The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing who You are

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Souvenir Press Limited, 2009 - Self - 163 pages
Alan Watts offers a new understanding of personal identity. It presents an alternative to the feelings of alienation that is prevalent in Western society, and a vision of how we can come to understand the cosmic self that is within every living thing. Offering spiritual answers to all who seek a deeper understanding of themselves.

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User Review  - zen-potato - LibraryThing

The book under review is the Collier paperback, c. 1966, 150 pages. The hippie generation of the 1960's represented change and experimentation in contrast to the older generations that obediently ... Read full review

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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

This was my introduction to Watts, and I wish I'd read one of his other books first. Nevertheless, it stands as a good book about "breaking through." Read full review

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Alan Watts was central in introducing Eastern philosophical and religious thought to Western readers. He was a philosopher, academic and theologian, who wrote and spoke widely on Asian philosophy and theology. He became a cult figure in the 60s and 70s, lecturing and presenting radio shows in San Francisco and the Bay Area. His ideas especially gained a following in counter-cultural circles, including among the Beat generation. He is best known as an interpreter of Zen Buddhism in particular, and of Indian and Chinese philosophy in general. He was the author of more than twenty books on the philosophy and psychology of religion including Behold the Spirit, The Way of Zen, and Cloud-Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown: A Mountain Journal. He died in 1973.

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