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Post  TheArchivist Fri Sep 27, 2013 10:33 pm

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Alan Watts (1915-1973) was an enlightened philospher, writer, and speaker, best known for interpreting Eastern philosophy in Western terms and helping to popularize Zen in America in the 1960's. Even today, his "writings and recorded talks still shimmer with a profound and galvanizing lucidity."

I've gathered together what video there is to be had... but I think it best to start off with some audio: what has become known as the "Essential Lectures" series.


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Post  TheArchivist Fri Sep 27, 2013 10:45 pm

I. The Nature of Consciousness, Part 1

  1. Our Image of the World
  2. The Myth of the Ceramic Construct
  3. The Myth of the Automatic Universe
  4. A Wiggly World
  5. A Game That's Worth the Candle
  6. An Independent System
  7. Whose Game Is It?
  8. The World as Drama

II. The Nature of Consciousness, Part 2

  1. Being Aware of Awareness
  2. Captivated by the Drama
  3. The Game of Hide and Seek
  4. Consciousness Beyond Our Separateness
  5. How Do We Define Ourselves?
  6. What It Is to See
  7. The Road to Here
  8. A Re-examination of Common Sense

III. The Web of Life, Part 1

  1. What Did You Forget?
  2. A Spontaneous Life
  3. Seeing Beyond Our Separateness
  4. Intervals Between What Happens
  5. Existence as a Function of Relationship
  6. Understanding the Unitive World
  7. An Implicit Agreement
  8. To Be Aware of the Melody

IV. The Web of Life, Part 2

  1. Web as Mutuality
  2. The Nature of Selfishness
  3. A Perfectly Genuine Act
  4. The Sound of Rain Needs No Translation
  5. What Game Would You Like to Play?
  6. Is It Serious?
  7. An Invitation to Dance

V. The Inevitable Ecstasy, Part 1

  1. Undifferentiated vs. Differentiated Awareness
  2. The Marriage of an Illusion to a Futility
  3. The Awareness of a Baby
  4. The Fallacy of Misplaced Correctness
  5. The Sensation of Happening
  6. Of Pain and Suffering
  7. Must Life Go On and On?
  8. A Natural Satori
  9. The Aversion to Death
  10. The Eroticism of Pain
  11. The Spectrum of Vibrations

VI. The Inevitable Ecstasy, Part 2

  1. Seeing Beyond the Game
  2. The Conspiracy We Play on Ourselves
  3. The Illusion of the Ego
  4. The Meaningless Life
  5. This is the Game
  6. So, What's the Problem?
  7. Every Incarnation is This One
  8. The State of Nothing
  9. The Line of Least Resistance

VII. The World as Just So, Part 1

  1. To Say What Can't Be Said
  2. Zen's Appeal to the West
  3. A Direct Pointing
  4. The Origins of Zen
  5. The Golden Age of Zen
  6. Who Are You?
  7. No Mind, No Deliberation
  8. Disturbing Confusions of the Mind
  9. Who Is the Thinker Behind the Thoughts?

VIII. The World as Just So, Part 2

  1. Escaping the Tangle
  2. The In Defines the Out Defines the In
  3. The Japanese Zen Monastery
  4. Entering the Temple
  5. Answering the Koan
  6. Seeing Past the Illusion
  7. The Decline of Modern Temples
  8. The Truth of the Birthless Mind

IX. The World as Self, Part 1

  1. The Totality of All Being
  2. Awareness of the Self
  3. The Fundamental I
  4. Self as Play
  5. The Rhythmic Dance
  6. Rules of the Game
  7. The Hindu Yugas
  8. Western Difficulty With Hindu Mythology

X. The World as Self, Part 2

  1. The Human World as Self
  2. Stages of Citizenship in India
  3. Shedding the Masks
  4. The Limits of Self-Awareness
  5. The Role of the Trickster
  6. The Journey to Where You Already Are
  7. Fear of Enlightenment
  8. The Yoga Sutra
  9. How Not to Use the Mind
  10. Gamesmanship in Spiritual Practice
  11. A Place for the Hermit

XI. The World as Emptiness, Part 1

  1. The Essence of Hinduism
  2. The Four Noble Truths
  3. The Cause of Suffering
  4. The Eightfold Path
  5. The Five Good Conducts
  6. Presence of Mind
  7. A Finger Pointing at the Moon
  8. The Nature of Change
  9. The Mystery of Change
  10. Peaks and Valleys Go Together as One

XII. The World as Emptiness, Part 2

  1. The Buddhist Attitude of Change
  2. Willing to Die
  3. A Happy Death
  4. Raising the Alarm
  5. The World as Void
  6. Voiding the Void
  7. Consider Death Now
  8. Thunderous Silence
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From 1959 to 1960, Alan Watts recorded two seasons of a show titled "Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life" for public television station KQED in San Francisco. These recordings are difficult to find and are of poor quality, and the series is incomplete. Even information about the series is impossible to find -- so much so that I don't even know how many episodes there were in total, or what the titles of the missing episodes are! Oddly, the official curators of his works only sell a 2-DVD set containing six episodes.


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