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5.0 out of 5 stars What matters, February 7, 2012
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This is an amazing book for 1951. Watts is probably one of the clearst writers dealing with the indescribable I have ever read. In this book he deals with the major teachings of Buddhism including the first 3 of the noble truth, impermanence, no self and dependent origination without a single word of jargon. He is able to relate these teachings in a meaningful way to the daily life and concerns of a person living in a western culture with poise clarity and some beautiful if sometimes ruthless turns of phrase. No doubt a very important book that has had nowhere near the attention it deserves, a real pity that few were interested since he was pointing to the inevitability of the bind the west now finds itself in. Now that the publishing industry and the professional "psychobabblers" are on the Buddhism/mindfulness wagon, here is a dependable reference that puts all their gloss and marketing panache to shame with pure content; not a wasted self congratulatory word in it anywhere. It's a must read ... and now I will pursue everything I can get my hands on that has come from this brilliant man.
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Initial post: May 1, 2012 4:16:48 PM PDT
ZenRR says:
Awesome review and I totally agree
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