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. Drawing on ancient and modern sources, Watts treats the Chinese philosophy of Tao in much the same way as he did Zen Buddhism in his classic The Way of. Tao: the watercourse way / [by] Alan Watts ;with the collaboration of Al Chung- liang Huang ; additional calligraphy by Lee Chih-chang Watts, Alan,

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. In the Chinese language this is called li, and the character for li means the markings in jade.

Views Read Edit View history. However you can’t disconnect them from the rest without causing them to be not only non-existent, but to never to have existed at all. Like the soft branches of a tree that is able to survive the strong winds compared to the hard branches that resist and break.

Paperback1st editionpages. No eBook available Amazon. Feb 14, Timothy Covel rated it it was amazing Shelves: I loved his “The way of zen,” although half the time I was lost in his pedantic notes.

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The fact that Lao Tzu did it once should be enough to deter all other interpreters. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

These are self-defensive arts where you always get underneath the opponent, so he falls over you if he attacks you. That people, in their small villages and towns will be able to sort things out.

The Best Quotes From “Tao: The Watercourse Way” By Alan Watts

Only when the human organism fails to achieve an adequate response to its situation is there material for the processes of thought, and the greater the failure the more searching they become Watts was also an Episcopalian minister, professor, graduate-school dean and reasearch fellow of Harvard University.


Because we are part of Tao, and Tao flows through us, we are part of the stream and te is difficult for us to see, understand or describe it objectively. Retrieved from ” https: The first chapter is devoted to Chinese ideograms, which made perfect sense to me. Following the chapter on Chinese ideograms Watts covers four basic principles of Taoism: His audio is widely available online and I am happy to share incredible lectures Wagts have of him speaking to impressive audiences IBM Systems Engineers, Southern Methodist University, and countless other churches, and other places of spiritual focus – always without notes and his velvet voice and classic English accent – not only with sense of humor always intact, but his speaking is never tainted with any verbal crutch nor do I recall him ever repeating the same words – even rarely articulating the same concept.

Or using your opponent’s aggressiveness to fall him as in judo or aikido.

It is the source of everything but it is not their Creator. Oct 11, Frank D’hanis junior rated it really liked it. Sep 24, Johnny rated it it was amazing Shelves: It also means the grain in wood and the fiber in muscle.

I will take some issue with Watts’ dismissal of pranayama and the bulk of yogic practice toward the end, but I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt on this one and sa Wow. Aug 21, GhostKnight rated it it was amazing. And even without the intellectual reasons, the ideograms themselves are beautiful to see. As usual, Watts does an excellent job of bridging eastern and western philosophy while retaining historical context.


I’ve wanted this book for quite some time, but it isn’t sold in the local bookstores. The ato buzz, the audible buzz, the tangible buzz, the smellable buzz– all around the buzz is going on.

This was the last book Alan Watts would write, and, in fact, he died before it was widely released. One can only attune to them and follow the course much like the coursewater. His focus is only on the end result, after the polarity tension in the energy field resolves itself into a harmonious point xlan balance.

You don’t identify the presence of a thought that may be just an image of a passing cloud in your mind’s eye or the passing automobile; they happen. Waetrcourse you have spin, if you know Aikido.

The Best Quotes From “Tao: The Watercourse Way” By Alan Watts

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.

I was glad to read this scholarly work delving into the how, why, and what of the Tao, even if its incompleteness Watts wasn’t able to finish it before his death makes one wish for the “fun and surprises” Watts had hoped to include along with the more academic exploration watecrourse the Tao. If one produces a succinct, logically organized explanation of Tao, one has failed to explain the Tao. You are just plain ignorant, but still very much alive, and in this state you just feel what is without calling it anything at all.