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New hero; Alan Watts

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This is superb. Must find out more about this Alan Watts character… I’ve been interested in the whole eastern religion thing for a while without really doing much about it. I’ve read a few books (Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance, The tao of physics, Watching the tree…) but not enough to really know what I’m talking about. Buddhism seems pretty cool, except that, somehow, if you’re a “westerner” saying that you are a Buddhist seems to make you look like a prick to other people… Oh well…

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Written by Seamus

July 13, 2007 at 3:43 pm

Posted in philosophy

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  1. Watts is definitely worth checking out, and he provides an excellent introduction to Zen Buddhism and Daoism. He really manages to convey the “spirit” of both movements.

    If you really want to delve into Buddhism, Daoism, etc, however, you’ll want to eventually move beyond Watts and other commentators, like Prisig and Capra. While they all have some key insights, some of their work carries certain “New Age” assumptions and may tell you more about the New Age movement than it does about Zen, etc. This is especially true of Prisig and Capra, although much less so of Watts.

    The Imugi

    July 14, 2007 at 12:50 am


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