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Watts, Alan 1915-1973

Works: 893 works in 2,876 publications in 11 languages and 44,806 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Controversial literature  Comparative studies  Records and correspondence  Myths 
Roles: Author, Performer, Commentator, Narrator, Author of introduction, Other, Originator, Editor
Classifications: BL1432.Z4, 294.3927
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The way of Zen by Alan Watts( Book )

165 editions published between 1957 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 2,889 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Parallel title in Japanese characters. An introducition to the history of Zen Buddhism
The book; on the taboo against knowing who you are by Alan Watts( Book )

60 editions published between 1966 and 2012 in English and Italian and held by 1,654 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays on the nature of self
Psychotherapy : East and West by Alan Watts( Book )

70 editions published between 1961 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 1,373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Before he became a counterculture hero, Alan Watts was known as an incisive scholar of Eastern and Western psychology and philosophy. In this 1961 classic, Watts demonstrates his deep understanding of both Western psychotherapy and the Eastern spiritual philosophies of Buddhism, Taoism, Vedanta, and Yoga. He examined the problem of humans in a seemingly hostile universe in ways that questioned the social norms and illusions that bind and constrict modern humans. Marking a groundbreakingsynthesis, Watts asserted that the powerful insights of Freud and Jung, which had, indeed, brought psychiatry close to the edge of liberation, could, if melded with the hitherto secret wisdom of the Eastern traditions, free people from their battles with the self. When psychotherapy merely helps us adjust to social norms, Watts argued, it falls short of true liberation, while Eastern philosophy seeks our natural relation to the cosmos
Myth and ritual in Christianity by Alan Watts( Book )

45 editions published between 1933 and 2004 in English and held by 1,345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analysis of Christian symbolism showing how the pattern of Christian ritual developed from the events of the Old and New Testaments
The spirit of Zen : a way of life, work and art in the Far East by Alan Watts( Book )

54 editions published between 1936 and 2009 in English and held by 1,318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The wisdom of insecurity by Alan Watts( Book )

49 editions published between 1951 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Whosoever would save his soul shall lose it." This book is an exploration of this law in relation to man's quest for psychological and intellectual certainty in religion and philosophy
Nature, man, and woman by Alan Watts( Book )

72 editions published between 1958 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 1,241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this book, the author ... makes an important contribution to our understanding of man's place in the natural world. No man, he shows, is fit to control nature unless he feels himself to be a part of it, fully aware that seemingly individual things, including himself, are in fact inseparably related to events. Hostility to nature is characteristic of our culture, and is the root of our personal anxiety and loneliness, our fear of feeling, and our reluctance to love. Mr. Watts discusses the origins of this alienation from nature in Christianity and Western thought, contrasted with the Chinese philosophy of the Tao and its vision of nature as an organic whole in which man is fully included and feels at home. The love of man and woman is seen as a sacramental means of overcoming our estrangement from life, and Mr. Watts writes both as a poet and philosopher to give a deeply moving description of the sense of man's identity with nature in everyday life as well as in the act of love."--Page [4] of cover
Tao : the watercourse way by Alan Watts( Book )

29 editions published between 1975 and 2011 in English and held by 1,095 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on ancient and modern sources, Watts treats the Chinese philosophy of Tao in much the same way as he did Zen Buddhism in his classic The Way of Zen. Critics agree that this last work stands as a perfect monument to the life and literature of Alan Watts.--Publisher description
The two hands of God : the myths of polarity by Alan Watts( Book )

36 editions published between 1963 and 1978 in English and French and held by 976 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Behold the spirit; a study in the necessity of mystical religion by Alan Watts( Book )

30 editions published between 1947 and 2011 in English and held by 859 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A discussion of contemporary Christianity which emphasizes the importance of union with God rather than a knowledge of doctrine
This is it, and other essays on Zen and spiritual experience by Alan Watts( Book )

49 editions published between 1958 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 858 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The six essays in this volume all deal with the relationship of mystical experience to ordinary life. The title essay on "cosmic consciousness" includes the author's account of his own ventures into this inward realm. "Instinct, Intelligence, and Anxiety" is a study of the paradoxes of self-consciousness; "Spiritually and Sensuality," a lively discussion of the false opposition of spirit and matter; and "The New Alchemy," a balanced account of states of consciousness akin to spiritual experience induced by the aid of lysergic acid. The collection also includes the text of Watts' celebrated pamphlet, "Beat Zen, Square Zen, and Zen." From the Paperback edition
The supreme identity : an essay on Oriental metaphysic and the Christian religion by Alan Watts( Book )

42 editions published between 1949 and 2014 in English and held by 833 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Does it matter? Essays on man's relation to materiality by Alan Watts( Book )

17 editions published between 1968 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 757 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This classic series of essays represents Alan Watts' thinking on the problems caused by our dysfunctional relationship with the material environment. Here, with characteristic wit, a philosopher best known for his writings and teachings about mysticism and Eastern philosophy gets down to the nitty-gritty problems of economics, technology, clothing, cooking, and housing. Watts argues that we confuse symbol with reality, and our ways of describing and measuring the world with the world itself. With our attention locked on numbers and concepts, we are increasingly unconscious of nature and of our total dependence on air, water, plants, animals, insects, and bacteria. We have hallucinated the notion that the so-called external world is a cluster of objects separate from ourselves, that we come into it instead of out of it. Originally published in 1972, this book foretells the environmental problems that arise from this mistaken mind-set. Not all of Watts' predictions have come to pass, but his unique insights will change the way you look at the world.--From publisher description
The philosophies of Asia : the edited transcripts by Alan Watts( Book )

11 editions published between 1995 and 1999 in English and held by 507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This compilation offers a unique synthesis of the traditional branches of Eastern thought by drawing upon their historical connections and common foundations in mystical experience
Buddhism, the religion of no-religion : the edited transcripts by Alan Watts( Book )

11 editions published between 1995 and 1999 in English and held by 364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The widespread influence of Buddhism is due in part to the skill with which a way of liberation was refined by it's teachers and became accessible to people of diverse cultures. In this dynamic series of lectures, Alan Watts takes us on an exploration of Buddhism, from its roots in India to the explosion of interest in Zen and the Tibetan tradition in the West. Watts traces the Indian beginnings of Buddhism, delineates differences between Buddhism and other religions, looks at the radical methods of the Mahayan Buddhist, and reviews the Four Noble Truths and The Eightfold Path
Myth and religion : the edited transcripts by Alan Watts( Book )

6 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dynamic collection of edited transcripts begins with Not What Should Be, But What Is! In this powerful talk on the contrasts between classical Eastern and traditional Western mythologies, Watts questions whether the image of a divine patriarch is still intellectually plausible in light of our ever growing understanding of the universe. He then takes a revealing look at the mystical origins of Christianity in Jesus - His Religion, Or the Religion About Him? and explores how Christianity has diverged historically from those teachings in a brilliant and well researched critique of the Church. In Democracy in the Kingdom of Heaven Watts then carries his inquiry one step further, and asks if indeed a monarchical religion still makes sense in a democratic society. Watts takes a fascinating look at the ultimately anthropomorphic quality of man's view of his god in Images of Man. Here he is only half kidding when he says that "In the beginning there was Man, and he created God in his image," pointing to the highly subjective nature of our inquiry into the highest orders of reality. In the final chapter, Religion and Sexuality, Watts again looks at organized religion, but with more than a touch of humor as he suggests that churches today are sexual regulation societies, and precious little else. To make this point Watts asks, "How else can you get thrown out?" He then goes on to discuss the social implications of the Church's investment in moral issues, and demonstrates that this may in fact be a ploy to cover up for the lack of any substantial religious teaching in organized religion today
What is Tao by Alan Watts( Book )

16 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In his later years, Alan Watts studied the Tao 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 experience of the essence of Tao." "This book is drawn from his talks on Taoism during this period and from his now famous seminars given at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, near the end of his life." "What Is Tao? is a culmination of a lifetime of study of Taoist arts, including the poetry, calligraphy, and movement arts that have all found their inspiration in the way of the Tao. This book shows us that an understanding of the ancient wisdom of the Tao can have a great impact on our busy lives today."--Jacket
The Tao of philosophy : the edited transcripts by Alan Watts( Book )

11 editions published between 1995 and 2002 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Tao of Philosophy is a literary adaptation of talks selected to introduce the new ""Love of Wisdom"" series 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
Still the mind : an introduction to meditation by Alan Watts( Book )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Taoism : way beyond seeking : the edited transcript by Alan Watts( Book )

2 editions published between 1998 and 2002 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Alan Watts British philosopher, writer and speaker

Alan Watts Brits filosoof

Alan Watts englischer Religionsphilosoph und Priester, Professor und Dekan

Alan Watts filosofo inglese

Alan Watts spisovateľ, kňaz, filozof

Alan Wilson Watts

Alans Votss

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Watts, Alan Esoteriker 1915-1973

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Watts Alan W. 1915-1973

Watts, Alan W. (Alan Wilson), 1915-1973

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Watts, Allen 1915-1973

Wilson Watts, Alan 1915-1973

Алан Вотс англиски филозоф, писател и говорник

Алан Воттс

Алън Уотс

Уотс, Алан

Уотс, Алан 1915-1973

אלאן ווטס

אלן ווטס סופר בריטי

ווטס, אלן וילסון 1915-1973

וטס, אלן וילסון

ألان ويلسون واتس

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와츠, 앨런 1915-1973

와츠, 앨런 W. 1915-1973


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The book; on the taboo against knowing who you arePsychotherapy : East and WestMyth and ritual in ChristianityThe spirit of Zen : a way of life, work and art in the Far EastThe wisdom of insecurityNature, man, and womanTao : the watercourse wayBehold the spirit; a study in the necessity of mystical religion