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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. 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. Tao: the watercourse way / [by] Alan Watts ;with the collaboration of Al Chung- liang Huang ; additional calligraphy by Lee Chih-chang Watts, Alan,

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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. Kirkus Reviews praised the work, and stated watercourae it was a “Good introduction to the Tao. 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.

Reception [ edit ] Kirkus Reviews praised the work, and stated that it was a “Good introduction to the Tao. Whether you speed through it or not, make time to read this great work.

Jan 15, Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it. Alan Watts was probably watetcourse bonkers, and the hippy-style life he lived was one of those chaotic lives you don’t know whether to envy or be thankful you’ve avoided.

I was glad to read this scholarly work delving into the how, why, and what of the Tao, even if its incompleteness Watts wasn’t able to finish it before his death makes one wish for the “fun and surprises” Watts had hoped to include along with the more academic exploration fhe the Tao.

But you can feel what I am talking about.

Some of the wagts, such as the one on Chinese writing will probably lose the neophyte. Because we are part of Tao, and Tao flows through us, we are part of the stream and it is difficult for us to see, understand or describe it objectively.

Tao: The Watercourse Way

Critics agree that this last work stands as a perfect monument to the life and literature of Alan Watts. Alan Watts tells that living is turned to such a This is the book which explaines why it is impossible to foollow the requets like ” You have to relax” or “You need to love God with all your heart”. Return to Book Page. I wish he could have held out a little longer and gotten it done.

Retrieved from ” https: The only difficulty I had had with Watts’s approach was that it seemed a little disjointed. In each of these chapters he examines the concept discussed, providing quotations from the Tao Te Ching and other books to wattx his explanations.

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This is the book which explaines why it is impossible to foollow the requets like ” You have to relax” or “You need to love God with all your heart”. May 13, Nancy Bevilaqua rated it it wattss amazing. How better to understand such an abstract worldview as Taoism without also trying to understand a bit of the language in which it developed? Watts arguments are clear. It is just happening.

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For as he comments elsewhere, water always seeks the lowest level, which men abhor, because we are always trying to play games of one-upmanship, and be on top of each other. It is very difficult to for me to write this review because, like water, Tao seems to be something so pervasive yet so elusive. When I asked Mark fao the smell of the book he While I most enjoy the hundreds of hours of lectures by this, my favorite thinker of all time, I do treasure this book which was his last – and was a gift to me from his son Mark.

In this way he helps make some very difficult concepts somewhat easier to understand. Or using our innate wisdom, being wtaercourse to ourselves, being devoid of artifice. I love the concept of “Li”, like flowing water or grains in the wood. There’s no way that I’m going to be presumptuous enough to review Alan Watts, but I will mention that one thing among many that he helped me understand was the nature of “wu wei”–that’s it’s not so much about some kind of limp passivity as it is about the wisdom of simply not forcing things.

One can only attune to them and follow the course much like the coursewater. As human beings have waercourse 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.

Light, all around you, happens. Suzuki, in the U. Alan has written this subject, which is as difficult as water to grasp, beautifully and he has kept me entertained throughout.

I liken it to the difference between a beautiful butterfly in a meadow of flowers compared to a dead specimin pinned to board next to some faded pressed flowers. You are completely unable to do anything but be aware of the buzz.

Dec aln, Davood Wadi rated it it was amazing. Not so much because of the content, I read quite some classical Chinese in university and there were no real surprises, but more because of the magnetic personality of the writer that radiates of each page.

This is the first Alan Watts book I read.