I've read as many of pic related's books as I could get my hands on, listened to his Out of Your Mind lectures repeatedly in its entirety; I've found recordings of his lectures at colleges--the questions he gets and his answers are more interesting than his lectures sometimes. I come to ask if anyone has additional lectures, audio series, recordings, that cannot be found on Youtube or tpb.
It's been a while since I've thought about him. I was most into him in Highschool when I was sure zen was the answer to all things.
He's about zen philosophy as far as I could tell. He was cool before hipsters started claiming Taoism as their religion.
>He was cool before hipsters started claiming Taoism as their religion.
>yfw Alan was a hipster
>When I was sure zen was the answer to all things
Yeah? And where are you at now, friend?
He's about more than just zen though. Maybe I'm not well read enough into Eastern religion or zen, but how often to you hear zen, or any religion for that matter, come out and say "You're god, and so am i."?
Protohipster? Hipster^2? The precopy undiluted man? Only you decide
>where are you at now, friend?
That's a good question, I guess I'm not sure. I would say Watts made a lasting impact on me, even though I am egotistical, competitive and more western minded now I still can't deny that peace of mind truly exists and is attainable through zen more easily than it is through other philosophies.
>how often to you hear zen, or any religion for that matter, come out and say "You're god, and so am i."?
Not often, although vedic religions and Krishna himself certainly espoused that viewpoint. Which makes sense as vedic religion is the seed of buddhism which is the seed of zen. And eastern mysticism like that is also the seed of Christianity according to biblical scholars who agree Jesus was a Buddhist monk.
You are no different from a song which pops into existence through nothing other than its means of creation, and you will eventually disappear into obscurity in the same way that the song no longer exists after it is sung.
>Implying there's such a thing as coincidence
From my observations, /x/ seems to go in waves from genuine spiritual discussion, to tulupas and psychic magicks.
I suppose I meant to ask 'Does the typical Westerner (American, for me) have any idea that certain religions/schools of thought indicate that "we are all god"?' When I had the thought many years ago, before I had heard of Alan Watts, or anything other than Catholicism, really, I figured I was onto something new, or that I was going crazy. The former is absolutely untrue, as in the Vedas; the latter has yet to be determined.
I like these; thanks Anon.
>tfw enlightenment is not what they said it would be
>'Does the typical Westerner (American, for me) have any idea that certain religions/schools of thought indicate that "we are all god"?'
The idea that you are God has been heavily conflated with Satanism in western society (because claiming godhood is considered sacrilege) and if not that, it's labeled "New Age".
The closest people have come to popularly accepting their godhood lately has been "manifestation" like that popularized by Eckhart Tolle books. The belief that they will acquire things in life if they simply believe in it enough because they are innately tied to the fabric of reality and 'God' the source of all things.
he didnt happen to say something along the lines of each jewel being conciousness and the reflection of all the other jewels in each jewel to be the subconcious, did he?
well those are the things we want.
/x/ just wants to be a place where we can talk about them.
it wants us to be happy, but whether or not we actually are is up to whether or not we can get along and actually discuss the truth.
/x/ cries to me sometimes.
>tfw enlightenment is everything they said it would be and more.
i bet you're one of those guys who wanted to disappear into nothingness instead of try to be a better person.
>mfw i get to be a better person because the nothingness disappears into me
I know, right? Still, it was pretty cool for a "cameo," at least it got his name out there. McKenna and other contemporaries seem to be more in the public's vocabulary, but I much prefer Watts, and would like to hear his ideas in media.