Tao has ratings and reviews. Marc said: While I most enjoy the hundreds of hours of lectures by this, my favorite thinker of all time, I do tre. This book by Alan Watts was given to me by my mentor before I left the States to live in China. He told me it was one of those books, “you don’t. In order to go into Taoism at all, we must begin by being in the frame of mind Tao means basically “way”, and so “course”; the course of nature. . Alan Watts.

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Not a book to read right thru, but a great bed side book. And in this state, although we have extremely sensitive bodies and very alive senses, we have no means of making an intellectual or verbal commentary on what is going on.

Tao: The Watercourse Way – Alan Watts, Al Chung-liang Huang – Google Books

Cosmic wqtercourse and matter reflect both. We wage wars for other peoples benefit, and attempt to help those living in “underdeveloped” counties, not realizing that in the process we may destroy their way of life.

Watts respectfully stays competent, lightly-gentle, interesting, brief, and what is most important – original. Of course, it’s not as if he didn’t write anything else, and there are a mess o’ his talks on YouTube to keep me going.

If you shut your eyes, and contemplate reality only with your ears, you will find there is a background of silence, and all sounds are coming out of it. Hitherto, Western science has stressed the attitude of objectivity— a cold, calculating, and detached attitude through which it appears that natural phenomena, including the human organism, are nothing but mechanisms. Lao Tzu said “It could be the mother of everything, I don’t know its name, and call it Tao.

Tao: the Watercourse Way

Watts, who held both a master’s degree in theology and a doctorate of divinity, is best remembered as an interpreter of Zen Buddhism in particular, and of Indian and Chinese philosophy in general. They start out of silence. In this way he helps make some very difficult concepts somewhat easier to understand. Refresh and try again. Famous for his research on comparative religion, he was best known as an interpreter and popularizer of Asian philosophies for a Western audience.


Following the chapter on Chinese ideograms Watts covers four basic principles of Taoism: What is ‘so-of-itself,’ sui generis in Latin, means coming into being spontaneously on its own accord, and that, incidentally, is the real meaning of virgin birth. He also gives a brief info about historical foundations of the research of Buddhism in Europe, USA and western hemisphere.

Tao: The Watercourse Way

In watercousre of these chapters he examines the concept discussed, providing quotations from the Tao Te Ching and other books to illustrate his explanations. The Watercourse Way, which though never fully completed was published after the author’s death and introduced thousands of readers to Taoist thought.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. He received a master’s degree from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Illinois and an honorary doctorate of divinity from the University of Vermont. I will take some issue with Wtts dismissal of pranayama tai the bulk of yogic practice toward the end, but I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt on this one and sa Wow. We recognize at once that is not a mess, but it is not symmetrical and it is not geometrical looking.

Tao: The Watercourse Way

Nobody has taught you self control, so you don’t know the difference between the noise of a car outside and a wandering thought that enters your mind- they are both something that happens. Apr 06, Adrienne rated it it was amazing. Contributions to Psychology, Philosophy, and Religion. According to Tao, man too should try to follow the natural way of things and the path of least resistence. We’re featuring millions of their txo ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.

However, Emperor Han Kao Tsu that came next ruled with a light touch only making clear watercousre harsh punishment will be meted out of manslaughter, assault and thievery and the Han Empire lasted years. The Best Books of Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The forward and the Afterward, and footnotes made reading the book tak much more enjoyable; bringing understanding to the reality of Alan’s character and that he has passed away.


Book ratings by Goodreads. Oct 11, Frank D’hanis junior rated it really liked it. Awesome, mind-blowing, effectively powerful and over all a magnificent piece of watercoudse.

Alan Watts—Here and Now: So, on one hand you are simply unable to do anything, and on the other there is nothing you are supposed to do. Critics agree that this last work stands as a perfect monument to the life and literature of Alan Watts. As human beings have to make the gamble of trusting one another in order to have any kind of workable community, we must also take the risk of trimming our sails to the winds of nature.

I love the concept of “Li”, like flowing water or grains in the wood. Concerned at the disintegration of primitive Chinese civilization, he sought to restore order by relying on the power of ideas to organize behavior.

Chesterton and countless other authors, artists, musicians, spiritual leaders and intellectuals of both the east and west. But Lao-tzu explains that the top position is the most insecure. The plant looks like a Chinese drawing, because they appreciated this kind of non-symmetrical order wwtercourse much that it became an integral aspect of their painting.

So, therefore, the watercourse way is the way of Tao. You don’t try to be aware; you are. One can only attune to them and follow the course much like the coursewater.