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Still the Mind [Kindle Edition]

Alan Watts
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Mark Watts compiled this book from his father's extensive journals and audiotapes of famous lectures he delivered in his later years across the country. In three parts, Alan Watts explains the basic philosophy of meditation, how individuals can practice a variety of meditations, and how inner wisdom grows naturally.

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STILL THE MIND is a compilation based upon the Zen lectures of Alan Watts and upon the remarkable recordings of his public meditations and rituals performed during his later life. It is filled with the wisdom of a man in his maturity, the culmination of a lifetime of seeking, researching, meditating, and teaching. Every page is clear, insightful, practical, and humorous.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 178 KB
  • Print Length: 130 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1577312147
  • Publisher: New World Library (15 Mar. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003CIQ56U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,225 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Profound simplicity 23 Mar. 2012
By Trish
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Despite being a small book, which I'm sure can be read in one sitting, this is a deeply contemplative and philosophical gem. You will want to read this book over and over again, it's depths will take you to the depths of your own self. Since reading this book I have begun to meditate, with awareness, in most aspects of my life - work, socialising and rest. I have never been so conscious of my breath and the breath of the universe that breathes within me.
Enjoy, accept your being.
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5.0 out of 5 stars life changing 24 Mar. 2001
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Alan watts is a brilliant writer and this book is nothing short of extraordinary. It is a compilation of speeches and seminars the late Alan Watts gave during his lifetime. I read the book knowing little about Zen, but found after reading it that I always knew. That is the beauty of Zen. We have always known the truth - there is a better way to live - only we have been socialized to feel as though we are seperate and need to conquer something or everything. Mr. Watts points out that this is a fallacy and that there is no need to feel seperate. Instead, he offers that we are a part of one organism and there is no need to conquer. Life is just being in the moment. This book really has made a difference for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Meditation with Watts 6 Nov. 2000
By Christina M. Silveira - Published on
Format:Audio Cassette
Watts explains thought and encourages the listener to release the grip of mental chatter and slide into the meditative state that is the wellspring of inspiration. Using humor and allegory, he finds many different ways of stating the truth. Chiding the Western mind for its overuse of force of will and muscle, Watts emphasizes that if you practice meditation in order to achieve perfection, you're not meditating. Through his own ease of being, he guides a meditation step by step, taking his audience into a gentle, sometimes playful state of mind through his skill as both a meditator and a speaker. Both beginner and experienced meditator will get a lot out of this material.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good ---But Not Best--- of Alan Watts' Lecture Releases 10 Feb. 2005
By K. Brown - Published on
Of the Alan Watts lecture transcripts in print, this is a good read, though not as tightly edited and expressive as his finest in this line of works, which I believe to be "Buddhism: The Religion of No Religion."

The finest points in this book are revealed when Watts' describes the motivation behind meditation, emphasizing the pleasure one receives in the practice in itself, as opposed to practicing in hopes of it producing pleasure in the future. He keenly dismisses practicing any religion out of necessity, obligation, or hope of reward, and instead drives home the notion of religion and meditation as sources of expression and enjoyment.

Still, if you are going to pick only one of Alan Watts' lecture series, then "Buddhism: The Religion of No Religion" is vastly superior to this work. If you enjoy any of his lecture series, I strongly urge you to seek out his lengthier written projects like "The Way of Zen." Watts had quite a way of making Zen Buddhism tangible to the Western reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best 24 July 2003
By Brian Wallace (Co-author of It's Not Your Hair) - Published on
Alan Watts was popular about thirty years ago...and still he is untouchable in the arena of those who transmute for Westerners a deep yet very realizable understanding of the mystical path. Think Jung and Campbell - timeless messengers of higher truth.
This is no highbrow philosophizing for so-called "adepts." This is the best combination of common person-meets-Zen approach I have encountered.
Works well in conjunction with "Undoing Yourself With Energized Meditation and Other Devices" by Christopher Hyatt: both are edgy, at least slightly more hip approaches - that better account for the integral elements of humor and happenstance - than other works on the subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars life-changing literature 15 Sept. 2008
By anais - Published on
i dont know where to start with this book. basically, its been one of those life-changing reads to me, along with siddhartha. the amount of wisdom and philosophical info in here is mind-boggling, but somehow alan watts is able to make you understand as though it were the simplest thing in the world. its as though he were a good friend sitting with you explaining things over coffee. its hard to grasp everything in here in one read because there is so much in this small book. i needed to read it a few times for everything to really sink in. it is so unbelievably enlightening and powerful, i want everyone i know to read it!
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