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Out of Your Mind: Essential Listening from the Alan Watts Audio Archives Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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Born in England in 1915, Alan Watts attended King's College School Canterbury, served on the Council of the World Congress of Faiths (1936-38), and came to the United States in 1938. He held a Master's Degree in Theology from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and an Honorary DD from the University of Vermont in recognition of his work in the field of comparative religions. Alan Watts become widely recognized for his Zen writings and for The Book On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are. He died in 1973 at his home in California. For more than forty years, Alan Watts earned a reputation as a foremost interpreter of Eastern philosophies for the West. Beginning at age sixteen, when he wrote an essay for the journal of the Buddhist Lodge in London, he developed an audience of millions who were enriched through his books, tape recordings, radio, television, and public lectures. In all Watts wrote more than twenty-five books and recorded hundreds of lecture and seminars, all building toward a personal philosophy that he shared in complete candor and joy with his readers and listeners throughout the world. His overall works have presented a model of individuality and self-expression that can be matched by few philosophers. He held fellowships from Harvard University and the Bollingen Foundation, and was Episcopal Chaplain at Northwestern University during the Second World War. He became professor and dean of the American Academy of Asian Studies in San Francisco, made the television series "Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life" for National Educational Television, and served as a visiting consultant for psychiatric institutions and hospitals, and for the United States Air Force. In the mid-sixties he traveled widely with his students in Japan, and visited Burma, Ceylon, and India.
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Top Customer Reviews
Very few lemons in this bunch, in fact, perhaps only two or three out of the 100+ sections. Best investment I've made in some time.
Its difficult to summarize the content. Perhaps a simple table of contents would be useful (sure wish amazon would make a habit of publishing these!).
CD 1. The nature of consciousness, Part 1
2. Our image of the world
3. The myth of the ceramic construct
4. The myth of the automatic universe
5. A wiggly world
6. A game that's worth the candle
7. An independent system
8. Whose game is it?
9. The world as a drama
CD 2. The nature of consciousness, Part 2
2. Being aware of awareness
3. Captivated by the drama
4. The game of hide and seek
5. Consciousness beyond awareness
6. How do we define ourselves?
7. What it is to see
8. The road to here
9. A re-examination of common sense
CD 3. The web of life, Part 1
2. What did you forget?
3. A spontaneous life
4. Seeing beyond our separateness
5. Intervals between what happens
6. Existence as a function of relationship
7. Understanding the unitive world
8. An implicit agreement
9. To be aware of the melody
CD 4. The web of life, Part 2
2. Web as mutuality
3. The nature of selfishness
4. A perfectly genuine act
5. The sound of rain needs no translation
6. What game would you like to play?
7. Is is serious?
8. An invitation to act
CD 5. The inevitable ecstasy, Part 1
2. Undifferentiated vs. differentiated awareness
3. The marriage of an illusion to a futility
4. The awareness of a baby
5. The fallacy of misplaced concreteness
6. The sensation of the happening
7. Of pain and suffering
8. Must life go on and on?
9. A natural satori
10. The aversion to death
11. The eroticism of pain
12. The spectrum of vibrations
CD 6. The inevitable ecstasy, Part 2
2. Seeing beyond the game
3. A conspiracy we play on ourselves
4. The illusion of the ego
5, The meaningless life
6. This is the game
7. So what is the problem?
8. Every incarnation is this one
9. The state of nothing
10. The line of least resistance
CD 7. The world as just so, Part 1
2. To say what can't be said
3. Zen's appeal to the West
4. Direct pointing
5. The origins of Zen
6. The golden age of Zen
7. No mind, no deliberation
8. Who are you?
9. Disturbing confusions of the mind
10. Who is the thinker behind the thoughts?
CD 8. The world as just so, Part 2
2. Escaping the tangle
3. The in defines the out defines the in
4. The Japanese Zen monastery
5. Entering the temple
6. Answering the koan
7. Seeing past the illusion
8. The decline of modern temples
9. The truth of the birthless mind
CD 9. The world as self, Part 1
2. The totality of all being
3. Awareness of the self
4. The fundamental I
5. Self as play
6. The rhythmic dance
7. Rules of the game
8. The Hindu Yogas
9. Western difficulty with Hindu mythology
CD 10. The world as self, Part 2
2. The human world as self
3. Stages of citizenship in India
4. Shedding the masks
5. The limits of self-awareness
6. The role of the trickster
7. The journey to where you already are
8. Fear of enlightenment
9. The Yoga Sutra
10. How not to use the mind
11. Gamesmanship in spiritual practice
12. A place for the hermit
CD 11. The world as emptiness, Part 1
2. The essence of Hinduism
3. The Four Noble Truths
4. The cause of suffering
5. The Eight-Fold Path
6. The Five Good Conducts
7. Presence of mind
8. A finger point at the moon
9. The nature of change
10. The mystery of change
11. Peaks and valleys go together as one
CD 12. The world as emptiness, Part 2
2. The Buddhist attitude of change
3. Willing to die
4. A happy death
5. Raising the alarm
6. The world as Void
7. Voiding the Void
8. Consider death now
9. Thunderous silence
Some of the titles give a concrete idea of the content, others give no idea of the content, and others are just pure poetry and wordplay.
How to say what cannot be said!