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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

ISBN-13: 9781622037520

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: Sounds True Incorporated

Publication Date: 03-01-2017

Pages: 192

Product Dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Alan Watts Alan Watts (1915–1973) For spiritual seekers of many generations, Alan Watts earned a reputation as one of the most accessible—and entertaining—interpreters of Eastern philosophy in the West. Beginning at age 16, when he wrote an article for the journal of the Buddhist Lodge in London, Watts would develop an audience of millions who were enriched through his books, recordings, radio broadcasts, and public talks. In all, Alan Watts wrote more than 25 books, including such classics as The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are and This Is It: and Other Essays on Zen and Spiritual Experience.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface Mark Watts xi

Part 1 The Nature of Consciousness

Chapter 1 Cosmological Models of the World 3

Chapter 2 The Dramatic Model 15

Chapter 3 The Eternal Transaction 27

Part 2 The Web of Life

Chapter 4 Levels of Perception 39

Chapter 5 The Web as Trap 49

Chapter 6 The Web as Play 55

Part 3 Inevitable Ecstasy

Chapter 7 Attachment and Control 63

Chapter 8 Hypnosis and Habituation 77

Chapter 9 Harmonious Dissolution 83

Part 4 The World As Just So

Chapter 10 The Koan of Zen 91

Chapter 11 Nonduality in Action 99

Chapter 12 A Great Doubt 111

Part 5 The World As Self

Chapter 13 Hindu Cosmology 121

Chapter 14 Insiders and Outsiders 135

Part 6 The World as Emptiness

Chapter 15 The Buddhist Method 153

Chapter 16 Impermanence by Any Name 161

Chapter 17 The Doctrine of Emptiness 169

About the Author 177