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After D.T. Suzuki, Alan Watts stands as the godfather of Zen in America. Often taken to task for inspiring the flimsy spontaneity of Beat Zen, Watts had an undeniably keen understanding of his subject. Nowhere is this more evident than in his 1957 classic The Way of Zen, which has been reissued. Watts takes the reader back to the philosophical foundations of Zen in the conceptual world of Hinduism, follows Buddhism's course through the development of the early Mahayana school, the birth of Zen from Buddhism's marriage with Chinese Taoism, and on to Zen's unique expression in Japanese art and life. As a Westerner, Watts anticipates the stumbling blocks encountered with such concepts as emptiness and no-mind, then illustrates with flawlessly apt examples. Many popular books have been written on Zen since Watts' time, but few have been able to muster the rare combination of erudition and clarity that have kept The Way of Zen in readers' hands decade after decade. --Brian Bruya
No one has given such a concise...introduction to the whole history of this Far Eastern development of Buddhist thought as Alan Watts. (Joseph Campbell, author of The Hero with a Thousand Faces) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.See all Editorial Reviews
Too much philosophical jargon and arcane history.. If this is a rigorous history , then it should be marketed as such... The summary says it is a good introduction.. Read morePublished 1 month ago by John Paul Velon
Alan Watts continues to challenge how we think, even after passing on.
He has brought the west a better understanding of the Way.