The Book

The Book

On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

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Alan Watts asks what is the cause of the illusion that the self is a separate ego, housed in a bag of skin, and 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
Publisher: New York :, Vintage Books, a division of Random House, Inc.,, 1989
Edition: Vintage Books edition
Copyright Date: ©1966
ISBN: 9780679723004
Branch Call Number: 128.3 WAT
Characteristics: x, 163 pages ; 21 cm


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Mar 28, 2018

I've been going back and reading some books that had a big impact on me when I was in high school and Alan Watts was one of my biggest influences. Having re-read this book for the first time since 1975 I can see why it was such an eye opener. It was the first book I read on Eastern philosophy and it is definitely quite thought provoking. The Book focuses on a school of Hinduism called Advaita Vedanta which teaches that the true self (Atman) is identical with the ultimate reality (Brahman). This is also called non-duality. Watts discusses the philosophical implications of this philosophy without getting into Hindu culture or religious practice. It is very well written and lucid. I recommend it as an introduction to Eastern thought.

Feb 22, 2010

My favourite work by Alan Watts without question and an ideal book to pique one's interest about Buddhism and Eastern religion/philosophy. Concise and focused but still retains the humour and charisma that make him so memorable.

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Jul 08, 2017

Changes life perception of reality,

Book is explained in rational manner, well crafted

Will help in all aspects of life, be it guidance, improvement, and health.

The foundation of the book is, infinity of the universe within us, and the reflection of yourself to it

To realize the harmony of nature is within us all

Realize that the smallest aspect of any building component, and what it builds up to, likewise the infinite threads of fate woven to craft the point of life of what you are now

I simplify it for myself, the universe, is an explanation of itself, trying to figure itself out


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