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Leave It Be

Alan Watts on the Art of Meditation
Narrated by: Alan Watts
Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
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The legendary author, speaker, and self-described "philosophical entertainer" Alan Watts delights us on audio with a wealth of illuminations into the spirit and art of meditation, spanning many traditions

"What would it be like to see all as one?" Alan Watts asks. "We hear about attaining great states of consciousness. But the only way to have a real transformation is to stop thinking about it - and simply experience it." 

From the 1950s to the 1970s, this seminal teacher sparked the West's love for Eastern wisdom. Now, in these rare recorded gems, he inspires a new generation of inner explorers seeking deeper insights into meditation - its myriad forms, how they work, and what happens when we practice them. 

On the "artless art" of contemplative practice, Watts explores Buddhist and yogic paths, Zen koans, Hindu mantra chanting, deep listening, effortless awareness, and more. 

The key to all meditation, reflects Watts, is to give up trying to do it - to leave it be - and allow ourselves to be meditated by what is beyond our illusory self. 

For those looking for teachings seldom explored in the current tide of books on mindfulness, Buddhism, and yoga, Watts is here to enthrall us - as original, humorous, and relevant today as ever. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

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This would have to be one of my favourites.

I do prefer to hear Alan Watts actual voice. He has a way in which he speaks that captures my attention immediately.

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First AW Purchase, not let down long time listener

AW never disappoints, always learning, fantastic! This is one of my favourite Audible books now.

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  • vin72
  • 30-01-2020

This is the same book as “you’re it”

This book is exactly the same as “you’re it”. Literally somebody took the same audio and slapped a different name on the book.

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  • Dom
  • 17-01-2020

Nice Collection of Talks

In my opinion, you can never have too many Alan Watts audio books in your collection.

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  • Andrew
  • 12-01-2020

Not specific to meditation

Just another collection of Alan Watts lectures. Not specific to meditation. This was a disappointing purchase. I like Alan Watts and the lectures are interesting. However, this is not guide to starting or furthering a meditation practice. I was mislead by the chapter titles. They arbitrary to sell the book and not a representation of what topic is covered in the lecture for that chapter. If you want a collection of lectures to further your curiosity into various areas Eastern philosophy, this is a good resource. But, that is not the topic that was represented by the seller.

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  • MJCarbo
  • 14-10-2020

Informative & Practical.

Alan Watts is always a win but his lectures and exercises revolutionized my private practice. Watts is not a priest but a guide inviting you to observe the path and tell him how you see it.

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  • Jason
  • 30-06-2020

wonderfully insightful

the man who brought Eastern philosophy to the West. the entirety of this audiobook are the recordings of his lectures so it is delivered with the personality the humor the humility and the passion of the man himself.

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  • HouseDrummer
  • 07-05-2020

Best Watts Book

Best overview of Eastern religion-based philosophies, possibly ever! Listened to each chapter several times to glean the big picture presented here. I own and have read and heard most of Watts' material for decades and this book actually made me want to go back and revisit them all. Well done.

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  • M3dicjay
  • 19-04-2020

This audio book comes with a PDF!!!

Alan Watts is great!! But, This book has a PDF that comes with it. Whoever publishes these books. PLEASE!! add PDF's to "Out of your mind" That is a lot of audio that isn't labeled. Other than that. I think everybody needs to listen to Watts.

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  • John Davis
  • 19-01-2020

A gem

About 2 thirds of this book are already available in other audio books by Alan Watts, but the 1 third that’s available for the first time is worth its weight in gold.

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  • Davie
  • 25-01-2020

Beware - there are repeats

I love Alan Watts and have all of his talks, but a lot of them are just repeats. whoever published these, please check before publishing. major let down.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-04-2020

Uncle Alan takes you for a walk.

How these lectures are compiled and produced compliments the wisdom held within. I have been trying to live by the Tao for a couple of years now and these lectures helped me understand more. I hope others enjoy them as I have. many thanks.

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  • John Sharpe
  • 15-08-2020

Some beautiful concepts and perspectives..

Very good. The Dao, the energy that drives nature and the concept of wu wei; effortless action are beautiful to contemplate, Many of the anecdotes and perspectives shared by Alan Watts in this collection will have a lasting effect on the listener.

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  • Kevin Reade
  • 28-07-2020

We are fortunate to have Alan Watts

Alan is effortless in his delivery which rings true to the title! Great message and openedy eyes to Zen Only reason not a perfect 5 🌟 is because the lectures chop and change a small bit so it is slightly confusing to follow at times. Don't let that deter you from getting the book however! You will not regret it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-04-2020

great philosophy

Was a bit simpler to his other book but still contained a lot of useful information and I like the guided meditation at the end