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After D.T. Suzuki, Alan Watts stands as the godfather of Zen in America. Often taken to task for inspiring the flimsy spontaneity of Beat Zen, Watts had an undeniably keen understanding of his subject. Nowhere is this more evident than in his 1957 classic The Way of Zen, which has been reissued. Watts takes the reader back to the philosophical foundations of Zen in the conceptual world of Hinduism, follows Buddhism's course through the development of the early Mahayana school, the birth of Zen from Buddhism's marriage with Chinese Taoism, and on to Zen's unique expression in Japanese art and life. As a Westerner, Watts anticipates the stumbling blocks encountered with such concepts as emptiness and no-mind, then illustrates with flawlessly apt examples. Many popular books have been written on Zen since Watts' time, but few have been able to muster the rare combination of erudition and clarity that have kept The Way of Zen in readers' hands decade after decade. --Brian Bruya --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
No one has given such a concise...introduction to the whole history of this Far Eastern development of Buddhist thought as Alan Watts. (Joseph Campbell, author of The Hero with a Thousand Faces)See all Product Description
Having listened to many of Alan Watts lectures prior to reading the book I was not surprised at the clarity of Watts words. Read morePublished on March 12 2013 by Brandon Sider
What I did not realise when ordering this CD was that it is narrated by
Ralph Bloom whose voice is less than compelling, and who speaks far too quickly. Read more
if you are a seeker and wish to achieve satori; stop seeking and let go of that wish...
this book is about dis-learning. YOU cannot learn anything from this great source. Read more
As most of us know, Watts is historically one of the most significant writer's introducing the West to Eastern thought. Read morePublished on Sept. 19 2003
Over a period of time, we have mistaken the map for the territory as depicted in the sciences(Aristotle, Newton, Euclid did a great disservice to the human intellect through their... Read morePublished on Aug. 14 2002 by Malli
I have read Alan Watts now for many years. I used to listen to him on PBS in Berkeley. Watts has a fantastic and interesting style of speaking. Read morePublished on May 16 2002 by James R. Acker
The prolific Alan Watts explains the origin, growth, development, and philosophy of Buddhism in a readable and interesting way. Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2002 by K. Johnson