Cloud-hidden, Whereabouts Unknown

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Cloud-hidden, Whereabouts Unknown

Cloud-hidden, Whereabouts Unknown

A Mountain Journal

  • Author: Alan W. Watts
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN: 030780786X
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 224
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Over the course of nineteen essays, Alan Watts ruminates on the philosophy of nature, ecology, aesthetics, religion, and metaphysics. Assembled in the form of a “mountain journal,” written during a retreat in the foothills of Mount Tamalpais, CA, Cloud-Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown is Watts’s meditation on the art of feeling out and following the watercourse way of nature, known in Chinese as the Tao. Embracing a form of contemplative meditation that allows us to stop analyzing our experiences and start living in to them, the book explores themes such as the natural world, established religion, race relations, karma and reincarnation, astrology and tantric yoga, the nature of ecstasy, and much more. From the Paperback edition.

Cloud Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown

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Cloud Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown

Cloud Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown

  • Author: Victoria Rose
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press
  • ISBN: 9781598001150
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 400
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A COMPELLING BLEND OF FACT AND FICTION meant to disturb your ideas of sexuality, religion and our selfish concepts of love. The planet Gareth is being destroyed as three sisters prepare to leave. They agree to travel in one body--Christina's. She takes the soul-spirits of Toni and Josy into herself, reduces her body physics to light waves, travels through space, and arrives via sunbeam in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Former SEAL Mac Dakota, Comanche Indian Hawk, and Sheriff Thomas Day are the chosen men who enjoy the special gifts, abilities, and unique sexual attitudes of these alien women. After obtaining IDs, clothes, and jobs, the sisters decide to use their gifts and shapeshifting abilities to enhance their personal financial situation and at the same time reduce drug trafficking in the small town of Hot Springs. Want to know about life on Gareth? . . . why no governments, no religions, no doctors, hospitals, crime or jails, why all males were hermaphrodites, why their attitudes about sex were/are unique . . . please read this book.

The Conversion Experience in America

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The Conversion Experience in America

The Conversion Experience in America

A Sourcebook on Religious Conversion Autobiography

  • Author: James Craig Holte
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9780313266805
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 228
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This volume provides a sourcebook for the study of American religious conversion narratives. It includes chapters, arranged alphabetically, on 30 significant writers of conversion narratives including early colonial writers, such as Mary Rowlandson, 19th-century women writers, such as Carry Nation, 20th-century social gospel writers, such as Dorothy Day, writers from the age of televangelism, such as Jim Bakker, and writers from outside the mainstream of American culture, such as Frederick Douglass, Eldridge Cleaver, and Piri Thomas. Each entry provides a short biography, discussions of the narrative and the critical response, and a bibliography.

The Freedom House

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The Freedom House

The Freedom House

  • Author: Rick Wallenbrock
  • Publisher: iUniverse
  • ISBN: 0595330924
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 296
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During the tail end of the Vietnam War, the US Army Europe, faced with a large drug problem among soldiers stationed in Germany, opens the Freedom House, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. A group of unforgettable characters are chosen to administer an unorthodox program laced with Zen Buddhism, Taoism and an enigmatic teacher, Duane Baldini, an ex-Marine. Duane brings Christopher Bold on board, a confused college graduate who is trying to find his own way against the legacy and the background of the turbulent and revolutionary period of the late sixties. Christopher is confronted by the universal struggle with dualities--the mind vs. the body, the head vs. the heart, "them" vs. "us" in his attempt to find the road to himself. He also is confronted by First Sgt. Ron Slade, a career Army man, whose "real" world experience clashes with the "new age" teaching and antics of both Duane and Christopher. The result is a story that is funny, poignant, and fascinating in its portrayal of a young man on a journey to find himself against the tragedy of war, strife, a torn nation and the comedy of a M.A.S.H.-like military environment.

Out of Your Mind

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Out of Your Mind

Out of Your Mind

  • Author: Alan Watts
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780285644083
  • Category:
  • Page: N.A
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It was essential to Alan Watts' philosophy that in order to come to your senses, you sometimes need to go out of your mind. Out of Your Mind immerses the reader in six of Alan Watts' most engaging teachings on how to break through the limits of the rational mind and expand your awareness and appreciation for the life unfolding all around us. Escape the trap of conventional thought through the art of the 'controlled accident' -- what happens when you stop taking your life so seriously and start enjoying it with complete sincerity. Fully embrace chaos and the void in order to find our deepest purpose.

Alan Watts–Here and Now

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Alan Watts–Here and Now

Alan Watts–Here and Now

Contributions to Psychology, Philosophy, and Religion

  • Author: Peter J. Columbus,Donadrian L. Rice
  • Publisher: SUNY Press
  • ISBN: 1438442017
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 263
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Considers the contributions and contemporary significance of Alan Watts. Alan Watts—Here and Now explores the intellectual legacy and continuing relevance of a prolific writer and speaker who was a major influence on American culture during the latter half of the twentieth century. A thinker attuned to the spiritual malaise affecting the Western mind, Watts (1915–1973) provided intellectual and spiritual alternatives that helped shape the Beat culture of the 1950s and the counterculture of the 1960s. Well known for introducing Buddhist and Daoist spirituality to a wide Western audience, he also wrote on psychology, mysticism, and psychedelic experience. Many idolized Watts as a guru-mystic, yet he was also dismissed as intellectually shallow and as a mere popularizer of Asian religions (the “Norman Vincent Peale of Zen”). Both critical and appreciative, this edited volume locates Watts at the forefront of major paradigmatic shifts in Western intellectual life. Contributors explore how Watts’s work resonates in present-day scholarship on psychospiritual transformation, Buddhism and psychotherapy, Daoism in the West, phenomenology and hermeneutics, humanistic and transpersonal psychology, mysticism, and ecofeminism, among other areas.

Tao: the Watercourse Way

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Tao: the Watercourse Way

Tao: the Watercourse Way

  • Author: ALAN. WATTS
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781788164467
  • Category:
  • Page: 160
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Following Alan Watts' acclaimed book on Zen Buddhism The Way of Zen, he tackles the Chinese philosophy of Tao. The Tao is the way of man's cooperation with the natural course of the natural world. Alan Watts takes the reader through the history of Tao and its interpretations by key thinkers such as Lao-Tzu, author of the Tao Te Ching. Watts goes on to demonstrate how the ancient and timeless Chinese wisdom of Tao promotes the idea of following a life lived according to the natural world and goes against our goal-oriented ideas by allowing time to quiet our minds and observe the world rather than imposing ourselves on it. By taking in some of the lessons of Tao, we can change our attitude to the way we live. 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 Zen. Including an introduction to the Chinese culture that is the foundation of the Tao, this is one of Alan Watts' best-loved works.

The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

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The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

  • Author: Alan Watts
  • Publisher: Souvenir Press
  • ISBN: 0285640127
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 176
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We are therefore in urgent need of a sense of our own existence, which is in accord with the physical facts and which over comes our feeling of alienation from the universe. In The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are, Alan Watts asks what causes the illusion of the self as a separate ego, housed in a bag of skin, which confronts a universe of physical objects that are alien to it. Rather, a person's identity (their ego) binds them to the physical universe, creating a relationship with their environment and other people. The separation of the self and the physical world leads to the misuse of technology and the attempt to violently subjugate man's natural environment, leading to its destruction. Explaining man's role in the universe as a unique expression of the total universe, and interdependent on it, Alan Watts offers a new understanding of personal identity. It reveals the mystery of existence, presenting an alternative to the feelings of alienation that are so prevalent in Western society, and a vision of how we can come to understand the cosmic self that is within every living thing. The foremost Western expert on Eastern thought, Alan Watts urges against the idea that we are separate from the world. Nowhere is this idea more apparent than in the concept of cultural taboos. The biggest taboo of all is knowing who we really are behind the mask of our self as presented to the world. Through our focus on ourselves and the world as it affects us, we have developed narrowed perception. Alan Watts tells us how to open our eyes and see ourselves not as coming into the world but from it. Alan Watts takes us through our daily lives, explaining how our goal-oriented selves leave something missing. In tackling technology and consumerism from the 1960s, Alan Watts demonstrates ways of thinking that have become increasingly urgent in the time since The Book was first published. In our increasingly adversarial times, The Book offers a way out of conflict by reckoning first with who we are before defining us against others. Alan Watts overturns the illusion that individuals are merely 'egos' contained within their bodies who are separate from the rest of the universe. Drawing on the Vedanta religion, Alan Watts explains how a person's identity makes them the centre of the universe, and outlines that the universe has meaning only if each individual places himself at the centre of it.The separation of the Self from the physical universe has led to Mankind's hostile attitude to the environment, and a destructive attitude to Nature. In coming to understand the individual's real place in the universe, Alan Watts presents a critique of Western culture and a healing alternative.

Does It Matter?

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Does It Matter?

Does It Matter?

Essays on Man s Relation to Materiality

  • Author: Alan W. Watts
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • ISBN: 9781577318392
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 144
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This classic series of essays represents Alan Watts's thinking on the astonishing problems caused by our dysfunctional relationship with the material environment. Here, with characteristic wit, a philosopher best known for his writings and teachings about mysticism and Eastern philosophy gets down to the nitty-gritty problems of economics, technology, clothing, cooking, and housing. Watts argues that we confuse symbol with reality, our ways of describing and measuring the world with the world itself, and thus put ourselves into the absurd situation of preferring money to wealth and eating the menu instead of the dinner. With our attention locked on numbers and concepts, we are increasingly unconscious of nature and of our total dependence on air, water, plants, animals, insects, and bacteria. We have hallucinated the notion that the so-called external world is a cluster of objects separate from ourselves, that we encounter it, that we come into it instead of out of it. Originally published in 1972, Does It Matter? foretells the environmental problems that arise from this mistaken mind-set. Not all of Watts's predictions have come to pass, but his unique insights will change the way you look at the world.

A Dolphin in the Woods Composite Translation, Paraversing & Distilling Prose

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A Dolphin in the Woods Composite Translation, Paraversing & Distilling Prose

A Dolphin in the Woods Composite Translation, Paraversing & Distilling Prose

  • Author: Robin D. Gill
  • Publisher: Paraverse Press
  • ISBN: 0984092315
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 248
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Readings combined into a single cluster to English Japanese poems of Joycean density untranslatable as single poems came to be called composite translations. While this book essays the translation of poetry and glances at other books of multiple translation, it is mostly an exhibition of the art not only intended for serious students or scholars of translation but all word-lovers. While the author hates how to books, writing the last chapter, he came to realize that not only translators, but monolingual readers who find it hard to compose poems or do not know how to get other people to do so, might find it instructive. He dreams of millions of people working out their own poems - or variations on others' work - rather than crossword puzzles. A crossword solved ends up in the trash; with a poem, you can have your cake and not only eat it, too, but serve it up for others to eat.--amazon.com.