Tao: The Watercourse Way (Ebook)

Alan Watts

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The last work by Alan Watts, Tao is the culmination of a lifetime's study and thought

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.

Publication date: 20/10/2011

£8.99

ISBN: 9780285640610

Imprint: Souvenir Press

Subject: Philosophy & Ideas

Tao: The Watercourse Way (Paperback)

Alan Watts

The last work by Alan Watts, Tao is the culmination of a lifetime's study and thought

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.

Publication date: 11/07/2019

£9.99

ISBN: 9781788164467

Imprint: Souvenir Press

Subject: Philosophy & Ideas

Reviews for Tao: The Watercourse Way

'Watts begins with scholarship and intellect and proceeds with art and eloquence to the frontiers of the spirit ... This is a profound and worthy work, left by a teacher to echo and re-echo.'

 Los Angeles Times

'Profound, reflective, and enlightening. Moreover, the text supplies a sense of his ebullient spirit behind the revelation of Tao.'

 Boston Globe

'A remarkable book because of Alan Watts's talent for communicating Eastern ways of thought ... This book is a 'must'.'

 Shambhala Review

'Beautifully produced... classic work which examines the Chinese philosophy of Tao, with fine examples of Chinese calligraphy.'

Yoga & Health 

'His writings and recorded talks still shimmer with a profound and galvanizing lucidity'

Erik Davis 

Alan Watts

Alan Watts

Alan Watts published over 25 books, including The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are, The Way of Zen and Tao: The Watercourse Way.

He was a philosopher, academic and theologian, who wrote and spoke widely on Asian philosophy and theology. 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. He died in 1973.

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