This Is It: and Other Essays on Zen and Spiritual Experience

This Is It: and Other Essays on Zen and Spiritual Experience

by Alan Watts

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Overview

Six revolutionary essays from "the perfect guide for a course correction in life, away from materialism and its empty promise" (Deepak Chopra), exploring the relationship between spiritual experience and ordinary life—and the need for them to coexist within each of us.

With essays on “cosmic consciousness” (including Alan Watts’ account of his own ventures into this inward realm); the paradoxes of self-consciousness; LSD and consciousness; and the false opposition of spirit and matter, This Is It and Other Essays on Zen and Spiritual Experience is a truly mind-opening collection.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780394719047
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/12/1973
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 162,427
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Alan W. 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. Standing apart, however, from sectarian membership, he has earned the reputation of being one of the most original and “unrutted” philosophers of the twentieth century. Watts was the author of some twenty books on the philosophy and psychology of religion that have been published in many languages throughout the world, including the bestselling The Way of Zen. An avid lecturer, Watts appeared regularly on the radio and hosted the popular television series, Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life,in the 1960s. He died in 1973.

Table of Contents

Preface

1.)  This Is IT
2.)  Instinct, Intelligence, and Anxiety
3.)  Zen and the Problem of Control
4.)  Beat Zen, Square Zen, and Zen
5.)  Spirituality and Sensuality
6.)  The New Alchemy

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