The Way of Zen

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Vintage Books, Jan 1, 1999 - Philosophy - 236 pages
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Alan Watts was one of the great teachers and philosophers of our time, and forty years after its first appearance his classic study The Way of Zen continues to make Western readers far more aware of, and responsive to, the richness of Zen Buddhism and its place within the context and variety of Eastern religion.

Of equal interest to the general reader and the serious student, The Way of Zen explores the origins and the history of Zen, then goes on to discuss its principles and practice, and its application to art and life. Watts saw Zen as "one of the most precious gifts of Asia to the world", and with his erudition and his infectious passion for the subject he made that gift wonderfully accessible. The Way of Zen is a definitive, and invaluable, overview.

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Great introduction to Zen! - Goodreads
It's too bad that Watts had such a tragic ending. - Goodreads
Surprisingly easy to read - Goodreads
A clear and simple introduction. - Goodreads
... or maybe it's just a great overview. - Goodreads
Fantastic introduction to Zen. It left me wanting more. - Goodreads
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Very tough read for me, just because of the subject matter. It was pretty mind-boggling. However, it seems like a well-researched introduction to zen. Read full review


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Alan W. Watts, who held both a master's degree in theology and a doctorate of divinity, is best remembered as an interpreter of Zen Buddhism in particular, and of Indian and Chinese philosophy in general. 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. Watts was the author of some twenty books on the philosophy and psychology of religion that have been published in many languages throughout the world, including the bestselling The Way of Zen. An avid lecturer, Watts appeared regularly on the radio and hosted the popular television series, Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life,in the 1960s. He died in 1973.

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