The Book

The Book

On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

Book - 1989
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In The Book, Alan Watts provides us with a much-needed answer to the problem of personal identity, distilling and adapting the Hindu philosophy of Vedanta.

At the root of human conflict is our fundamental misunderstanding of who we are. The illusion that we are isolated beings, unconnected to the rest of the universe, has led us to view the "outside" world with hostility, and has fueled our misuse of technology and our violent and hostile subjugation of the natural world. To help us understand that the self is in fact the root and ground of the universe, Watts has crafted a revelatory primer on what it means to be human--and a mind-opening manual of initiation into the central mystery of existence.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1989, c1966
ISBN: 9780679723004
Branch Call Number: Philosophy & Religion 128.3 WAT


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Mar 28, 2018

I've been going back and reading some books that had a big impact on me when I was in high school and Alan Watts was one of my biggest influences. Having re-read this book for the first time since 1975 I can see why it was such an eye opener. It was the first book I read on Eastern philosophy and it is definitely quite thought provoking. The Book focuses on a school of Hinduism called Advaita Vedanta which teaches that the true self (Atman) is identical with the ultimate reality (Brahman). This is also called non-duality. Watts discusses the philosophical implications of this philosophy without getting into Hindu culture or religious practice. It is very well written and lucid. I recommend it as an introduction to Eastern thought.

Feb 22, 2010

My favourite work by Alan Watts without question and an ideal book to pique one's interest about Buddhism and Eastern religion/philosophy. Concise and focused but still retains the humour and charisma that make him so memorable.


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Jul 08, 2017

Changes life perception of reality,

Book is explained in rational manner, well crafted

Will help in all aspects of life, be it guidance, improvement, and health.

The foundation of the book is, infinity of the universe within us, and the reflection of yourself to it

To realize the harmony of nature is within us all

Realize that the smallest aspect of any building component, and what it builds up to, likewise the infinite threads of fate woven to craft the point of life of what you are now

I simplify it for myself, the universe, is an explanation of itself, trying to figure itself out


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