ISBN: 0394718534
EAN13: 9780394718538
Language: English
Pages: 152
Dimensions: 0.6" H x 6.8" L x 4.1" W
Weight: 0.1 lbs.
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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.

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   This simple book has been one of my Bibles for ...
It has been one of my Bibles for over 50 years. The book reveals the essence of Watts' thought and insight which provides a fundamental philosophic grounding wholly compatible with both modern science as well as a spiritual dimension. Though he was the first to introduce the West to Eastern religion, he really breaks rigid boundaries of religion, inviting the reader to discover a natural theology that makes the universe our home.
 
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   Game-changing book of life's unwritten rules.
We're all just curios, trying to figure things out. In "The Age of Enlightenment," Douglas Moore argues that "how did we come to this?" Mr. Shelby said: "I could go on and on. It will change your whole paradigm of thinking. 0 3171616 This is truly revolutionary, and will change the entire paradigm of reading.
 
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   Daughter loved it
My daughter absolutely adores this and carries it everywhere. I will read it because of her positive reviews. Will give my input when i'm done reading it. My daughter has pretty good judgement, too. Yes, I will be reading very soon.
 
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   Full disclosure: I first read this book while traveling ...
Full disclosure I first read this book while traveling through the mountains of Ecuador, tripping on mescaline-filled San Pedro cactus, so my consensus of the book might be a bit biased. However, I have since read this book while not experiencing full death and spiritual unity with all of eternity, and I must say, it has changed the way Iook at the world. There is only one thing that is truly amazing about this universe, and that is YOU.
 
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   Must Read
One of the seminal works of the 20th century, "The Dharma Sutras" is a deeply spiritual and philosophical treatise on the ancient world's most central concepts of buddhism, taoism and hinduism. This is a must read for any philosophy buff.
 
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   Thought evoking
Each re-read increases the value of the book. It's definitely not a typical, shallow how-to book, or Anthony Robbins kind of self-help book. The serious reader will find value in the content. The book is a great opportunity for the reader to find peace and fulfillment in life, Levine said.
 
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   Good read.
In this book, Alan Watts reveals the ancient wisdom of self-awareness. We are not your jobs, family traditions or social constructs, Rumsfeld said. The universe is made up of matter that resides within each of us. The observer is what it observes, Mr. Dhaliwal said.
 
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   Highly recommended
The book is a great read. I couldn't help but feel that reading through this really took me through an experience of my self-hood, my identity, and who I am in comparison to the rest of the universe. Highly recommended.
 
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   A lot of power in this tiny book. I ...
A lot of power in this book, Tunick said. It was a very good introduction to the Buddhist scriptures, and I was asked to read this book for a class project. As soon as I had read the last sentence and closed the book, I walked away with a completely new perspective on the universe we call home.
 
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   Good book but contains outdated language
Certainly not PC by today's standards -- there's a lot of wordsanalogies that made me go KES -- but -- consuming this work as an artifact from a different time, it's truly groundbreaking. I feel it's easy to take for granted the amount of works that have built on top of Alan Watt's interpretations and ideas, but I was still impressed by how forward thinking a book was written in the sixties.
 
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