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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Tao: The Watercourse Way

Nov 12, Olga Teslenko rated it it was amazing. I loved his “The way of zen,” although half the time I was lost in his pedantic notes.

This short book five chapters, with a Preface, Bibliography, etc. We could say, too, that clouds have li, marble has li, the human body has li. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. That is the world, that is the Tao, but perhaps that makes us feel afraid. As human beings have to make the gamble of trusting one another in order to have any kind of workable community, we must also take the risk of trimming our sails to the watercoourse of nature.

We distinguish between what is orderly and what is random, but of course we don’t really know what randomness is. Alan Watts died in If you wish to read more than one book on Taoism, however, this one should definitely be on your list. Well, nor does this. Te Tao is the course, we can also call li the watercourse, and the patterns of li are also the patterns of flowing water.


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

Nobody has told you anything to do. In his books he relates his experience to scientific knowledge and to the teachings of Eastern and Western religion and philosophy. Hitherto, Western science has stressed the attitude of objectivity— a cold, calculating, and detached attitude through which it appears that alah phenomena, including the human organism, are nothing but mechanisms.

The forward and the Afterward, and footnotes made reading the book that much more enjoyable; bringing understanding to the reality of Alan’s character and that he has passed away. Alan WattsAl Chung-liang Huang. That people, in their small villages and towns will be able to sort things out.

Tao: The Watercourse Way

I didn’t realize th I started reading Tao: It is very difficult to for me to write this review because, like water, Tao seems to be something so pervasive yet so elusive. You don’t know that it requires a watcher for something to be watched. Alan Watts was probably totally bonkers, and the hippy-style life he lived was one of those chaotic lives you don’t know whether to envy or be thankful you’ve avoided. Whether you speed through it or not, make time This book is a timeless classic that is both the perfect introduction to Watts and the essential summary of his philosophical exploration.

Chesterton and countless other authors, artists, musicians, spiritual leaders and intellectuals of both the east and west. Aug 21, GhostKnight rated it it was amazing.

That’s what is called Tao, in Chinese. Why obviously not, because if you are really naive you see wwatercourse past is the result of what is happening now. 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 of the Tao. Alan Wway Excerpt from: Jan 03, Roger K.


Because we are part of Tao, and Tao flows through us, we are part of the stream and it is difficult for us to see, understand or describe it objectively. And is meditative Oneness self-indulgence? According to Tao, man too should try to follow the natural way of things and the path of least resistence. I can’t even really say ‘this,’ although I said ‘something going on.

Its first chapter on Chinese written language was truly thought-provoking. 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. However, Emperor Han Kao Tsu that came next ruled with a light touch only making clear that harsh punishment thee be meted out of manslaughter, assault and thievery and the Han Empire lasted years.

They start out of silence. I love the concept watgs “Li”, like flowing water or grains in the wood. We, as its adherents, are sailors who work with the wind or like carpenters who work with the grain.