The Joyous Cosmology

Originally published in 1962; new edition includes article on psychedelics written for the California Law Review"--Provided by publisher.

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Author: Alan W. Watts

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 9781608682041

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 119

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"Philosopher Alan Watts describes his experiences with consciousness-changing drugs and the levels of insight that they can facilitate, illuminating questions about the nature of existence and the existence of the sacred. Originally published in 1962; new edition includes article on psychedelics written for the California Law Review"--Provided by publisher.

The Joyous Cosmology

Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness Alan W. Watts. the joyous cosmology. The Joyous Cosmology.

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Author: Alan W. Watts

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 9781608682058

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 152

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In describing the effects of mescaline, Aldous Huxley’s The Doors of Perception opened a proverbial door for a generation of seekers. Watts walked through it with this classic account of the levels of insight that consciousness-changing drugs can facilitate “when accompanied with sustained philosophical reflection by a person who is in search, not of kicks, but of understanding.” Watts and peers including foreword authors Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert (then Harvard professors) anticipated physicists’ recognizing the individual’s “inseparability from the rest of the world,” the work of New Age thinkers who combine scientific findings and spiritual experiences, and federally funded clinical trials utilizing psilocybin to treat a variety of conditions. More than an artifact, The Joyous Cosmology is both a riveting memoir of Watts’s personal experiments and a profound meditation on our perennial questions about the nature of existence and the existence of the sacred.

Alan Watts Here and Now

Considers the contributions and contemporary significance of Alan Watts.

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Author: Peter J. Columbus

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438441993

Category: Philosophy

Page: 253

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Considers the contributions and contemporary significance of Alan Watts.

Still the Mind

Mark Watts compiled this book from his father's extensive journals and audiotapes of famous lectures he delivered in his later years across the country.

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Author: Alan Watts

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 1577313291

Category: Religion

Page: 128

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Mark Watts compiled this book from his father's extensive journals and audiotapes of famous lectures he delivered in his later years across the country. In three parts, Alan Watts explains the basic philosophy of meditation, how individuals can practice a variety of meditations, and how inner wisdom grows naturally.

The Collected Letters of Alan Watts

The Collected Letters of Alan Watts reveals the remarkable arc of Watts's colorful and controversial life, from his school days in England to his priesthood in the Anglican Church as chaplain of Northwestern University to his alternative ...

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Author: Alan Watts

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 9781608686087

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 632

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Philosopher, author, and lecturer Alan Watts (1915–1973) popularized Zen Buddhism and other Eastern philosophies for the counterculture of the 1960s. Today, new generations are finding his writings and lectures online, while faithful followers worldwide continue to be enlightened by his teachings. The Collected Letters of Alan Watts reveals the remarkable arc of Watts's colorful and controversial life, from his school days in England to his priesthood in the Anglican Church as chaplain of Northwestern University to his alternative lifestyle and experimentation with LSD in the heyday of the late sixties. His engaging letters cover a vast range of subject matter, with recipients ranging from High Church clergy to high priests of psychedelics, government officials, publishers, critics, family, and fans. They include C. G. Jung, Henry Miller, Gary Snyder, Aldous Huxley, Reinhold Niebuhr, Timothy Leary, Joseph Campbell, and James Hillman. Watts’s letters were curated by two of his daughters, Joan Watts and Anne Watts, who have added rich, behind-the-scenes biographical commentary. Edited by Joan Watts & Anne Watts

In My Own Way

In this new edition of his acclaimed autobiography — long out of print and rare until now — Alan Watts tracks his spiritual and philosophical evolution.

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Author: Alan Watts

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 9781577319931

Category: Religion

Page: 400

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In this new edition of his acclaimed autobiography — long out of print and rare until now — Alan Watts tracks his spiritual and philosophical evolution. A child of religious conservatives in rural England, he went on to become a freewheeling spiritual teacher who challenged Westerners to defy convention and think for themselves. Watts's portrait of himself shows that he was a philosophical renegade from early on in his intellectual life. Self-taught in many areas, he came to Buddhism through the teachings of Christmas Humphreys and D. T. Suzuki. Told in a nonlinear style, In My Own Way combines Watts's brand of unconventional philosophy with wry observations on Western culture and often hilarious accounts of gurus, celebrities, and psychedelic drug experiences. A charming foreword by Watts's father sets the tone of this warm, funny, and beautifully written story. Watts encouraged readers to “follow your own weird” — something he always did himself, as this remarkable account of his life shows.

Does It Matter

This classic series of essays represents Alan Watts's thinking on the astonishing problems caused by our dysfunctional relationship with the material environment.

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Author: Alan W. Watts

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 1577318390

Category: Philosophy

Page: 144

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This classic series of essays represents Alan Watts's thinking on the astonishing problems caused by our dysfunctional relationship with the material environment. Here, with characteristic wit, a philosopher best known for his writings and teachings about mysticism and Eastern philosophy gets down to the nitty-gritty problems of economics, technology, clothing, cooking, and housing. Watts argues that we confuse symbol with reality, our ways of describing and measuring the world with the world itself, and thus put ourselves into the absurd situation of preferring money to wealth and eating the menu instead of the dinner. With our attention locked on numbers and concepts, we are increasingly unconscious of nature and of our total dependence on air, water, plants, animals, insects, and bacteria. We have hallucinated the notion that the so-called external world is a cluster of objects separate from ourselves, that we encounter it, that we come into it instead of out of it. Originally published in 1972, Does It Matter? foretells the environmental problems that arise from this mistaken mind-set. Not all of Watts's predictions have come to pass, but his unique insights will change the way you look at the world.

Eastern Wisdom Modern Life

In this compilation of controversial lectures that Watts delivered at American universities throughout the sixties, he challenges readers to reevaluate Western culture's most hallowed constructs.

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Author: Alan Watts

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 9781577319221

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

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Alan Watts introduced millions of Western readers to Zen and other Eastern philosophies. But he is also recognized as a brilliant commentator on Judeo-Christian traditions, as well as a celebrity philosopher who exemplified the ideas — and lifestyle — of the 1960s counterculture. In this compilation of controversial lectures that Watts delivered at American universities throughout the sixties, he challenges readers to reevaluate Western culture's most hallowed constructs. Watts treads the familiar ground of interpreting Eastern traditions, but he also covers new territory, exploring the counterculture's basis in the ancient tribal and shamanic cultures of Asia, Siberia, and the Americas. In the process, he addresses some of the era's most important questions: What is the nature of reality? How does an individual's relationship to society affect this reality? Filled with Watts's playful, provocative style, the talks show the remarkable scope of a philosopher at his prime, exploring and defining the sixties counterculture as only Alan Watts could.

The Happiness Fantasy

Alan Watts, The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness (Novato: New World Library, 1962/2013), p. 7. 11. Watts, The Joyous Cosmology ...

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Author: Carl Cederström

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781509523849

Category: History

Page: 200

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In this devastatingly witty new book, Carl Cederström traces our present-day conception of happiness from its roots in early-twentieth-century European psychiatry, to the Beat generation, to Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump. He argues that happiness is now defined by a desire to be "authentic", to experience physical pleasure, and to cultivate a quirky individuality. But over the last fifty years, these once-revolutionary ideas have been co-opted by corporations and advertisers, pushing us to live lives that are increasingly unfulfilling, insecure and narcissistic. In an age of increasing austerity and social division, Cederström argues that a radical new dream of happiness is gathering pace. There is a vision of the good life which promotes deeper engagement with the world and our place within it, over the individualism and hedonism of previous generations. Guided by this more egalitarian worldview, we can reinvent ourselves and our societies.

The Last Chronicle of Man

This is THAT BOOK we can all agree we would want to take with us if we were only allowed one book. This is that book for the desert island or for the stormy waves of human emotion that float on the great energy table called "NEW YORK CITY.

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Author: Laszlo Kovacs

Publisher:

ISBN: 1981559531

Category:

Page: 164

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The Last Chronicle of Man, by Laszlo Kovacs, is a wonderful and beautiful book of love and hate, good and evil, dawn and sunset, life and death, spring and winter, with miracles scattered about here and there. It will be the most amazing book you have ever read.I am speaking from my own experience of having read it and fell in love with it. I am a Ph.D., a Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Religion, who is 75 years old. I read continuously. This is THAT BOOK we can all agree we would want to take with us if we were only allowed one book. This is that book for the desert island or for the stormy waves of human emotion that float on the great energy table called "NEW YORK CITY."I've read the great philosophical and religious classic texts of the West, the great philosophical and religious texts of the East---Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism---I've been introduced to the sacred mysteries of the Native American ceremonies and of the Tibetans, I've published hundreds of books and papers and poems, read thousands more, and if you took all I've read and bundled it up into one package you still wouldn't have all the mystery and truth and love and devotion that you would get from reading THE LAST CHRONICLE OF MAN.In short, THIS IS THE BOOK. Alan Watts tried to write one but his isn't even a cartoon version of this GREAT BOOK. Everything in Jung's THE JOYOUS COSMOLOGY is in this book even though there are neither photographs nor paintings.I'm sure you will agree after you read it, though it will take a lot longer than you think. It is a huge book and I envy you the joy you will experience as you read through it for the first time.

Resistance and Contemplation

Huxley's final book, Island, and Watts' Joyous Cosmology together comprise the two major elements in a theology of psychedelics.

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Author: James W. Douglass

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781597526098

Category: Religion

Page: 196

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I rejoice in this day and in this book becoming available once again. At Jonah House, the place I've called home for 33 years, we've had numerous copies of it in the years since it was first published. One copy remains - dog-eared, read, reread, studied. It was a book that we reflected on together in community - the backbone, if you will, next to the Scriptures - of our on-going resistance out of community. Elizabeth McAlister, Jonah House (from the foreword) This book has been of extraordinary significance to large numbers of young people, resisters, prisoners, searchers, many who have been increasingly perplexed and anguished by the course of American life in the world. My brother Philip and I have used it in numerous sessions with students and others, who found in it the sustenance necessary to allow them to take the next step in their struggle on behalf of life. It seems to me that this book will continue, in its own quiet and persistent way, to reach those Americans who are capable of inviting us into any future worth speaking about. Daniel Berrigan From perspectives of truth, nonviolence and resistance to personal and cultural violence, this book is among the few important books of the last decade. Neutrality to this book is impossible -- people will view it as a gift, or they will reject it as a threat....enlightening, strengthening, liberating. Philip Berrigan Jim Douglass is a writer and a Catholic Worker. He and his wife Shelley are co-founders of the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in Poulsbo, WA, and Mary's House, a Catholic Worker house of hospitality in Birmingham, AL. He is currently writing three books on the assassinations of the Kennedys, Malcom X and King in the 1960's (with Orbis Books). The James Douglass Reprint Series: The Non-Violent Cross Resistance and Contemplation Lightning East to West The Nonviolent Coming of God

Alan Watts In the Academy

THE JOYOUS COSMOLOGY: ADVENTURES IN THE CHEMISTRY OF CONSCIOUSNESS (1962) Gorham, D. R. (1963). The new world of superconsciousness.

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Author: Alan Watts

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438465555

Category: Philosophy

Page: 390

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Explores language and mysticism, Buddhism and Zen, Christianity, comparative religion, psychedelics, and psychology and psychotherapy. To commemorate the 2015 centenary of the birth of Alan Watts (1915–1973), Peter J. Columbus and Donadrian L. Rice have assembled a much-needed collection of Watts’s scholarly essays and lectures. Compiled from professional journals, monographs, scholarly books, conferences, and symposia proceedings, the volume sheds valuable light on the developmental arc of Watts’s thinking about language and mysticism, Buddhism and Zen, Christianity, comparative religion, psychedelics, and psychology and psychotherapy. This definitive collection challenges Watts’s reputation as a “popularizer” or “philosophical entertainer,” revealing his concerns to be much more expansive and transdisciplinary than is suggested by the parochial “Zen Buddhist” label commonly affixed to his writings. The editors’ authoritative introduction elucidates contemporary perspectives on Watts’s life and work, and supports a bold rethinking of his contributions to psychology, philosophy, and religion. “This excellent volume is important in establishing Watts as perhaps the most important Western thinker and writer on Eastern religions and philosophy, as well as comparative religions, of the twentieth century.” — John W. Traphagan, author of Rethinking Autonomy: A Critique of Principlism in Biomedical Ethics

Cannabis Philosophy for Everyone

12 Alan Watts, The Joyous Cosmology (New York:Vintage, 1965), p. xix; see also p. 26. 13 Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell (New ...

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Author: Dale Jacquette

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781405199674

Category: Philosophy

Page: 264

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The debate on the status and legality of cannabis continues to gain momentum. Here, personal anecdotes combined with academic and scientific reports combine to sharpen some of the fascinating philosophical issues associated with cannabis use. A frank, professionally informed and playful discussion of cannabis usage in relation to philosophical inquiry Considers the meaning of a ‘high’, the morality of smoking marijuana for pleasure, the slippery slope to more dangerous drugs, and the human drive to alter our consciousness Not only incorporates contributions from philosophers, psychologists, sociologists or legal, pharmacological, and medical experts, but also non-academics associated with the cultivation, distribution, and sale of cannabis Brings together an international team of writers from the United States, Canada, UK, Finland, Switzerland, South Africa, New Zealand, and Iran

Altered States

The main text of The Joyous Cosmology is only fourteen pages; however, the additional material attached—foreword, preface, prologue, and epilogue—is in many ...

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Author: Douglas Osto

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231541411

Category: Religion

Page: 352

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In the 1960s, Americans combined psychedelics with Buddhist meditation to achieve direct experience through altered states of consciousness. As some practitioners became more committed to Buddhism, they abandoned the use of psychedelics in favor of stricter mental discipline, but others carried on with the experiment, advancing a fascinating alchemy called psychedelic Buddhism. Many think exploration with psychedelics in Buddhism faded with the revolutionary spirit of the sixties, but the underground practice has evolved into a brand of religiosity as eclectic and challenging as the era that created it. Altered States combines interviews with well-known figures in American Buddhism and psychedelic spirituality—including Lama Surya Das, Erik Davis, Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Sensei, Rick Strassman, and Charles Tart—and personal stories of everyday practitioners to define a distinctly American religious phenomenon. The nuanced perspective that emerges, grounded in a detailed history of psychedelic religious experience, adds critical depth to debates over the controlled use of psychedelics and drug-induced mysticism. The book also opens new paths of inquiry into such issues as re-enchantment, the limits of rationality, the biochemical and psychosocial basis of altered states of consciousness, and the nature of subjectivity.

Esalen

With Leary, moreover (who co-wrote the foreword to The Joyous Cosmology with his Harvard colleague Richard Alpert), it would not be long before an entire ...

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Author: Jeffrey J. Kripal

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226453712

Category: Religion

Page: 594

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Jeffrey Kripal here recounts the spectacular history of Esalen, the institute that has long been a world leader in alternative and experiential education and stands today at the center of the human potential movement. Forged in the literary and mythical leanings of the Beat Generation, inspired in the lecture halls of Stanford by radical scholars of comparative religion, the institute was the remarkable brainchild of Michael Murphy and Richard Price. Set against the heady backdrop of California during the revolutionary 1960s, Esalen recounts in fascinating detail how these two maverick thinkers sought to fuse the spiritual revelations of the East with the scientific revolutions of the West, or to combine the very best elements of Zen Buddhism, Western psychology, and Indian yoga into a decidedly utopian vision that rejected the dogmas of conventional religion. In their religion of no religion, the natural world was just as crucial as the spiritual one, science and faith not only commingled but became staunch allies, and the enlightenment of the body could lead to the full realization of our development as human beings. “An impressive new book. . . . [Kripal] has written the definitive intellectual history of the ideas behind the institute.”—San Francisco Chronicle “Kripal examines Esalen’s extraordinary history and evocatively describes the breech birth of Murphy and Price’s brainchild. His real achievement, though, is effortlessly synthesizing a dizzying array of dissonant phenomena (Cold War espionage, ecstatic religiosity), incongruous pairings (Darwinism, Tantric sex), and otherwise schizy ephemera (psychedelic drugs, spaceflight) into a cogent, satisfyingly complete narrative.”—Atlantic Monthly “Kripal has produced the first all-encompassing history of Esalen: its intellectual, social, personal, literary and spiritual passages. Kripal brings us up-to-date and takes us deep beneath historical surfaces in this definitive, elegantly written book.”—Playboy

An Introduction to Islamic Cosmological Doctrines

... by our treatment of Islamic cosmology in the present work . ... representations to the joyous cosmology " associated with hallucigenic experiences .

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Author: Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791415155

Category: Philosophy

Page: 322

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This is the only book to deal with classical Islamic cosmology as it was formulated by the Ikhwan al-S'afa al Biruni and Ibn Sina during the tenth and eleventh centuries. These figures influenced all the later centuries of Islamic history and in fact created the cosmological framework within which all later scientific activity in the Islamic world was carried out--the enduring image of the cosmos within which Muslims have lived during the past millennium. Nasr writes from within the Islamic tradition and demonstrates how, based on the teachings of the Quran and the Prophet, the figures treated in this work integrated elements drawn from various ancient schools of philosophy and the sciences. This book is unique in its treatment of classical Islamic cosmology as seen from within the Islamic world-view and provides a key for understanding of traditional Islamic thought. -- Back cover.

A Summary of Buddhadharma

The book includes a brief appendix presenting examples of profound dharma teachings drawn from both modern and ancient authorities in several different practice traditions.

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Author: Michael Wolf

Publisher:

ISBN: 0615563287

Category:

Page: 136

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A very concise introduction to Buddhism and Buddhist spiritual practices written by a long-time American practitioner. The book includes a brief appendix presenting examples of profound dharma teachings drawn from both modern and ancient authorities in several different practice traditions.

The New Age Labyrinth

The Joyous Cosmology “I try to go deeper, sinking thought and feeling down and down to their ultimate beginnings. What do I mean by loving myself?

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Author: James Findlay

Publisher: James Findlay

ISBN: 9781419610394

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

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Do you know which path you are on? Do you feel divinely connected and linked to all things? Do you feel at home with your spiritual knowledge? Have you changed your chakras and become karma less