This Is It: and Other Essays on Zen and Spiritual Experience

In six innovative essays, thinker Alan Watts explores the connection among religious event and traditional life—and the necessity for them to coexist inside of every one folks. With essays on “cosmic awareness” (including Watts’ account of his personal ventures into this inward realm); the paradoxes of self-consciousness; LSD and cognizance; and the fake competition of spirit and topic, This Is It and different Essays on Zen and religious event is a really mind-opening assortment.

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There's as a result no whole insurance that a huge selection is correct. hence the ever-frustrated attempt to achieve whole insurance by way of reviewing the information turns into the precise nervousness which we name a feeling of accountability. the second one is that the experience of accountability is going hand in hand with a heightened experience of being an self sufficient individual—a resource of motion which can't depend on easy intuition or spontaneity for doing definitely the right factor. The clever guy for this reason feels self sustaining of or bring to an end from the remainder of nature, and in attempting, ever frustratedly, to determine nature out with adequate accuracy he acquires a sense of worry and hostility towards every little thing outdoors his personal will and its complete keep an eye on.

In November 1960. Library of Congress Cataloging in booklet info Watts, Alan Wilson, 1915- this can be it. Reprint of the 1960 ed. 1. Mysticism 2. Zen Buddhism. I. identify. [BL625. W35 1973] 294. three four 72-8394 eISBN: 978-0-307-78432-2 v3. 1 TO ANN daughter and dancer, with love CONTENTS disguise identify web page Copyright commitment Preface 1 this is often IT 2 intuition, Intelligence, and anxiousness three Zen and the matter of regulate four Beat Zen, sq. Zen, and Zen five Spirituality and Sensuality 6 the hot Alchemy Bibliography concerning the writer PREFACE even if written at diverse occasions in the past 4 years, the essays right here collected jointly have a standard element of focus—the non secular or mystical adventure and its relation to dull fabric existence.

It's also begging the query to name their results poisonous, which would suggest toxic, until this be aware is usually used for the consequences of supplements or proteins. Such language is evaluative, now not descriptive in any medical experience. slightly greater than years in the past (1958) i used to be requested by means of a psychiatric study crew to take a hundred micrograms of lysergic acid, to determine no matter if it will reproduce something equivalent to a paranormal event. It didn't accomplish that, and as far as i do know the explanation was once that I had no longer then realized tips to direct my inquiries whilst lower than its effect.

One will describe himself as infinitely enriched, whereas one other will converse of being delivered to such absolute poverty that he owns now not even his brain and physique, and has no longer a care on this planet. hardly ever is the adventure defined with out metaphors that may be deceptive if taken actually. yet in examining Bernard Berenson’s comic strip for a Self-Portrait I stumbled on a passage that is one of many easiest and “cleanest” bills of it i've got ever visible. It used to be a morning in early summer season. A silver haze shimmered and trembled over the lime timber.

There isn't any challenge approximately it. A Zen grasp was requested, “It is extremely sizzling, and the way we could break out the warmth? ” “Why not,” he replied, “go to where the place it's neither scorching nor chilly? ” “Where is that position? ” “In summer season we sweat; in iciness we shiver. ” In Zen one doesn't consider in charge approximately demise, or being afraid, or disliking the warmth. while, Zen doesn't insist upon this perspective as anything which one should undertake; it doesn't hold forth it as an incredible. For when you don’t comprehend it, your very not-understanding can be IT.

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