Get Your Free Audiobook

Non-member price: $71.74

After 2 months, Audible is $16.45/mo. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

In order to come to your senses, Alan Watts often said, you sometimes need to go out of your mind. Perhaps more than any other teacher in the West, this celebrated author, former Anglican priest, and self-described spiritual entertainer was responsible for igniting the passion of countless wisdom seekers to the spiritual and philosophical delights of Asia and India.

Now, with Out of Your Mind: Essential Listening from the Alan Watts Audio Archives, you are invited to immerse yourself in 12 of this legendary thinker's pinnacle teaching sessions about how to break through the limits of the rational mind and begin expanding your awareness and appreciation for the Great Game unfolding all around us.

Whether you're completely new to Alan Watts or familiar with his work, here is a rare opportunity to experience him at his best, improvising brilliantly before a live audience on Out of Your Mind: Essential Listening from the Alan Watts Audio Archives.

©2005 Alan Watts (P)2005 Alan Watts

What listeners say about Out of Your Mind

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    219
  • 4 Stars
    25
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    1
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    184
  • 4 Stars
    12
  • 3 Stars
    5
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1
Story
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    177
  • 4 Stars
    19
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Could be so much better

The lectures in this audio book are basically copied from material freely available elsewhere. Somebody has simply and randomly downloaded some of this material and presented it here. There has been no effort to edit the material into any sort of meaningful order. They have added a bit of “funky” guitar and a female narrator who introduces each section. Some of the sections in this audiobook just peter out, almost mid sentence. There is so much missing material here. It is a shame because the work of Alan Watts was truly significant. Many of his ideas still resonate today. If you want to study the social and cultural upheaval of the 1960’s you need to study this man and his writings. He was massively influential. His material also resonates very strongly with today’s Millenials who see in his philosophy a way of reshaping the political and social materialism that has ensnared their generation. If audible wish to cash in on the work of Alan Watts they need to at least re-edit the material and remove the infamous background noise of watts’ lapel microphone. They should also pay an editor to put the material into some kind of thematic order. Finally, Watts actually wrote several books as well as recording his lectures and interviews and these would benefit from being produced in an audiobook format. I’d certainly buy them if they had a decent narrator. The material in this ‘audiobook’ should be seen as a taster of the total work produced by Alan Watts during his lifetime. Don’t let the dreadful quality and complete absence of editing herein discourage you from finding out more about the material generated by this remarkable and visionary man.

13 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

I’ve listened 10 times

The best book I’ve ever listened to. Best book ever.
I think I’ve listened 10 times.
I can randomly turn it on anytime and it blows my mind.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

starting point

this is a fantastic starting point for alan watts admirers and studiers of his philosophy

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Entertainment and mentoring

i struggled to stop listening every time I started! this lecture series have a life changing power.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ved
  • 02-02-2017

One of the only things you'll ever need to hear

One of the only things you'll ever need to hear. Right up there with 'you look great in those jeans'.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Zen, Buddhism and Hindu Philosophy done well

Alan Watts is wonderful to listen to and his style of presentation is just brilliant. He treats the subject matter with great humour and insight. Listening to him speak is also a joy and I have gained much from this particular work of his.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Simply a surprising, amazing philosophy!

Alan Watts at his best: Clever, ingenious but also entertaining and amusing at times. I believe this is frankly one of the best ways to get gently introduced to the Zen and overall budhist philosophy and traditions, much needed being such a departure from familiar "western" way of pondering about all that make up 'reality'. He excels at making that contrast evident and more amenable to inquiry.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

I think this lecture series has changed me.

I wish I'd read this earlier in life. For once a perspective-changing book that is 100% compatible with atheism.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Enlightening

An artfully crafted mix of the mundane and the profound, pointing to the unity of it all

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

fantastic book and listen!!

couldn't recommend this more! realy enjoyed this book, something ill have to listen to again and again

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Eugene
  • Eugene
  • 28-10-2016

Another great book

This book is as amazing as other Alan Watts books. However, if you already purchased "You're it" then this book is very very similar with identical talks.

79 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Alan
  • Alan
  • 28-11-2017

Cause if you let your breath go... it'll come back

These lectures are great for anyone with an open mind, from the merely curious to those seeking satori. A self proclaimed "spiritual entertainer," Alan Watts takes various concepts from eastern religions and translates them for a western audience, providing both entertainment and insight along the way. If you ever need a new perspective on the human condition try giving Alan Watts a listen.

This man passed over a decade before I was born, but his voice gives me comfort and his words bring me peace. He's helped me through some tough times, and I return to his lectures, or his writings, from time to time when I need a refresher.

"So, translated into colloquial American, nirvana is 'whew.' 'Cause if you let your breath go... it'll come back."

24 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for CJRapier
  • CJRapier
  • 24-09-2016

A must for fans Alan Watts

Fourteen hours of wisdom from the legendary Alan Watts. I own all of the other lecture series by Watts that are available on Audible and I did not hear any repeated material from those. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute, the sound quality is excellent given the age of some of the recordings. This is a great introduction to Zen and Eastern philosophy in general. I can't recommend this highly enough, if you are a fan or just getting into this wonderful, entertaining philosopher you will not be disappointed!

20 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for c.hewlett
  • c.hewlett
  • 08-12-2015

Brilliant. & Terrific to be able to listen rather than read!

Wonderful to have the chance to not only receive the wisdom of this brilliant man, but to also actually hear the material as the original talk (& not read by a narrator). Thank you to everyone that made this possible. Fascinating material, perfect format.

40 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Jermaine McGruder
  • Jermaine McGruder
  • 09-11-2015

One of the Best

This collection of original speeches by Alan Watts is amazing. It very detailed and very entertaining. Alan Watts has a way of taking serious ideas and explaining them in a humorous way. If you like philosophy, get this book.

11 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for james patrick
  • james patrick
  • 19-07-2017

loved it

mind opening. Alan Watts has changed my life. This book helped me cope with the loss of my mother and father. so very grateful!

8 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Brian
  • Brian
  • 24-11-2015

not dissapointed

Even better than "You're It" with mostly new recordings that I have never heard before

24 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-12-2016

Be careful before buying

If you could sum up Out of Your Mind in three words, what would they be?

Great but watchout

Any additional comments?

Be careful when buying this audio book or any audio book being packaged with Alan Watts lectures because it seems they fill these audiobooks with the same lectures so if you buy two different books you might actually be buying the same thing twice. Unfortunately there is no way to figure this out ahead of time

120 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Rip Dan Spinkle
  • Rip Dan Spinkle
  • 06-08-2018

Genius

Alan Watts is a master at reminding us to stop clinging and to enjoy life.

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for IW,  Albuquerque
  • IW, Albuquerque
  • 30-03-2016

great further listening after "Youre It!"

in YI Watts talks a lot about the uselessness of what's he s saying, in this he says what he can the best anyone could

3 people found this helpful

In the spirit of reconciliation, Audible Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.