Slowly, without distractions or interruptions. I was looking for some books about Zen online. There are ridiculous numbers of specialty magazines out there, but I can't keep up. I think that it takes a curiosity that takes time and effort to satisfy, two things that most people find in short supply in their lives, and the media makes sure that you don't get them back. Mother was a member of the Lutheran Church by birth as are all Norwegians unless they sign out of the state religion.
One simply learns to stop looking and experiences Zen. It's casual and approachable, but still serious. Still I decided to give it a go: the book was thin and I had nothing to do but watch the Ganges flow while sipping my lemon ginger tea. The book comprises several essays about Zen, and would serve as a commentary to those who are already familiar with Zen practice. In this respect it's unlike almost all other things we do except perhaps making music and dancing.
I found my mind positively thrilled to figure out the answers to the many questions the author put down. He is not precipitate or hurried in action,, but simply continuous. Many of these ideas I had gathered from YouTube video posts. My brother Fin and I were free to do whatever we wanted as regards religions. Also, when we are dancing we are not great zen insights. Indeed, the evangelicals seemed to be generally pretty ignorant. If that were the purpose of music then obviously the fastest players would be the best.
Watts expounds on one of the central tenets of his philosophy, one that is consistent with scientific understanding; specifically, that the observer and observed are mutually interdependent and form a unified experience. In this respect it's unlike almost all other things we do except perhaps making music and dancing. Nearly a century later, Albert Einstein showed that light comes in quanta, or particles, and the experiment became key to a fierce debate between Einstein and Niels Bohr over the nature of reality. An avid lecturer, Watts appeared regularly on the radio and hosted the popular television series, Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life,in the 1960s. Now to read some books. I can concentrate on the meaning of the words, rather than the deciphering of symbols on the page. Not sure how I would find it now.
As it, and kindred movements in Buddhism, was anti-metaphysical, my usual arguments weren't applicable. And if there's no such place, then does the universe split into two each time a particle goes through the double slit? So, too, my brother attended a Greek Orthodox Sunday school with his best friend for a while. It was time to chide myself. Watts expounds on one of the central tenets of his philosophy, one that is consistent with scientific understanding; specifically, that the observer and observed are mutually interdependent and form a unified experience. Once we even had some sort of truncated mass celebrated in the living room.
Watts was the author of some twenty books on the philosophy and psychology of religion that have been published in many languages throughout the world, including the bestselling The Way of Zen. This is a collection of essays, not chapters in a novel. I enjoy how he makes an effort to explain his argument in detail on various concepts within Taoism and Zen Buddhism that are usually difficult to grasp, and provides ample evidence and personal experiences to illustrate his points. Famous for his research on comparative religion, he was best known as an interpreter and popularizer of Asian philosophies for a Western audience. This is Alan Watts both as spiritual explorer and academic.
Instinct, Intelligence, and Anxiety 3. When we dance, the journey itself is the point, as when we play music the playing itself is the point. Such a man is likened to a ball in a mountain stream, which is to say that he cannot be blocked, stopped, or embarrassed in any situation. Such a man is likened to a ball in a mountain stream, which is to say that he cannot be blocked, stopped, or embarrassed in any situation. Does a particle exist before we look at it, or does the very act of looking create reality? It's casual and approachable, but still serious.
With this, Alan Watts becomes my favorite philosopher since Heraclitus You can't step into the same river twice and Epicurus The aim of life is to enjoy it. It's my next serious read. Many of these ideas I had gathered from YouTube video posts. I have listened to many combined hours of his recorded lectures. My brother Fin and I were free to do whatever we wanted as regards religions. Square Zen and Zen; Spirituality and Sexuality; The New Alchemy. And exactly the same thing is true in meditation.
Watts is likely the best teacher I've listened to and read, except possibly Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche: both have the projection of charismatic presence and mastery of words to hold one in awe, while allowing you to float in some other sphere beyond the words or the presence of the teacher. Personally, what has a Watts always impresses me with the fearlessness of his tone. Yup, this was a bit heavy. It's not comprehensive or a how-to or anything like that. His thoughts are deep and the text is dense. Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment.