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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. This book by Alan Watts was given to me by my mentor before I left the States to live in China. He told me it was one of those books, “you don’t. In order to go into Taoism at all, we must begin by being in the frame of mind Tao means basically “way”, and so “course”; the course of nature. . Alan Watts.

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You don’t try to be aware; you are. If you approach aalan with this wise ignorance, you will see that you are witnessing a happening. Lao Tzu said “It could be the mother of everything, I don’t know its name, and call it Tao.

Moreover, the text supplies a sense of his ebullient spirit behind the revelation of Tao. This is the first book I’ve read that was penned by Watts himself and I was so pleasantly surprised. Watts died in the 70’s while in his late 50’s and he lived on a houseboat in Sausalito harbor near San Francisco he also alna a cabin in the forests just 30 minutes north where he would go for solitude.

Lao-tzu said the way of the functioning of the Tao is “so of itself”; that is to say it is spontaneous. Alan Watts in, The Watercourse Way, has fully hit his stride as a disseminator of eastern thought to western minds–after a lifetime of struggling with the apparent contradictions inherent in this endeavor.

One can only attune to them and follow the course much like the coursewater. Lao-tzu says the basic position is the most powerful, and this we can see at once in Judo, or in Aikido.


His focus is only on the end result, after the polarity tension in the energy field resolves itself into a harmonious point of balance. If you have always struggled to reconcile the attractiveness of an ancient eastern world view with the impossibility of applying its tenets in this place and this time, this is probably your best hope for progress. Light, all around you, happens.

Famous for his research on comparative religion, he was best known as an interpreter and popularizer of Asian philosophies for a Western audience.

For the development of such a technology is not just a matter of the techniques themselves, but of the psychological attitude of the technician. No trivia or quizzes yet. We don’t know what it is we laan aware of, especially when we take it altogether, and there’s this sense of something going on. The Tao is a certain kind of order, and this kind of order is not quite what we call order when we arrange everything geometrically in boxes, or in rows.

Alan Watts is a very, very good writer.

In the patterns of flowing water you will all kind of motifs from Chinese art, immediately recognizable, including the S-curve in the circle of yang-yin. Tao has order but it is not law. Paperback1st editionpages.

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If you shut your eyes, and contemplate reality only with your ears, you will find there is a background of silence, and all sounds are coming out of it. View all 6 comments.

This is a nice introduction to Tao. Looking at this philosophy with the needs and problems of modern civilization in mind, it suggests an attitude to the world which must underlie all our efforts towards alaj ecological “Just as Chinese writing is at least one step closer to nature than ours, so the ancient philosophy of the Tao is of a skillful and intelligent following of the course, current, and grain of natural phenomena— seeing human life as an integral feature of the world process, and not as something alien and opposed to it.


Xlan 29, Josh added it. Or using our innate wisdom, being true to ourselves, being devoid of artifice.

Tao: The Watercourse Way

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The finger pointing to the moon is not the moon, and the Way that can be named is not the eternal Way.

Views Read Edit View history. It also means the grain in wood and the fiber in muscle. He was aware of what he was trying to do: Just as grass grows just because Jan 03, Roger K.

Tao: the Watercourse Way

Chinese calligraphy goes with the flow — if you hesitate or hurry, blemishes follow. But apparently, close to the the times of Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu, Chin Shi Huang Di the first Chin emperor ruled with an rhe first and wanted tge empire to last a thousand years. Dec 08, Davood Wadi rated it it was amazing. Economies and cultures that have coexisted in ecological balance for thousands of years have been disrupted all around the world, with often disastrous results.

No eBook available Amazon. Everybody wants to get to the top of the tree, but then if they do the tree will collapse.