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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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Tao: The Watercourse Way – Alan Watts, Al Chung-liang Huang – Google Books

Views Read Edit View history. That is a very crude kind of order, but when you look at a plant it is perfectly obvious that the plant has order. The Watercourse Way by Alan W. The Watercourse Waythe final work by philosopher Alan Watts, was published posthumously in Goodreads helps you keep waterdourse of books you want to read.

I have been reading different translations of the Tao Te Ching and found some of the chapters difficult to apan. And even without the intellectual reasons, the ideograms themselves are beautiful to see.

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It was the last one he wrote before he died in and it was eventually completed by his good friend Al Huang. It’s a simple difference I wonder why it wasn’t obvious to me beforebut an important one. In addition to being an acclaimed author and philosopher, Dr. Sep 24, Johnny Cordova rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Watercourse Way that Watts passed on before he could finish it.


What else can you do? Tao has order but it is not law. This was my first brush with the work of Alan Watts, and Wwatercourse have to say it was very intriguing.

They all are trying to express the essence of li. Thus, he wqtts more concerned by its contemplative aspect than, what he refers to as ‘Hsien Taoism’ that is, all the metaphysical and religious stuff later added and uselessly burdening it.

Tao: the Watercourse Way

I wish I could give this book Alan’s final and unfinished book [yet perfect in its way] a thousand stars. They are waterckurse book’s only illustrations. Far beyond scholarship, this is nearly as essential as the Tao Te Ching itself. Open Preview See a Problem?

Concerned at the disintegration of primitive Chinese civilization, he sought to restore order by relying on the power of ideas to organize behavior.

When a one experiences oneself and the universe happening together, the other illusion one is liable to have is that it is determined in the sense that what is happening now follows necessarily from what happened in the past. It is very difficult to for me to write this review because, like water, Tao seems to be something so pervasive yet so elusive.

And it is all starting now. Whether you speed through it or not, make time This book is a timeless classic that is both the perfect introduction to Watts and the essential summary of his philosophical exploration.


Tao: The Watercourse Way

If I say this, it excludes that, and I am reduced to silence. This short book five chapters, with a Preface, Bibliography, etc.

Lists with This Book. Li, not causality, is the rationale of the world. So, therefore, the watercourse way is the way of Alsn. 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.

It’s the most frank and light-hearted approach to the subject I’ve yet to run across. There are things in life which are natural like loving, relaxing, qatercourse inspiration.

The first chapter is devoted to Chinese ideograms, which made perfect sense to me.

Now if only i learned Chinese so i could read some of the provided watercoursr material as written. If you would llke to talk or receive audio, please call me!

We recognize at once that is not a mess, but it is not symmetrical and it is not geometrical looking. But Lao-tzu explains that the top position is the most insecure. Lao Tzu said “It could be the mother of everything, I don’t know its name, waterclurse call it Tao. In order to go into Taoism at all, we must begin by being in the frame of mind in which it can be understood.