Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Authors You Need to Read Before Being Reincarnated: Alan Watts

a.k.a., Unoppressive Non-Imperialist Essentials

Check out this new series we're launching! "Authors You Need to Read Before Being Reincarnated" is a compilation of certain select authors that we love here at Unoppressive, and the works we offer by them. All are a must-read for passing onto a fruitful and enlightened reincarnation. :)

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Alan Watts, the first figure in our series, is one of the most important philosophers and interpreters of Eastern philosophy for his time and ours. If he were alive today, he'd probably subvert social media the same way he subverted Christianity in his time. One day, his complete audio recordings will be obligatory for anyone coming of age in the new age. His book transcripts are a terrific artifact of his pervasive effect on our times and a magnet for all those that nearly know of him and dearly need to.

Philosophies of Asia: The Edited Transcripts by Alan Watts

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Featuring the edited transcripts of eight talks delivered by Alan Watts from 1965 to 1972, The Philosophies of Asia offers an overview of the major traditions of Eastern thought. Watts addresses the major Asian philosophies--Hinduism, Zen Buddhism, and Taoism -- and reveals the common threads of spirituality that weave their way through each of these traditions.

Myth and Religion: A Thorn in the Flesh by Alan Watts

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This dynamic collection of edited transcripts begins with Not What Should Be, But What Is! In this powerful talk on the contrasts between classical Eastern and traditional Western mythologies, Watts questions whether the image of a divine patriarch is still intellectually plausible in light of our ever growing understanding of the universe. He then takes a revealing look at the mystical origins of Christianity in Jesus - His Religion, Or the Religion About Him? and explores how Christianity has diverged historically from those teachings in a brilliant and well researched critique of the Church. In Democracy in the Kingdom of Heaven Watts then carries his inquiry one step further, and asks if indeed a monarchical religion still makes sense in a democratic society. Watts takes a fascinating look at the ultimately anthropomorphic quality of man's view of his god in Images of Man. Here he is only half kidding when he says that "In the beginning there was Man, and he created God in his image," pointing to the highly subjective nature of our inquiry into the highest orders of reality. In the final chapter, Religion and Sexuality, Watts again looks at organized religion, but with more than a touch of humor as he suggests that churches today are sexual regulation societies, and precious little else. To make this point Watts asks, "How else can you get thrown out?" He then goes on to discuss the social implications of the Church's investment in moral issues, and demonstrates that this may in fact be a ploy to cover up for the lack of any substantial religious teaching in organized religion today.

Zen and the Beat Way by Alan Watts



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Zen and the Beat Way is based upon selections from Alan Watts's early radio talks, many of which were first aired on the Pacifica Radio Network in the late fifties and early sixties, and sessions from two of his most compelling seminars in the mid-sixties.

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