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on 26 February 2001
Having read several other books by Alan Watts, I was already convinced of his ability to challenge everyday perceptions of the world through writing. However, this particular volume affected me more than any other book I have read. Drawing once again on the principles of Zen, Watts deconstructs the illusory patterns of thought that can keep us trapped in our minds. The idea that we are all perfect as we are, despite what we see as our physical, mental and emotional limitations, suddenly seems to make sense after reading essays such as 'Zen and the Problem of Control'. The fact that Watts can articulate the uneasiness and fear that so often limit our experience of life and other people immediately brings about a sense of freedom, as well as a wider perspective. I really would recommend this volume to anyone who feels "stuck" in any area of their life, and who has difficulty understanding their "place" in the universe.
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