Out of your Mind

Out of your Mind

Tricksters, Interdependence, and the Cosmic Game of Hide-and-seek

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"In order to come to your senses, Alan Watts often said, you sometimes need to go out of your mind. Perhaps more than any other teacher in the West, this celebrated author, former Anglican priest, and self-described spiritual entertainer was responsible for igniting the passion of countless wisdom seekers to the spiritual and philosophical delights of India, China, and Japan. With Out of Your Mind, you are invited to immerse yourself in six of this legendary thinker's most engaging teachings on how to break through the limits of the rational mind and expand your awareness and appreciation for the great game unfolding all around us. Distilled from Alan Watts's pinnacle lectures, Out of Your Mind brings you an inspiring new resource that captures the true scope of this brilliant teacher in action. For those both new and familiar with Watts, this book invites us to delve into his favorite pathways out of the trap of conventional awareness, including: the art of the "controlled accident"; what happens when you stop taking your life so seriously and start enjoying it with complete sincerity; how we come to believe "the myth of myself"; that we are skin-encapsulated egos separate from the world around us; and how to transcend that illusion; why we must fully embrace chaos and the void to find our deepest purpose; unconventional and refreshing insights into the deeper principles of Buddhism, Hinduism, Western philosophy, Christianity, and much more"--Provided by publisher
Publisher: Boulder, CO : Sounds True, Inc., 2017
ISBN: 9781622037520
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Characteristics: xii, 178 pages ; 23 cm

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" The double bind that is the deepest is, ' You must go on living.' Living is a spontaneous process, and an art, and to say to life, 'You must happen,' is exactly the same as saying to any creative artist, ' You must come through with the goods; tonight you must give a superb performance and, furthermore, you must be completely unself-conscious while you are doing it.' This is being done to us all the time. The purpose of Zen is to make this double bind visible, so that you can see how stupid it is. " " Krishnamurti tells people that all of their religious inquiry, their yoga practices, their reading religious books, and so on, are nothing but the perpetuation of egocentricity on a very refined and highbrow level. Therefore he encourages disciples who studiously avoid reading any kind of philosophical or edifying book..They are reduced to reading mystery stories and they become devoted non-disciples. What a clever bind that is! It is the same as the Zen technique." " Saint Paul taught that the law is a pedagogue designed to lead us to Christ. PEDAGOGUE has the same meaning as UPAYA."

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