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For the philosopher, psychologist or Easten pratictioner
« on: July 04, 2015, 04:04:05 PM »
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What do you think about Alan Watts. I have listened to this guy for quite a while and I find that his insights are pretty helpful in trying to become a more intuitive and better functioning person. Some of the stuff he says I do not agree with such as seeming to think that the master or guru can intentionally trip up the student for the sake of keeping the student humble. But then again that is ego minded thinking.

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Re: For the philosopher, psychologist or Easten pratictioner
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2015, 12:09:43 AM »
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Not familiar with Adam Watts. I'll have to check it out and see. But yeah tripping up a person just for him or her to remain humble isn't exactly proper procedure. A true spiritual master or guru would not relegate themselves to using narcotics like that. It's bad karma for them and detrimental to the student in question. And the more bad karma you build up the harder it is to pay the price later-on as everything in this universe requires balance.
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Re: For the philosopher, psychologist or Easten pratictioner
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2015, 10:54:22 AM »
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My dad gave me "The Way of Zen" when I was a kid. A really good read, a really good introduction to eastern concepts and parables that you don't usually get from a Western/Christian upbringing.

He wrote a later book, actually his master thesis, published as "Behold the Spirit", which is a sort of Zen Buddhist approach to traditional Christian and Catholic concepts.

It's unlike anything else I have read on Christian theology, and really opened my mind to a world and history of alternative interpretations. Amazing, inspired stuff. One of the life-changing books of my life, I would HIGHLY recommend it if you have any background in Christianity, whether you are a steady church goer or you turned your back on it in your youth.

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Re: For the philosopher, psychologist or Easten pratictioner
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2015, 08:48:11 AM »
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I may have to get his stuff on audio books. Reading is not something I am willing to devote time to. Without question Watts is the best I have listened to so far in describing these concepts and he did it far better than Eckhart Tolle in my opinion. I also liked how he talked about mystical experiences and cosmic consciousness. Not to mention his explaining of the difference between Eastern and Western philosophy or religions. Those being the West is more concerned with behavior, faith and doctrine where as the East seem to be more about helping a state of mind without resorting to a method of thought reform.

If you guys are interested you may want to check out a Brother Edward Salisbury and Todd Murphy who are both on Youtube and give it a think.
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