"
Alan Watts gives me so many light bulb moments when he talks that I feel all warm and bright and hopeful. He is the antidote to all the stupidity we are exposed to everyday.
"Greatly enjoyed listening to narrator."
The only thing that could have made listening to this book more perfect is if Alan Watts had narrated it himself.
"Philosophy, poetry and timeless wisdom."
The Book is the perfect companion for Alan Watts recorded lectures and talks. It is also the kind of book you will probably want to come back to every now and again.
"One of the best books I've ever read."
Hands down, one of the best books I have ever read. Alan Watts delivers one of the most well-thought out & peotic books on the nature of reality & human conciousness.
Its great but its not Alan Watts narrating. if you have heard him before this is a rehash of sll h uhh s lectures
"Can't listen once. Profound."
A very interesting approach to cosmology, sense of human experience.Easy enough to listen while driving, food for deep thought.
"I love Alan watts!"
I will need to listen a couple more times. And in the first go, it was great. Deeply thought provoking and creating a view of life that opens it up while bringing more meaning. I recommend!
"Alan Watts at his best!"
Philosophy is (or should be) unimpeded logic and Alan Watts hits the mark. If one is not familiar with Mr. Watts you will find that each of his statements, whether or not you are in agreement, are followed by a pragmatic example. Rather than accepting or rejecting the dialogue the reader should assess each statement without prejudices to gain any individual benefit.
As far as the narration is concerned, I have a prejudice. To imitate Alan Watts in presentation is difficult at best but the narration is acceptable.
"Very impressed! One of the most brilliant books!"
I would recommend it to everyone, but I know not everyone will get the philosophical debt of it or be ready for it. But for those who are thinkers, this is a gem!
It made me contemplate all the ideas and think of the world differently. It defintely changed how I look at myself, my life and the world entirely.
It is one of the most brilliant books I have read in a long time. And trust, me I read a lot of this stuff. But this was incredibly thought-provoking!
This IS the book we have been looking for, undeniable truth and thrilling in its premise. Incredible
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