Eastern Wisdom: An Introduction to Meditation

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Alan Watts' graceful, entertaining way with words is apparent in this new collection, Eastern Wisdom, which offers three of his best books in one essential volume. What is Zen? is Watt's introduction to this fascinating philosophy, which is a form of Mahayana Buddhism. Drawing on both his scholarship and his own practice of zazen (sitting meditation), he discusses how we can learn to live in the present moment. It is only in the present that we can experience life directly, free of the clutter of needless thought...

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Alan Watts' graceful, entertaining way with words is apparent in this new collection, Eastern Wisdom, which offers three of his best books in one essential volume. What is Zen? is Watt's introduction to this fascinating philosophy, which is a form of Mahayana Buddhism. Drawing on both his scholarship and his own practice of zazen (sitting meditation), he discusses how we can learn to live in the present moment. It is only in the present that we can experience life directly, free of the clutter of needless thought and preconceptions. Watts suggests the ineffable by pointing towards a truly universal spiritual experience: those times when we transcend the self and feel at one with the universe.

What is Tao? is the product of Watts' later life, when he lived in a mountain cabin and devoted himself to meditating and writing on the experience of the essence of Tao. This ancient philosophy is rooted in Asian shamanic traditions, but eventually its ideas permeated Mahayana Buddhism and Zen Buddhism. Watts points outs that" Taoism regards the entire natural world as the operation of the Tao, a process that defies intellectual comprehension." In keeping with his subject, Watts deftly discusses the inexpressible indirectly, using allusions and metaphors.

An Introduction to Meditation is an excellent guide to the philosophy and practice of meditation, a practical activity grounding both Zen and Tao. Watts sees this form of contemplation as a joyful way of coming to one's true self. Once again, he paradoxically and brilliantly uses words to point to an experience beyond language.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641503436
  • Publisher: Fine Communications
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Pages: 122

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Preface xiii
Part I A Simple Way, A Difficult Way 19
Part II Zen Reconsidered 31
Part III Space 61
Part IV Zen Mind 95
About the Author 125
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2002

    Intro to Zen and meditation

    An excellent introduction to the fascinating subjects of meditation, Zen and Tao. There are three books by Alan Watts collected in this single volume. The first book, "What is Zen" draws on both zazen (sitting meditation) and how we can learn to live in teh present moment. It is only in the present that we can experience life directly, free of the clutter and needless thought and preconceptions. Watts suggest the ineffable by pointing towards a truly universal spiritual experience: those times when we transcend the self and feel at one with the universe. Also read "Open Your Mind" by Taro Gold. Excellent.

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