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Still the Mind: An Introduction to Meditation [Paperback]

Alan Watts , Mark Watts
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Feb. 1 2002 Introduction to Meditation
During the last decade of his life, Alan Watts lectured across the country on the relevance of Eastern thought to contemporary Western culture. Drawing from his numerous journals and audiotapes, his son Mark has compiled Still the Mind. Part One begins with "Out of This World," in which Watts shows that inner wisdom grows naturally. Part Two charts the path of soulful contemplation with "The Philosophy of Meditation." Part Three, "Contemplative Ritual," leads the reader into a variety of meditation practices.
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Meditation guru Alan Watts was recorded in the 1970s giving talks on emptying the mind of worry, stress, and guilt. With eloquent yet spontaneous, practical language, the author says real living is possible when we attend to the moments between thoughts, the moments we usually fill with clutter. This emotional busyness stems from the illusion that we have important responsibilities--that things will fall apart without our constant attention. By accepting a more humble place in the universe, we become more fully interactive with the energy of the universe and become a more effective channel for what it wants us to do. Watts's work is a marvelous and historically significant chapter in the development of American Buddhism and the meditative life. T.W. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars the best July 23 2003
Format:Hardcover
Alan Watts was popular about thirty years ago...and still he is untouchable in the arena of those who transmute for Westerners a deep yet very realizable understanding of the mystical path. Think Jung and Campbell - timeless messengers of higher truth.
This is no highbrow philosophizing for so-called "adepts." This is the best combination of common person-meets-Zen approach I have encountered.
Works well in conjunction with "Undoing Yourself With Energized Meditation and Other Devices" by Christopher Hyatt: both are edgy, at least slightly more hip approaches - that better account for the integral elements of humor and happenstance - than other works on the subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sound Meditation April 12 2002
STILL THE MIND, cassette version, uses Alan Watts' grace and good humor as an aid to teaching meditation. On Side A, his major ideas are presented with emphasis on "What is meditation?", "Why should I do it?" and "How is meditation carried out?".
Side B is concerned with the practical aspects of meditation; but always referring the practical back to theory. After some thoughts on breathing and posture, Alan Watts progresses to his main technique--the use of sound. In a comment made more than 30yrs. ago, he points out that the abudance of professional music has caused us to lose confidence in our melodic (spiritual) voices. He restablishes this confidence through a unique "free-form" mantra, which can be used by an individual or in a group. Finally he uses these experiments in sound to form the basis of "deep listening", effectively bringing the focus back to his starting thesis.
Mark Watts has done an excellent job of editing his father's material, seamlessly combineing segments into a coherent whole, without the use of commentary or musical intervals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars life changing March 24 2001
Format:Hardcover
Alan watts is a brilliant writer and this book is nothing short of extraordinary. It is a compilation of speeches and seminars the late Alan Watts gave during his lifetime. I read the book knowing little about Zen, but found after reading it that I always knew. That is the beauty of Zen. We have always known the truth - there is a better way to live - only we have been socialized to feel as though we are seperate and need to conquer something or everything. Mr. Watts points out that this is a fallacy and that there is no need to feel seperate. Instead, he offers that we are a part of one organism and there is no need to conquer. Life is just being in the moment. This book really has made a difference for me.
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