Eastern Wisdom, Modern Life: Collected Talks: 1960-1969

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Author: Alan W. Watts

Brand: New World Library

Edition: 1

Binding: Paperback

Number Of Pages: 272

Release Date: 18-08-2006

Details: Product Description Alan Watts introduced millions of Western readers to Zen and other Eastern philosophies, but he’s also recognized as a brilliant commentator on Judeo-Christian traditions as well as a celebrity philosopher who exemplified the ideas — and lifestyle — of the 1960s counterculture. In this compilation of controversial lectures, delivered at American universities throughout the decade, Watts challenges readers to reevaluate Western culture’s most hallowed constructs. Watts treads familiar ground, interpreting Eastern traditions, and also covers new territory, exploring the counterculture’s basis in the ancient tribal and shamanic cultures of Asia, Siberia, and the Americas. In the process, he addresses some of the era’s most important questions: What is the nature of reality? And how does an individual’s relationship to society affect this reality? Filled with his playful, provocative style, the talks show the remarkable scope of a philosopher in his prime, exploring and defining the '60s counterculture as only Alan Watts could. From Booklist Philosopher and author Alan Watts (1915-73) was instrumental in introducing Westerners to Eastern thought. Born in England, Watts studied in the United States, becoming an Episcopalian minister and professor before breaking new intellectual and spiritual ground over the course of writing more than 20 influential books. He was also an exceedingly popular speaker. His Sunday-morning radio program, "Way beyond the West," became one of public radio's longest-running series; he hosted national public television's Eastern Wisdom in Modern Life and was in great demand as a lecturer. A selection of Watts' energetic, provocative, and shibboleth-shattering talks is now in print for the first time, and his arguments remain vital. With disarming candor, intellectual delight, and spiritual acuity, Watts offers frank assessments of the church and keen elucidations of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Taosim. He also explores essential perceptions and contradictions in "Philosophy of Nature," "Mysticism and Morality," and "Religion and Sexuality." In a time of raging fundamentalism, such erudite, witty, and positive inquiries into religion and right action are a balm and a light. Donna Seaman Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved Review "Perhaps the foremost western interpreter of eastern thought for the modern world..." -- -- The New York Times From the Back Cover "Alan Watts begins with scholarship and intellect and proceeds with art and eloquence to the frontiers of the spirit." -- Los Angeles Times

Package Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches

Languages: English