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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So li means then the order of flow, the wonderful dancing pattern of liquid, because Lao-tzu likens Tao to water: I agree indeed to say that all these asides alchemy and other exercises to reach ‘immortality’ even contradict the basic teaching of its classical roots, found for instance in the ‘Tao Te Ching’.

The visual buzz, the audible buzz, the tangible buzz, the smellable buzz– all around the buzz is going on.

Tao: the Watercourse Way

To ask other readers questions about Taoplease sign up. It is a desireless suppression. Alan Watts acknowledged the irony of him talking and writing about Tao but explained that it was his way of trying to grasp what it is.

Because Tao is the course, we can also call li the watercourse, and the patterns of li are also the patterns of flowing water. If I say this, it excludes that, and I am reduced to silence. Sep 24, Johnny Cordova rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jan 14, Bob Miller aatts it really liked it. This puts skeptics in their place. If you approach it with this wise ignorance, you will see that you are witnessing a happening.


Listen to your chattering thoughts as you would listen to the singing of a kettle.

He died in If you would llke to talk or receive audio, please call me! A quick read that allows a deeper understanding of Taoism by interpreting its primary texts of Lao tzu and chuang tzu through a western author’s perception.

Alan Watts tells that living is turned to such a process by wise men of the East who eat when they are hungry, urinate when they need to pee, and go to bed when they are sleepy. Sep 09, Jonathan K rated it it was amazing. Suzuki, in the U. In other words, just go with the flow.

Read, highlight, fao take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. I am just beginning to grasp a little of a beautiful and mysterious thing and will let nature, my kammic call or my destiny to lead me to those ah-ha moments when I can experience Tao in my heart and my being, without words to describe it. I love you Alan Watts. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive?


I read a borrowed copy, but this is definitely one I’d like to add to my personal collection and will probably re-read throughout the years.

Watts was also an Episcopalian minister, professor, graduate-school dean and reasearch fellow of Harvard University. Pantheon Books- Chinese language – pages. But this path is not to be associated with inertia, passivity or a laissez faire way but needs to be approached with intelligence and alertness.

Tao: The Watercourse Way

When I asked Mark about the smell of the book he told me that it had come from a box of the books which were on his boat Preview — Tao by Alan W. University Press of America. Sep 20, Rick Harper rated it it was amazing.

Books by Alan W. When action satisfies there is no residue to hold the attention; to think is to confess a lack of adjustment which we must stop to consider. I’d give a lot to have been able to spend an hour or two with the man.

If I say here it is, that excludes what isn’t, like space. Apr 27, Harish Venkatesan rated it really liked ta. I wish he could have held out a little longer and gotten it done.