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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Not a book to read right thru, but a great bed side book. Awesome, mind-blowing, effectively powerful and over all a magnificent piece of work. Drawing on ancient and modern sources, Watts treats the Chinese philosophy of Tao in much the same way as watgs did Zen Buddhism in his classic The Way of Zen. Suzuki, in the U. We see those patterns of flow memorialized, as it were, as sculpture in the grain in wood, which is the flow of sap, in marble, in bones, in muscles.

Watts arguments are clear. Lao Tzu said “It could be the mother of everything, Wah don’t know its name, and call it Tao.

Tao: The Watercourse Way by Alan W. Watts

Lao-tzu says, “The scholar learns something every day, the man of Tao unlearns something every day, until he gets back to non-doing. Well, nor does this. Critics agree that this last work stands as a perfect monument to the life and literature of Alan Watts. University Press of America. My library Help Advanced Book Search. If you approach it with this watt ignorance, you will see that you are witnessing a happening.


Tao: The Watercourse Way

The philosophy he loved more than the one he was known for, he intended to get that last chapter in to truly express Tao, in perhaps bittersweet irony he never got to do so, thus furthering the misconception that it is too difficult to “get” Taoism. However you can’t disconnect them from the rest without causing them to be not only non-existent, but to never to have existed at all.

Book ratings by Goodreads. As human beings have to make the gamble of trusting one another in order to have any kind of workable community, we must also take the risk of trimming our sails to the winds of nature. Yin and yang do play off each other, but the pull to the center occurs through violence as well as mutuality. From inside the book. Everybody wants to get aan the top of the tree, but then if they do the tree will collapse.

Watts respectfully stays competent, lightly-gentle, interesting, brief, and what is most important – original. You don’t te that it requires a watcher for something to be watched. Alan Watts has a Western perspective on the material, so in this book he was able In his books he relates his experience to scientific knowledge and to the teachings of Eastern and Western religion and philosophy.

We tye know what it is we are aware of, especially when we take it altogether, and there’s this sense of something going on. This is a profound and worthy work, left tai a teacher to echo and re-echo.


This is the first Alan Watts aaln I read. They are the book’s only illustrations. It also means the grain in wood and the fiber in muscle.

Because Tao is the course, we can also call li the watercourse, and the patterns of li are also the patterns of flowing water. Feb 14, Timothy Covel rated it it was amazing Shelves: Listen to your chattering thoughts as you would listen to the singing of a watercoursw.

As described in Huang’s Preface, Watts had planned two further chapters showing how Taoism could be “medicine for the ills of the West”, but these were unwritten at the time of Watts’ death in There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

A fitting capstone to Watts’ catalog. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. 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.

There’s no way that I’m going to be presumptuous enough to review Alan Watts, but I will mention that one thing among many that he helped me understand was the nature of “wu we Wow–that went quickly. Jan 09, Jim rated it it was amazing Shelves: