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Thursday, December 07, 2017
ALAN WATTS ON THE LAWS OF SPIRIT AND NATURE: An excerpt from THE COLLECTED LETTERS OF ALAN WATTS coedited by Joan Watts & Anne Watts
By Publicity Admin

In this brand-new, never-before-published collection, we get to take a deep, personal dive into the thoughts and feelings of one of the Western world’s most beloved philosophers, Alan Watts. His daughters Joan and Anne Watts put together this fascinating archive of letters, newsletters, and other correspondence that covers everything from his early years in a British boarding school to the last months of his life living in Northern California. 

In the following excerpt, we get an early look at the fascinating interfaith connections Alan Watts was already making in his thoughts and ideas. In 1939, he was just twenty-four years old with a baby daughter (Joan Watts, one of the coeditors of this collection) and had freshly arrived in America after the rumblings of war in Europe became too loud to ignore.

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eastern philosophy
Thursday, August 31, 2017
SAKE & SATORI: An excerpt from ASIAN JOURNALS by Joseph Campbell
By Publicity Admin

At the beginning of his career, Joseph Campbell developed a lasting fascination with the cultures of the Far East, and explorations of Buddhist and Hindu philosophy later became recurring motifs in his vast body of work. However, Campbell had to wait until middle age to visit the lands that inspired him so deeply. In 1954, he took a sabbatical from his teaching position and embarked on a yearlong voyage through India, Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and finally Japan. Asian Journals combines the two hardcover editions of Campbell’s journals, Baksheesh & Brahman and Sake & Satori, into one paperback volume, an edited day-to-day travel diary of the people he met and the historical places he visited on his trek through Asia. Along the way, he enlivens the narrative with his musings on culture, religion, myth, and politics, describing both the trivial and the sublime. As always, Campbell’s keen intellect and boundless curiosity shine through in his lucid prose. From these pages, Campbell enthusiasts will come away with a deeper understanding of the man, his work, and his enduring legacy.

 

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eastern philosophy
Thursday, May 19, 2016
ACTIVIST OR CURMUDGEON? by guest blogger William Martin, author of THE ACTIVIST’S TAO TE CHING
By Publicity Admin

Nothing can stop water as it journeys
from rainfall on the mountainside, 
in streams and rivers to the sea. 
Dams of stone and concrete, 
standing rigid in its path, 

are no match for its fluid power. 

When we meet the rigid powers, 
so confident of their strength, 
we flow around, 
pour over, 
seep under, 
or evaporate and rain down 
on the other side. 
Nothing can stop the river of revolution 
from reaching its ocean home. 


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eastern philosophy
Friday, March 16, 2012
Living Fully: A Conversation between Marc Allen and Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche
By Samy AbulEla

I recently had the pleasure of hanging out with Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche, the author of Living Fully: Finding Joy in Every Breath.

I’ve edited his words slightly or you can watch the video and hear him for yourself. His enthusiasm is wonderful and inspiring — and shows that there’s hope for all of us!

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meditation, Buddhism, eastern philosophy

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