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First, with regard to the title and subtitle, Watts explains that "The Book I am thinking about [and later wrote] would not be religious in the usual sense, but it would have to discuss many things with which religions have been concerned -- the universe and man's place in it, the mysterious center of experience which we call 'I myself.' the problems of life and love, pain and death, and the whole question of whether existence has meaning has meaning in [in italics] any sense of the word."
With regard to the subtitle, Watts explains that there is no need for a new religion or a new bible. "We need a new experience -- a new feeling of what it is to be 'I.Read more ›
When I read these essays now, I am comforted by Watts' brilliant way of making the abstract, a little more "user friendly". The essay, 'How To Be A Genuine Fake' was most helpful as I was studying to become a spiritual counselor (a practitioner)for my church. It seemed as though everyone was holding themselves in some glorious light of what they were doing. It became a new game that they were playing with themselves. "Oh, when I get this practitioner license I will be this and I will be that...Read more ›
Well, looking back, that's perhaps too harsh an assessment, and I will say that Watts's book is an extremely well-written, concise, and clear introduction to Vedantic thought that is as relevant today as it was 35 years ago. I recently picked up the book after 30 years, and found that in many ways I enjoyed it even more than I did back then.
As others have commented more completely on the usefulness and relevance of the philosophy in the book, I will just mention one thing. I really enjoyed his discussion about the fear of death. Watts points out that the way western culture deals practically and philosophically with death, isolating the individual from feeling a part of the universe as a whole on the one hand, and as basically a taboo subject, on the other, is unproductive and ultimately does nothing to resolve the issue. He points out that the denial process of sweeping it under the rug only makes it worse, and that ultimately the only solution is to just face one's fear. If death frightens you or makes you afraid, well then, be afraid. At least be honest about it, because that's the first step to realistically starting to deal with the problem.Read more ›
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Of all the Buddhist books I've read, this is the only one I struggled to get through. It's surprising because I have heard so much praise about the author's wise words. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Emelia Hartley
I made it through only the first two chapters.
It starts out with lots of bad Science and Physics. But I can deal with bad Science analogies if indeed they are analogies. Read more
I love Alan Watts and can't get enough of his works. This book is exceptional in detailing life as we don't necessarily perceive it.Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
Alan Watts has a way of speaking and weiting that melts concerns and worries away. Though I don't agree with all of the book it is a fun read regardlessPublished 28 days ago by Richard Carrington
Wonderful book! Dives into deep concepts in a way that's useful to navigating our current world. I could only digest one chapter per night, and it deserves a reread soon.Published 1 month ago by Daniel Ray
I've read this short, yet enlightening and dense book before. I just love the way Mr. Watts gets To the heart of the matter. Had to get another copy for my daughter. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This contained some very interesting ideas, but it was not very well composed.Published 2 months ago by Stephanie Garcia
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