The Book on the Taboo against Knowing Who You arePaperback
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- Publisher: Random House USA Paperbacks
- Format: Paperback | 163 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 201mm x 13mm | 181g
- Publication date: 30 January 1999
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0679723005
- ISBN 13: 9780679723004
- Edition statement: Vintage Books ed
- Sales rank: 7,677
At the root of human conflict is our fundamental misunderstanding of who we are. The illusion that we are isolated beings, unconnected to the rest of the universe, has led us to view the "outside" world with hostility, and has fueled our misuse of technology and our violent and hostile subjugation of the natural world. In "The Book, " philosopher Alan Watts provides us with a much-needed answer to the problem of personal identity, distilling and adapting the ancient Hindu philosophy of Vedanta to help us understand that the self is in fact the root and ground of the universe. In this mind-opening and revelatory work, Watts has crafted a primer on what it means to be human--and a manual of initiation into the central mystery of existence.
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Alan W. Watts, who held both a master's degree in theology and a doctorate of divinity, is best remembered as an interpreter of Zen Buddhism in particular, and of Indian and Chinese philosophy in general. Standing apart, however, from sectarian membership, he has earned the reputation of being one of the most original and "unrutted" philosophers of the twentieth century. Watts was the author of some twenty books on the philosophy and psychology of religion that have been published in many languages throughout the world, including the bestselling "The Way of Zen." An avid lecturer, Watts appeared regularly on the radio and hosted the popular television series, "Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life, "in the 1960s. He died in 1973.
A witty attack on the illusion that the self is a separate ego that confronts a universe of alien physical objects.