The Way of Liberation: Essays and Lectures on the Transformation of the Self

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Weatherhill, 1983 - Philosophy - 98 pages
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Alan Watts helped shape the thinking of a generation through his efforts to introduce and interpret Asian wisdom in the West. This collection of essays and lectures spans his career, from his first essay on Zen Buddhism in 1955 to his final seminar, given only weeks before he died in 1973. The last essay The Practice of Meditation is written and illustrated in his own hand.

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A beautiful and simple exploration of truth. Alan Watts speaks with humour and groundedness that penetrates. A good read for the new or the experienced traveller.

Contents

Are They in Necessary
23
The Relevance of Oriental Philosophy
39
The Tangles
55
Copyright

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About the author (1983)

Alan Watts was born in England in 1915 and received his early education at King's School, Canterbury. He received a master's degree from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Illinois and an honorary doctorate of divinity from the University of Vermont. He wrote his first book, The Spirit of Zen, at the age of twenty and went on to write over twenty other books including The Way of Zen, The Book, and Tao: The Watercourse Way, which though never fully completed was published after the author's death and introduced thousands of readers to Taoist thought.
In addition to being an acclaimed author and philosopher, Dr. Watts was also an Episcopalian minister, professor, graduate-school dean and reasearch fellow of Harvard University. By the early 1960s, he moved to Sausolito, California, and held seminars and lectures throughout the United States. Alan Watts died in 1973.

Watts is the founder and head of the Watts Foundation, an organization dedicated to furthering the teachings of Alan Watts.

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