The Wisdom of Insecurity Book
Score: 4
From 15 Ratings

The Wisdom of Insecurity


  • Author : Alan Watts
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2011-11-16
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307809865

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The Wisdom of Insecurity Excerpt :

Alan Watts is "the perfect guide for a course correction in life, away from materialism and its empty promise" (Deepak Chopra). Here he shows us how—in an age of unprecedented anxiety—we must embrace the present and live fully in the now in order to live a fulfilling life. Spending all our time trying to anticipate and plan for the future and to lamenting the past, we forget to embrace the here and now. We are so concerned with tomorrow that we forget to enjoy today. Drawing from Eastern philosophy and religion, Alan Watts shows that it is only by acknowledging what we do not—and cannot—know that we can learn anything truly worth knowing. “Perhaps the foremost interpreter of Eastern disciplines for the contemporary West, Watts had the rare gift of ‘writing beautifully the unwritable.’” —Los Angeles Times

The Wisdom of Insecurity Book
Score: 4
From 17 Ratings

The Wisdom of Insecurity


  • Author : Alan Watts
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2011-02-08
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Pages : 162
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307741202

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The Wisdom of Insecurity Excerpt :

Acclaimed philosopher Alan Watts shows us how—in an age of unprecedented anxiety—we can find fulfillment by embracing the present and living more fully in the now. He is "the perfect guide for a course correction in life" (from the Introduction by Deepak Chopra). The brain can only assume its proper behavior when consciousness is doing what it is designed for: not writhing and whirling to get out of present experience, but being effortlessly aware of it. Alan Watts draws on the wisdom of Eastern philosophy and religion in this timeless and classic guide to living a more fulfilling life. His central insight is more relevant now than ever: when we spend all of our time worrying about the future and lamenting the past, we are unable to enjoy the present moment—the only one we are actually able to inhabit. Watts offers the liberating message that true certitude and security come only from understanding that impermanence and insecurity are the essence of our existence. He highlights the futility of endlessly chasing moving goalposts, whether they consist of financial success, stability, or escape from pain, and shows that it is only by acknowledging what we do not know that we can learn anything truly worth knowing. In The Wisdom of Insecurity, Watts explains complex concepts in beautifully simple terms, making this the kind of book you can return to again and again for comfort and insight in challenging times. “Perhaps the foremost interpreter of Eastern disciplines for the contemporary West, Watts had the rare gift of ‘writing beautifully the unwritable.’” —Los Angeles Times

Wisdom Of Insecurity Book
Score: 4
From 14 Ratings

Wisdom Of Insecurity


  • Author : Alan W Watts
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2012-08-31
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 9781448147991

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Wisdom Of Insecurity Excerpt :

'A revelatory classic' Maria Popova 'A spiritual polymath, the first and possibly greatest' Deepak Chopra What we have forgotten is that thoughts and words are conventions, and that it is fatal to take conventions too seriously Too often we fall into the trap of anticipating the future while lamenting the past and in the midst of this negative loop we forget how to live in the now. In this iconic and prescient text, pioneering Zen scholar Alan Watts shows us how, in an age of unprecedented anxiety, we must embrace the present in order to live a fulfilling life.

The Age of Anxiety Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

The Age of Anxiety


  • Author : W. H. Auden
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2011-02-27
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 194
  • ISBN 10 : 9780691138152

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The Age of Anxiety Excerpt :

Originally published: New York: Random House, 1947.

Become What You Are Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Become What You Are


  • Author : Alan Watts
  • Publisher : Shambhala Publications
  • Release Date : 2018-04-03
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9781611805796

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Become What You Are Excerpt :

Renowned lecturer and author Alan Watts presents his meditations on the dilemma of seeking your true self. In this collection of writings, Alan Watts displays the intelligence, playfulness of thought, and simplicity of language that has made him so perennially popular as an interpreter of Eastern thought for Westerners. Drawing on a variety of religious traditions, he presents the dilemma of seeking your true self—to “become what you are.” Once called “the godfather of Zen in America,” Watts also covers topics such as the challenge of seeing one’s life “just as it is,” the Taoist approach to harmonious living, the limits of language in the face of ineffable spiritual truth, and psychological symbolism in Christian thought. This book is part of the Shambhala Pocket Library series. The Shambhala Pocket Library is a collection of short, portable teachings from notable figures across religious traditions and classic texts. The covers in this series are rendered by Colorado artist Robert Spellman. The books in this collection distill the wisdom and heart of the work Shambhala Publications has published over 50 years into a compact format that is collectible, reader-friendly, and applicable to everyday life.

In My Own Way Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

In My Own Way


  • Author : Alan Watts
  • Publisher : New World Library
  • Release Date : 2011-02-09
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9781577319931

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In this new edition of his acclaimed autobiography — long out of print and rare until now — Alan Watts tracks his spiritual and philosophical evolution. A child of religious conservatives in rural England, he went on to become a freewheeling spiritual teacher who challenged Westerners to defy convention and think for themselves. Watts's portrait of himself shows that he was a philosophical renegade from early on in his intellectual life. Self-taught in many areas, he came to Buddhism through the teachings of Christmas Humphreys and D. T. Suzuki. Told in a nonlinear style, In My Own Way combines Watts's brand of unconventional philosophy with wry observations on Western culture and often hilarious accounts of gurus, celebrities, and psychedelic drug experiences. A charming foreword by Watts's father sets the tone of this warm, funny, and beautifully written story. Watts encouraged readers to “follow your own weird” — something he always did himself, as this remarkable account of his life shows.

There Is Never Anything but the Present Book

There Is Never Anything but the Present


  • Author : Alan Watts
  • Publisher : Pantheon
  • Release Date : 2021-12-07
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Pages : 128
  • ISBN 10 : 9780593316030

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There Is Never Anything but the Present Excerpt :

A giftable collection of inspiring, uplifting, and enlightening words of wisdom from one of the most important voices in spirituality and self-help "The perfect guide for a course correction in life." —Deepak Chopra Here is an indispensible treasury of uplifting and enlightening quotations for guidance, support, and spiritual sustenance. In his classic works of philosophy, Alan Watts shared timeless wisdom with readers worldwide. In this book are some of his most thought-provoking words to live by, to reflect upon, and to read for inspiration, knowledge, and growth.

Myth and Ritual In Christianity Book

Myth and Ritual In Christianity


  • Author : Alan Watts
  • Publisher : Beacon Press
  • Release Date : 1971-06-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 292
  • ISBN 10 : 0807013757

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Myth and Ritual In Christianity Excerpt :

“Our main object will be to describe one of the most incomparably beautiful myths that has ever flowered from the mind of man, or from the unconscious processes which shape it and which are in some sense more than man.… This is, furthermore, to be a description and not a history of Christian Mythology.… After description, we shall attempt an interpretation of the myth along the general lines of the philosophia perennis, in order to bring out the truly catholic or universal character of the symbols, and to share the delight of discovering a fountain of wisdom in a realm where so many have long ceased to expect anything but a desert of platitudes.” —from the Prologue

The Fish Who Found the Sea Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

The Fish Who Found the Sea


  • Author : Alan Watts
  • Publisher : Sounds True
  • Release Date : 2020-07-14
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN 10 : 9781683642909

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The Fish Who Found the Sea Excerpt :

A rediscovered treasure for a new generation: the first and only story for children ever written by Alan Watts. Alan Watts, beloved for bringing a childlike wonder to the spiritual journey, once wrote a story for children. The Fish Who Found the Sea brings this delightful and wise parable to life for a new generation. Presented with new art from award-winning illustrator Khoa Le, here is a story as timely as it is entertaining—sharing a key message about getting into harmony with the flow of life. In this tale of a tail, we meet a fish with a curiously familiar problem—he’s gotten himself so mixed up that he spends all his time chasing himself in circles! Only the Great Sea knows how to help our poor fish get out of the mess he’s created with his own runaway thoughts. Here is a parable that perfectly captures the wit and wisdom that have made Alan Watts a timeless teacher we will never outgrow.

The Book Book
Score: 4
From 16 Ratings

The Book


  • Author : Alan Watts
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 1989-08-28
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 169
  • ISBN 10 : 9780679723004

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A revelatory primer on what it means to be human, from "the perfect guide for a course correction in life" (Deepak Chopra)—and a mind-opening manual of initiation into the central mystery of existence. At the root of human conflict is our fundamental misunderstanding of who we are. The illusion that we are isolated beings, unconnected to the rest of the universe, has led us to view the “outside” world with hostility, and has fueled our misuse of technology and our violent and hostile subjugation of the natural world. To help us understand that the self is in fact the root and ground of the universe, Watts has crafted a revelatory primer on what it means to be human—and a mind-opening manual of initiation into the central mystery of existence. In The Book, Alan Watts provides us with a much-needed answer to the problem of personal identity, distilling and adapting the Hindu philosophy of Vedanta.

Psychotherapy East   West Book

Psychotherapy East West


  • Author : Alan Watts
  • Publisher : New World Library
  • Release Date : 2017-01-13
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 210
  • ISBN 10 : 9781608684564

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Psychotherapy East West Excerpt :

Before he became a counterculture hero, Alan Watts was known as an incisive scholar of Eastern and Western psychology and philosophy. In this 1961 classic, Watts demonstrates his deep understanding of both Western psychotherapy and the Eastern spiritual philosophies of Buddhism, Taoism, Vedanta, and Yoga. He examined the problem of humans in a seemingly hostile universe in ways that questioned the social norms and illusions that bind and constrict modern humans. Marking a groundbreaking synthesis, Watts asserted that the powerful insights of Freud and Jung, which had, indeed, brought psychiatry close to the edge of liberation, could, if melded with the hitherto secret wisdom of the Eastern traditions, free people from their battles with the self. When psychotherapy merely helps us adjust to social norms, Watts argued, it falls short of true liberation, while Eastern philosophy seeks our natural relation to the cosmos.

Eastern Wisdom  Modern Life Book

Eastern Wisdom Modern Life


  • Author : Alan Watts
  • Publisher : New World Library
  • Release Date : 2011-02-08
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781577319221

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Eastern Wisdom Modern Life Excerpt :

Alan Watts introduced millions of Western readers to Zen and other Eastern philosophies. But he is 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 that Watts delivered at American universities throughout the sixties, he challenges readers to reevaluate Western culture's most hallowed constructs. Watts treads the familiar ground of interpreting Eastern traditions, but he 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? How does an individual's relationship to society affect this reality? Filled with Watts's playful, provocative style, the talks show the remarkable scope of a philosopher at his prime, exploring and defining the sixties counterculture as only Alan Watts could.

Does It Matter  Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Does It Matter


  • Author : Alan W. Watts
  • Publisher : New World Library
  • Release Date : 2010-09-07
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN 10 : 1577318390

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Does It Matter Excerpt :

This classic series of essays represents Alan Watts's thinking on the astonishing problems caused by our dysfunctional relationship with the material environment. Here, with characteristic wit, a philosopher best known for his writings and teachings about mysticism and Eastern philosophy gets down to the nitty-gritty problems of economics, technology, clothing, cooking, and housing. Watts argues that we confuse symbol with reality, our ways of describing and measuring the world with the world itself, and thus put ourselves into the absurd situation of preferring money to wealth and eating the menu instead of the dinner. With our attention locked on numbers and concepts, we are increasingly unconscious of nature and of our total dependence on air, water, plants, animals, insects, and bacteria. We have hallucinated the notion that the so-called external world is a cluster of objects separate from ourselves, that we encounter it, that we come into it instead of out of it. Originally published in 1972, Does It Matter? foretells the environmental problems that arise from this mistaken mind-set. Not all of Watts's predictions have come to pass, but his unique insights will change the way you look at the world.

Behold the Spirit Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Behold the Spirit


  • Author : Alan Watts
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2011-04-06
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307784339

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Behold the Spirit Excerpt :

"The perfect guide for a course correction in life" (Deepak Chopra) that teaches us how to enjoy a deeper, more meaningful relationship with the spiritual in our present troubled times. Drawing on his experiences as a former priest, Watts skillfully explains how the intuition of Eastern religion—Zen Buddhism, in particular—can be incorporated into the doctrines of Western Christianity, offering a timeless argument for the place of mystical religion in today’s world.

A Beautiful Constraint Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

A Beautiful Constraint


  • Author : Adam Morgan
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2015-01-07
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781118899458

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A Beautiful Constraint Excerpt :

An inspiring yet practical guide for transforming limitations into opportunities A Beautiful Constraint: How to Transform Your Limitations Into Advantages And Why It's Everyone's Business Now is a book about everyday, practical inventiveness, designed for the constrained times in which we live. It describes how to take the kinds of issues that all of us face today—lack of time, money, resources, attention, know-how—and see in them the opportunity for transformation of oneself and one's organization's fortunes. The ideas in the book are based on the authors' extensive work as business consultants, and are brought to life in 35 personal interviews from such varied sources as Nike, IKEA, Unilever, the U.S. Navy, Formula One racecar engineers, public school teachers in California, and barley farmers in South Africa. Underpinned by scientific research into the psychology of breakthrough, the book is a practical handbook full of tools and tips for how to make more from less. Beautifully designed and accessible, A Beautiful Constraint will appeal beyond its core business audience to anyone who needs to find the opportunity in constraint. The book takes the reader on a journey through the mindset, method and motivation required to move from the initial "victim" stage into the transformation stage. It challenges us to: Examine how we've become path dependent—stuck with routines that blind us from seeing opportunity along new paths Ask Propelling Questions to help us break free of those paths and put the most pressing and valuable constraints at the heart of our process Adopt a Can If mentality to answer these questions—focused on "how," not "if" Access the abundance to be found all around us to help transform constraints Activate the high-octane mix of emotions necessary to fuel the tenacity required for success We live in a world of seemingly ever-increasing constraints, driven as much by an overabundance of choices and connections as by a scarcity of time and resou