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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

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Vedanta for 20th century.

Needs more than one reading, that's for sure. It's hard to remain separate from the universal atom after this.

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This is quite literally "The Book"...

You have to let go of what you know and then read this book. For anyone who has not heard of Alan Watts before, I recommend listening to some of his lectures on YouTube. It takes time to embrace some of rhe the concepts he speaks of, but they are well worth the mental battle.

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Amazing

Articulate and enchanting view of life and the world. Alan Watts was and still is one of the best thinkers in philosophy.

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Watts Opus - Lovely, bravo & funny too. Gift idea!

Dear, dear Allan, wherever you are.
In this Book, your Opus shines bright, as was your life, was, your Opus.
i remember you. :-)
In this short listen - you'll find a myriad of contemplations that our ego and you, the 'I', may witness with no more concern than a cloud passing, as it does, in it's own unique way, once, and only once, and you by happenstance, are there to witness.
Fear not, that 'I' may one day diminsh, to instead rejoice, every moment, that we are the 'I's', for now.
May you all find inner peace and be truly happy.

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Simply stylish .

In typical Watt's style .He explains metaphysics and does it so well.I have listened to it 10 times.

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  • Dylan
  • 09-04-2015

Invaluable Insight

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.

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  • Ian Lacadin
  • 13-03-2019

Master Alan Watts

Thank you. Thank you for reading me the book i once read. Thank you for reading me something i enjoy. Thank you for enjoying something I enjoy. Thank you.

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  • Diana
  • 01-07-2015

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.

That's all.

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  • H. Lee
  • 04-10-2015

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.

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  • Roberta and Johnny Shaughnessy, Mindfulness Meditation Teachers
  • 05-07-2017

This may be THE Book.

Buckle your seatbelt. Alan Watts is about to take you for a ride that might change your life. A brief, but comprehensive exploration of metaphysics, philosophy and the meaning of life.
It may take one 100's of books and 1000's of hours to compile the knowledge and understanding presented in this book.

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  • Gabriel Cichon
  • 20-11-2020

A must read about a book you must listen to

First thing I would like to say is that you should go listen to Alan Watts’ lectures on YouTube or Spotify before reading this book. I say this because many other reviewers complained about how the narrator rambles and goes all over the place... well, it’s not the narrator, that’s how Alan Watts speaks and explains his thoughts and if you disagree, you clearly haven’t heard Alan’s lectures before.

Now about the book itself: even though I wish it had been narrated by Alan himself, the narrator does a great job and made me even forget at times that it wasn’t Alan narrating it. In my opinion, this is a great starter if you’ve gotten interested in Alan Watts in another platform and are looking to go deeper! My advice to someone who started the book and is feeling like it’s hard to finish, just get past chapter 3, I doubt you’ll be able to stop after that.

Hope you enjoy the book and grow within yourself as much as I felt I did!

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  • Randy
  • 26-01-2020

Esses-s-s

I could not listen to this performance past chapter one. It is poorly recorded. The hissing sibilants are so annoying they detract from the content.
The esses are so pronounced the reader often sounds like he has loose dentures.

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  • Donna Araujo
  • 23-10-2019

Worst Alan Watts book I've ever listened to.

Wow- he was so rambling. It was really really hard to follow. I normally love Alan Watts

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  • Gustavo Ávila
  • 23-06-2019

Profound

Maybe If I read 20 more times I'll come to understand everything this book says

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  • Robin
  • 15-12-2017

Superb! Enlightening!

Eloquence of what is and its finest. If you’re looking for peace in a world that has given you the option of ignorant religion or bleak death, this book untangles our deep connection to everything and offers a third, much needed perspective.

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  • Thurloxton Adam
  • 31-08-2019

Read it

Release yourself to this with an open heart and your mind will follow. This is the best book you will ever find.

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  • Vita Losiute
  • 24-05-2019

life changing

this book is perfect for those who are consciously awoke or spiritually awakening!!! love it

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  • Kim H.
  • 07-01-2019

Philosophy genius

Alan Watts' spills his wisdom and beautiful soul within this book letting you see life in a different perspective - one that should really be taught to us. Read well by Sean Runnette.

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  • Myles
  • 01-02-2019

Very inspiring way to change my world view

very holistic way to see the world.
I like the way he combines that integrates things together.
Lateral, holistic and integrative thinking is how humans will evolve on to something better.
the olden days of thinking tribal and narrow or no longer advantageous.
we have become so global and so connected due to technology that we have to increase ability to connect collaborate co-create and empathize.
the consequences of not thinking integrative is dangerous to our health and happiness. we are seeing with the revolution of gender roles for example that we have to think broader and more nuanced.
oversimplified black and white thinking is not helping us anymore we need to be nuanced.
gender war race war these are created out of lack of integrative and diverse thinking.

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  • George Boylan
  • 06-12-2018

Brilliant!

Great book from start to finish! The narrator is very easy to Listen to. This book makes things a lot clearer

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  • Robert Lumley
  • 29-09-2015

Life changing

This IS the book we have been looking for, undeniable truth and thrilling in its premise. Incredible

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-06-2021

Mind blowing!!!

This is such an important book for the 21st century because western intellectuals are blinded by the dissecting intellect. This book somehow uses reason to show how our thoughts and scientific tests don’t show the whole picture, whilst fully supporting science and reason.

To sum up this book I will use the Buddhist symbol of the snake eating it’s tail, because it doesn’t realise that the tail is also part of it’s body.

For this wisdom to be fully digested I recommend meditation, as it increases your sensitivity towards yourself and inevitably of how the environment affects you.

This combination is what will reveal your true identity.

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  • George
  • 23-06-2021

great

Good listen feel you miss something when Alan Watt's isn't reading the words him self but the book it's self is great

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  • Stephen Doyle
  • 06-01-2021

Refreshing

Great book. Alan Watts gives a very refreshing look into to who we are, or who we think we are..... will have to revisit again and again to absorb the many anecdotes and insights.
Very enjoyable

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