The Universe is a system which forgets itself and then again remembers anew so there’s always constant change and constant variety in the span of time.
It also does it in the span of spaceby looking at itself through
every different living organism, giving an all-around view. – Alan Watts
PHILOSOPHICAL WISDOM FOR TODAY’S THINKING MAN
Smoloko presents quotes of Alan Watts –
Alan Watts, who died in 1974, held both a master’s degree in theology and a doctorate of divinity, and was best known as an interpreter of Zen Buddhism in particular, and of Indian and Chinese philosophy in general. He was the author of many books on the philosophy and psychology of religion, which include The Way of Zen, The Supreme Identity, The Joyous Cosmology, Beyond Theology, Nature, Man and Woman*, Cloud-Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown* and In My Own Way: An Autobiography. Smoloko wants to remind everyone to sit back for a moment and just listen, listento your surroundings, do not try attaching names or symbols to the noises you hear or objects you see. With open or closed eyes. Just sit there and listen. Now you are listening to sound,listening to your own interior feelings and thoughts, and watching your breath all just as happenings that are neither voluntary nor involuntary. You are simply aware of these basic sensations. Then you begin to be in the state of meditation. Don’t hurry anything, dont worry about the future,don’t worry about what progress you’re making. Be entirely content to be aware of whatis. Don’t be selective– “I should think of this and not that.” Just watch whatever is happening. “Myself contans all these things that the body is doing, the electric activity of the nerves, all this is me but I dont know how it’s constructed. And yet, I do all that. It is true to say I breathe, I walk, I think, I am conscious– I don’t know how I manage to be, but I do it in the same way as I grow my hair. I must therefore locate the center of me, my I’ing, at a deeper level than my ego which s my image or idea of myself”.- Allan Watts
Read for free ! Alan Watt’s “The Book: on the taboo against knowing who you are” here
Download for free The Essential Alan Watts collection of essays here