This Is It: And Other Essays on Zen and Spiritual Experience
ISBN: 0394719042
EAN13: 9780394719047
Language: English
Pages: 158
Format: Paperback
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Six revolutionary essays from the perfect guide for a course correction in life, away from materialism and its empty promise (Deepak Chopra), exploring the relationship between spiritual experience and ordinary life--and the need for them to coexist within each of us. With essays on cosmic consciousness (including Alan Watts' account of his own ventures into this inward realm); the paradoxes of self-consciousness; LSD and consciousness; and the false opposition of spirit and matter, This Is It and Other Essays on Zen and Spiritual Experience is a truly mind-opening collection.
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From the Back Cover The six essays in this volume all deal with the relationship of mystical experience to ordinary life.
From the front Cover The six essays in this volume all deal with the relationship of mystical experience to ordinary life. The title essay on cosmic consciousness includes the author's account of his own ventures into this inward realm. Instinct, Intelligence, and Anxiety is a study of the paradoxes of self-consciousness; Spiritually and Sensuality, a lively discussion of the false opposition of spirit and matter; and The New Alchemy, a balanced account of states of consciousness akin to spiritual experience induced by the aid of lysergic acid. The collection also includes the text of Watts' celebrated pamphlet, Beat Zen, Square Zen, and Zen.

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