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In my quest for knowledge and insight, philosophy has been one area of growing interest and authors like Alan Watts are the reason I keep coming back for He is so laid back and down to Earth in his approach to explaining the cosmic and daily questions like What Are We Doing and What Shall We Do With The Church The fact that he wrote it and published it over forty years ago simply adds to the beauty of his writing and the prophetic voice he seemed to have His idealized future seems so much better than what has happened, perhaps it would have come to being if we would have all been as enlightened as Dr Watts There were some minor typos and slightly eccentric ideas but no than you might expect from a philosophy essay or series of essays Regardless, I will be adding this book to my personal library, it is a good one to re read. Way back in the old days, when the hallucinogens flowed like wine and hipness not quite so leaning on its laurels, friends I used to find ourselves, often, late in the night, tuned in to FM radio and listening to the ever wise seeming voice of the sage Rev Watts seeping into our tripping heads A lot of the time, he d be posing some sort of intellectual idea you had just begun to get a clue or a bead on, often as not, his incisive insights about the burdens of social paradigms gave you something to think about as you readjusted focus to deal with real life on the other side of the trip equation Cloud Hidden is his life story, foreshortened to some extent, but primarily dealing with the world he helped to create once settled in the US, on the slopes of his favorite Marin mountain conveniently depicted on the cover Essential reading for those who have read the bulk of his oeuvre, something of a fine introduction to it if you have not The man was himself essentially the essence of cool, without even really being a beatnik Joe Campbell took up where he left off. #FREE DOWNLOAD ⛈ Cloud-hidden, Whereabouts Unknown î 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 After having read almost half of Watts books, this offers little new in terms of material or stance But probably my favorite thing about Watts is his gift of being able to say the same thing in various ways, and he definitely does that here Additionally, he offers some harsh critiques of religion and the Church in general.He loses me a little on some of his fantasizing about the way things could be, which he does once in a dream alternate universe and later on with suggestions on how Christianity Catholicism might attract followers While his proposed changes come across as earnest, many are extremely naive and a little flaky, which is the first occasion I ve ever had to use those adjectives with respect to Mr Watts.If you re new to Watts I don t think I d start with this one I myself started with Still the Mind An Introduction to Meditation and I can t imagine a better way to do it Since then, my favorite is The Wisdom of Insecurity followed by The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are blakerosser1 This is a collection of some of Alan Watts essays on a variety of subject matter Mostly dealing with religion, sex, drugs, Western thought, and all containing Watts disciplined and playful buddhist perspective Ranging from bizarre to profound, repetitious to amusing, this book sent me in a lot of directions thought wise There were moments where I thought Watts must clearly have been a genius, and others where I was borderline bored with some of his duller musings I think this book is important, and should be read, or at least some of Watts work, or if nothing else a Buddhist book every so often It cleared the air for me, just going with the flow, as I always have, as I have never had any other choice but to do. This book introduces me to two Alan Watts Uncle Tao and Papa Patchouli The former finds and reveals transcendence in the harmonies of nature the latter rants deservedly, but it is such a contrast to the serene wisdom of the Tao based essays against the church and imagines a rather unappetising Hippie utopia The Watts lets the modern world and western attempts to find better philosophical paths to inform his essays, the he seems like a dated relic, complete with all the naive drug culture and recessive sexism that apparently went with so much of the 60s and 70s western counterculture When he focusses on the natural world and Taoist concepts, his writings seem timeless and even wise Interesting, and I am not at all sure why I ve suddenly been drawn to read Watts, but I might try at least one work by him because I ve recently started finding to chew on in certain streams of thought than I previously did. Another great day read Insightful, quirky, witty and I particularly loved the chapters Spectrum of love What on earth are we doing A book to ponder why we ponder at all Alan Watts delivers again. This book is a marvelous journey that starts from Nowhere and ends at Now Here. Just finished this one and, not surprisingly, it was amazing The chapter titled What are we doing is by itself worthy of 5 stars Talk about hitting the nail on the head In about ten pages or so he effectively lays bare the entire root system of Western thought and, importantly, details the problems and social ills that it brings about.Watts makes you feel so comfortable with the subject matter Although this book was no than a collection of some scattered essays and journal entries it was still amazingly consistent and well written Watts truly has a gift He is by far one of my favorite writers His ability to so eloquently and simply explain Eastern thought is astounding His strength is that although he thoroughly analyzes his subject, he avoids the over intellectualization that is so prevalent in a lot of other works on Taoism, Buddhism, and Hinduism some of that crap is so dense as to be completely unintelligible and one cant help but feel that to overexplain Taoist thought is to completely miss its unbelievably simple thrust and profoundly powerful message Although one may be able to challenge Watts objectivity due to his obvious personal affinity for his subject, I actually find it to be much convincing precisely because of this personal involvement which is not a usual reaction for me Its as though you are reading a promotion or, I hate to say it, a pitch for a way of thinking that has brought its promoter great satisfaction and peace and yet throughout his writing, Watts never gives off a sense of moral superiority or preachiness There is a beautful honesty that puts me completely at ease and allows my mind to open up and relax, knowing that what is being explained to me is not something that can be sold or preached but only experienced Maybe someday I will read something that will prove otherwise but in the meantime I am happy to say that I have found someone who can communicate not only on an intellectual and philosophical level but also on a spiritual level without triggering my almost knee jerk skepticism and mistrust With me that is a rare thing and I am truly excited about reading the rest of Watts extensive catalog. A series of essays by the eastern philosopher, Alan Watts It s a kind of journal of miscellaneous thoughts He writes about nature, ecstasy, reincarnation, karma, dualism, environmentalism, tantra, meditation, Christianity, Buddhism, Taoism, and Sufism Some of it is silly and cute, like the futuristic, utopian vision of The Future of Ecstacy, where he really shows his true hippie colors, and is amusing to read in retrospect Some of it is harsh and critical, like What Shall We Do with the Church Watts is even noticeably sexist in this book than in his other books that I ve read, but a lot of that was the era he was living in My favorites were On the Tantra and The Art of Contemplation, which are both toward the end, a great example of why it s always good to read a book till the end This book is interesting in that it was his last book before his sad and untimely death It serves as a kind of parting thoughts of a great thinker.