By Peter J. Columbus, Donadrian L. Rice
Considers the contributions and modern importance of Alan Watts. Alan Watts—Here and Now explores the highbrow legacy and carrying on with relevance of a prolific author and speaker who used to be a huge impact on American tradition through the latter half the 20th century. A philosopher attuned to the religious malaise affecting the Western brain, Watts (1915–1973) supplied highbrow and religious choices that contributed to shaping the Beat tradition of the Nineteen Fifties and the counterculture of the Sixties. renowned for introducing Buddhist and Daoist spirituality to a large Western viewers, he additionally wrote on psychology, mysticism, and psychedelic adventure. Many idolized Watts as a guru-mystic, but he used to be additionally disregarded as intellectually shallow and as a trifling popularizer of Asian religions (the “Norman Vincent Peale of Zen”). either serious and appreciative, this edited quantity locates Watts on the vanguard of significant paradigmatic shifts in Western highbrow existence. individuals discover how Watts’s paintings resonates in present-day scholarship on psychospiritual transformation, Buddhism and psychotherapy, Daoism within the West, phenomenology and hermeneutics, humanistic and transpersonal psychology, mysticism, and ecofeminism, between different components. “Columbus and Rice have prepare a quantity that's good conceived, good written, good edited, and obtainable to undergraduates in addition to scholars.” — selection “Watts was once a stunningly great writer—far greater than virtually somebody writing then or now; he truly had grasped ‘the essence of Zen.’ each essay during this publication throws new gentle at the relevance of his principles for at the present time, and those written through those who find themselves additionally historic figures within the circles Watts moved in and wrote out of supply interesting old tidbits. I enthusiastically suggest this book.” — Jeffrey J. Kripal, writer of Esalen: the US and the faith of No faith Peter J. Columbus is Administrator of the Shantigar origin in Rowe, Massachusetts. Donadrian L. Rice is Professor of Psychology on the college of West Georgia. also they are the coeditors of Psychology of the Martial Arts.
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The existence of these "unseen worlds" is not dogmatically affirmed by James, and he is certainly no ardent defender of any particular description of the contours of the "landscape'' and "scenery" of these worlds or levels of awareness; but he does feel that these experiences are best understood as a dynamic interaction of two factors: a transnatural source (or sources) and a person's interpretative framework (which is structured and generated by his or her subjective interests, as well as various physiological and sociological factors).
And all these tricks for logicizing originality, self-relation, absolute process, subjective contradiction, will wither in the breath of the mystical fact. The monistic notion of oneness, a centred wholeness, ultimate purpose, or climateric result of the world, has wholly given way. Thought evolves no longer a centred whole, a One, but rather a numberless many, adjust it how we will. 49 Having by this time experienced for himself the mystical insights that can arise during an anaesthetic trance, James accepts Blood's post-trance proclamations as those of a seasoned mystic.
Therefore, James's emphasis on the transient nature of mystical experience is, at best, only partially accurate, and at worst (as will become apparent in chapter 5), undermines his understanding of the crucial interrelationship that exists between mysticism and saintliness. James's discussion on the transiency of mystical experience does, however, contain some helpful (if relatively terse) insights. For instance, after he points out that the vividness of a mystical experience tends to fade in the memory of the mystic after he or she comes back to everyday awareness.
Alan Watts-Here and Now: Contributions to Psychology, Philosophy, and Religion by Peter J. Columbus, Donadrian L. Rice