Weisheit des ungesicherten Lebens

Author: Alan Watts
Publisher: Knaur MensSana eBook
ISBN: 9783426421406
Release Date: 2014-02-26
Genre: Religion

Der moderne Mensch will das Leben immer stärker planen und kontrollierbar machen. Er treibt einen unglaublichen technischen Aufwand, nur um sich sicherer zu fühlen. Dahinter steckt ein ängstliches Ich, das sich von der Welt bedroht fühlt. Alan Watts zeigt den Weg in eine tiefere Dimension des Bewusstseins, in der man dem Leben vollkommen offen und furchtlos zu begegnen lernt.

Zen Stille des Geistes

Author: Alan Watts
Publisher: Theseus Verlag
ISBN: 9783958832282
Release Date: 2017-02-07
Genre: Self-Help

Einführung in die Meditation Für viele Menschen waren die Bücher des international bekannten Autors Alan Watts bereits in den 60er und 70er Jahren der Einstieg in Buddhismus und Zen. Seine Vorträge und Publikationen waren ungemein beliebt und haben eine Welle des Interesses an fernöstlicher Weisheit ausgelöst. Diese Einführung in die Meditation, von seinem Sohn zusammengestellt, strahlt noch immer eine derartige Frische und Modernität aus, dass sie besonders für junge Leute als Einführung geeignet ist. "Was wir mangels einer besseren Bezeichnung Meditation oder Kontemplation nennen, sollte eigentlich Spaß machen. Ich mag ehrlich sein, aber ich bin nie ernst, und ich glaube auch nicht, dass das Universum besonders ernst ist. Probleme entstehen in der Welt hauptsächlich deshalb, weil viele sich sehr ernst nehmen, statt spielerisch mit den Dingen umzugehen." Alan Watts

Become what You are

Author: Alan Watts
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 9781570629402
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Philosophy

In this collection of essays, Watts displays the playfulness of thought and simplicity of language that has made him one of the most popular lecturers and authors on the spiritual traditions of the East. Watts draws on a variety of religious traditions and explores the limits of language in the face of spiritual truth.

What Is Tao

Author: Alan Watts
Publisher: New World Library
ISBN: 1577318161
Release Date: 2010-10-06
Genre: Religion

Alan Watts — noted author and respected authority on Far Eastern thought — studied Taoism extensively, and in his final years moved to a quiet cabin in the mountains and dedicated himself almost exclusively to meditating and writing on the Tao. This new book gives us an opportunity to not only understand the concept of the Tao but to experience the Tao as a personal practice of liberation from the limitations imposed by the common beliefs within our culture. The philosophy of the Tao offers a way to understand the value of ourselves as free-willed individuals enfolded within the ever-changing patterns of nature. The path of the Tao is perhaps the most puzzling way of liberation to come to us from the Far East in the last century. It is both practical and esoteric, and it has a surprisingly comfortable quality of thought that is often overlooked by Western readers who never venture beyond the unfamiliar quality of the word Tao (pronounced "dow"). But those who do soon discover a way of understanding and living with the world that has profound implications for us today in so-called modern societies. The word Tao means the Way — in the sense of a path, a way to go — but it also means nature, in the sense of one's true nature, and the nature of the universe. Often described as the philosophy of nature, we find the origins of Taoism in the shamanic world of pre-Dynastic China. Living close to the earth, one sees the wisdom of not interfering, and letting things go their way. It is the wisdom of swimming with the current, splitting wood along the grain, and seeking to understand human nature instead of changing it. Every creature finds it's way according to the laws of nature, and each of us has our own inner path — or Tao.

In My Own Way

Author: Alan Watts
Publisher: New World Library
ISBN: 1577319931
Release Date: 2011-02-09
Genre: Religion

In this new edition of his acclaimed autobiography — long out of print and rare until now — Alan Watts tracks his spiritual and philosophical evolution. A child of religious conservatives in rural England, he went on to become a freewheeling spiritual teacher who challenged Westerners to defy convention and think for themselves. Watts's portrait of himself shows that he was a philosophical renegade from early on in his intellectual life. Self-taught in many areas, he came to Buddhism through the teachings of Christmas Humphreys and D. T. Suzuki. Told in a nonlinear style, In My Own Way combines Watts's brand of unconventional philosophy with wry observations on Western culture and often hilarious accounts of gurus, celebrities, and psychedelic drug experiences. A charming foreword by Watts's father sets the tone of this warm, funny, and beautifully written story. Watts encouraged readers to “follow your own weird” — something he always did himself, as this remarkable account of his life shows.

Eastern Wisdom Modern Life

Author: Alan Watts
Publisher: New World Library
ISBN: 9781577319221
Release Date: 2011-02-08
Genre: Philosophy

Alan Watts introduced millions of Western readers to Zen and other Eastern philosophies. But he is also recognized as a brilliant commentator on Judeo-Christian traditions, as well as a celebrity philosopher who exemplified the ideas — and lifestyle — of the 1960s counterculture. In this compilation of controversial lectures that Watts delivered at American universities throughout the sixties, he challenges readers to reevaluate Western culture's most hallowed constructs. Watts treads the familiar ground of interpreting Eastern traditions, but he also covers new territory, exploring the counterculture's basis in the ancient tribal and shamanic cultures of Asia, Siberia, and the Americas. In the process, he addresses some of the era's most important questions: What is the nature of reality? How does an individual's relationship to society affect this reality? Filled with Watts's playful, provocative style, the talks show the remarkable scope of a philosopher at his prime, exploring and defining the sixties counterculture as only Alan Watts could.

Still the Mind

Author: Alan Watts
Publisher: New World Library
ISBN: 1577313291
Release Date: 2010-10-05
Genre: Religion

Mark Watts compiled this book from his father's extensive journals and audiotapes of famous lectures he delivered in his later years across the country. In three parts, Alan Watts explains the basic philosophy of meditation, how individuals can practice a variety of meditations, and how inner wisdom grows naturally.

Seeds of Genius

Author: Alan Watts
Publisher: Element Books Limited
ISBN: UVA:X006020215
Release Date: 1990
Genre: Religion

Collects writings originally published in British and American journals between 1934 and 1956 which offer insight into Watts' spiritual development

The Tao of Philosophy

Author: Alan Watts
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 0804832048
Release Date: 1999-10-15
Genre: Philosophy

Alan Watts presents an eloquent and accessible introduction to the philosophies of Taoism and Zen Buddhism. Watts teaches us how to see and appreciate the world in new ways, and reminds us that we are all born from nature.

Tao of Philosophy

Author: Alan Watts
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 9781462916733
Release Date: 1999-10-15
Genre: Religion

The Tao of Philosophy is a literary adaptation of talks selected to introduce the new "Love of Wisdom" series by Alan Watts to today's audiences. The following chapters provide rich examples of the way in which the philosophy of the Tao is as contemporary today as it was when it flourished in China thousands of years ago. Perhaps most significantly, these selections offer modern society a clearer understanding of what it will take for a successful reintegration of humans in nature.

Alan Watts In the Academy

Author: Alan Watts
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9781438465562
Release Date: 2017-04-25
Genre: Philosophy

Explores language and mysticism, Buddhism and Zen, Christianity, comparative religion, psychedelics, and psychology and psychotherapy. To commemorate the 2015 centenary of the birth of Alan Watts (1915–1973), Peter J. Columbus and Donadrian L. Rice have assembled a much-needed collection of Watts’s scholarly essays and lectures. Compiled from professional journals, monographs, scholarly books, conferences, and symposia proceedings, the volume sheds valuable light on the developmental arc of Watts’s thinking about language and mysticism, Buddhism and Zen, Christianity, comparative religion, psychedelics, and psychology and psychotherapy. This definitive collection challenges Watts’s reputation as a “popularizer” or “philosophical entertainer,” revealing his concerns to be much more expansive and transdisciplinary than is suggested by the parochial “Zen Buddhist” label commonly affixed to his writings. The editors’ authoritative introduction elucidates contemporary perspectives on Watts’s life and work, and supports a bold rethinking of his contributions to psychology, philosophy, and religion. “This excellent volume is important in establishing Watts as perhaps the most important Western thinker and writer on Eastern religions and philosophy, as well as comparative religions, of the twentieth century.” — John W. Traphagan, author of Rethinking Autonomy: A Critique of Principlism in Biomedical Ethics

What Is Zen

Author: Alan Watts
Publisher: New World Library
ISBN: 157731817X
Release Date: 2010-09-03
Genre: Religion

A fervent, lifelong student of Zen, Alan Watts shows us that it is both an experience — a singular, powerful moment of realization — and a simple way of life, with an awareness that affects every moment of every day. Adopted by mainstream America in a way that carries only a vague association of its roots in Zen Buddhism, Alan Watts makes it clear that any exploration of Zen must understand and embrace its roots as a form of Buddhist practice derived from its Chinese and East Indian sources. Examining the background of Zen in East Indian religion, Watts shows us its evolution through the religion of China. Zen is a synthesis of the contemplative insight of Indian religion and the dynamic liveliness of Taoism as they came together in the pragmatic, practical environment of Confucian China. Watts gives us great insight into the living moment of satori and the release of nirvana, as well as the methods of meditation that are current today, and the influence of Zen culturally in the arts of painting and pottery.