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Alan Watts on Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life : On Being Vague (1959)

Episode 11
Only available in Canada, United States

The idea of clear-cut “definiteness” reflects as a sharp and somewhat hostile attitude to life. In this talk, Alan Watts shows the value of the vague and gentle approach reflected in Far Eastern poetry and painting.

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devatara, posted on October 30, 2015

Fabulous! Allan Watts on film. I read his work first when I was 9 years old in 1968. He was the first to bring Asian philosophy into our Western minds on a large scale. He is a philosopher, mind you, not a practitioner of Buddhism. But I must say, as I speak and write Chinese fluently and spent almost a decade of my life living in China and Tibet as the result, largely of the initial influence and inspiration of Allan Watts, that I joyfully listened and watched these early tapes. If you have the patience to linger through them, then maybe you can learn something about what we have learned since the 1960's and what we have not yet truly learned from what the Enlightened religion-philosophy of the East has to offer the modern Western world.

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