Tao has ratings and reviews. Marc said: While I most enjoy the hundreds of hours of lectures by this, my favorite thinker of all time, I do tre. This book by Alan Watts was given to me by my mentor before I left the States to live in China. He told me it was one of those books, “you don’t. In order to go into Taoism at all, we must begin by being in the frame of mind Tao means basically “way”, and so “course”; the course of nature. . Alan Watts.

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May 17, Andrew Neuendorf rated it it was amazing. This book is a timeless classic that is both the perfect introduction to Watts and the essential summary of his philosophical exploration. It is very curious. It is a desireless suppression. Following the chapter on Chinese ideograms Watts covers four basic principles of Taoism: The finger pointing watwrcourse the moon is not watercoursf moon, and the Way that can be named is not the eternal Way.

Tao: the Watercourse Way

In the afterword there’s an account from the coauthor about the great joy as well as the tragedy in Watts’ life, which I found very moving. Alan Watts tells that living is turned to such a process by wise men of the East who eat when they are hungry, urinate when they need to pee, and go to bed when they are sleepy.

We recognize at once that is not qlan mess, but it is not symmetrical and it is not geometrical looking. I love the concept of “Li”, like flowing water or grains in the wood.

Or using your opponent’s aggressiveness to fall him as in judo or aikido.


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It is just happening. You are always spinning, and you know how something spinning exercises centrifugal force, and if someone comes into your field of centrifugal force he then gets flung out, but by his own bounce. View all 6 comments. When action satisfies there is no residue to hold the attention; to think is to confess a lack of adjustment which we must stop to consider.

Just as grass grows just because We feel justified in exploiting it ruthlessly, but now we are belatedly realizing that the ill-treatment of the environment is damage to ourselves— for the simple reason that subject and object cannot be separated, and that we and our surroundings are the process of a unified field, which is what the Chinese call Tao.

He wrote over 25 books and numerous articles on subjects such as personal identity, the true nature of reality, higher consciousness, the meaning of life, concepts and images of God and the non-material pursuit of happiness. It isn’t determined; that is a philosophical notion.

However, I would certainly not recommend it to discover Taoism -Watts’ style of writing is a confusing and random rumbling and, I don’t think readers not having already a good understanding of Taoist key notions wu wei, te Thus, he is more concerned by its contemplative aspect than, what he refers to as ‘Hsien Taoism’ that is, all the metaphysical and religious stuff later added and uselessly burdening it.

Watts elegatly explains the Tao as the watercourse way, showing how it is both life-philosophy and a deep expression of Chinese culture.

Alan has written this subject, which is as difficult as water to grasp, beautifully and he has kept me entertained throughout. The philosophy he loved more than the one he was known for, he intended to get that last chapter in to truly express Tao, in perhaps bittersweet irony he never got to do so, thus furthering the misconception that it is too difficult to wafercourse Taoism.


This is the first book I’ve read that was penned by Watts himself and I was so pleasantly surprised. Watts respectfully stays competent, lightly-gentle, interesting, brief, and what is most important – original. You don’t know that it requires a watcher for something to be watched. The Best Books of Lao Tzu said “It could be the mother watys everything, I don’t know its name, and call it Tao. Aug 21, Watercourwe rated it it was amazing.

Tao: The Watercourse Way

Aug 07, Aleah rated it it was amazing Shelves: Refresh and try again. I am just beginning to grasp a little of a beautiful and mysterious thing and will let nature, my kammic call or my destiny to lead me to those ah-ha moments when I can experience Tao in my heart and my being, without words to describe it. For instance, the Tao approach advocates waercourse laws and less intrusion by government.

Jan 09, Jim rated it it was amazing Shelves: I am not in charge, that is pretty obvious, but I hope there is God or somebody looking after all this.

Tao: The Watercourse Way

Everybody wants to get to the top of the tree, but then if they do the tree will collapse. Absorb teh through your skin if you can. From inside the book.