Out of Your Mind

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Souvenir Press Limited, 2018 - Buddhist philosophy - 192 pages
In order to come to your senses, Alan Watts often said, you sometimes need to go out of your mind. Out of Your Mind brings readers, for the first time, six of this legendary thinker's most engaging teachings on how to break through the limits of the rational mind.Offering answers to generations of spiritual seekers, Alan Watts is the voice for all who search for an understanding of their identity and role in the world.For those both new and familiar with Watts, this book invites us to delve into his favourite pathways out of the trap of conventional awareness:Discover art of the "controlled accident"-what happens when you stop taking your life so seriously and start enjoying it with complete sincerity.Embrace chaos to discover your deepest purpose.How do we come to believe "the myth of myself"-that we are skin-encapsulated egos separate from the world around us-and how to transcend that illusion?Find the miracle that occurs when we stop taking life so seriously.

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Alan Watts was one of the best-known writers of the 1960s and 1970s, and the leading interpreter of Eastern religion and philosophy for Western readers. He published over 25 books, including The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are, The Way of Zen and Tao: The Watercourse Way.He was a philosopher, academic and theologian, who wrote and spoke widely on Asian philosophy and theology. He became a cult figure in the 50s and 60s, lecturing and presenting radio shows in San Francisco and the Bay Area. His ideas especially gained a following in counter-cultural circles, including among the Beat generation. He is best known as an interpreter of Zen Buddhism in particular, and of Indian and Chinese philosophy in general. He was the author of more than twenty books on the philosophy and psychology of religion including Behold the Spirit, The Way of Zen, and Cloud-Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown: A Mountain Journal. He died in 1973.

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