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The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

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Modern Western culture and technology is inextricably tied to the belief in the existence of a self as a separate ego, separated from and in conflict with the rest of the world. In this classic book, Watts provides a lucid and simple presentation of an alternative view based on Hindu and Vedantic philosophy.

©1966 Alan Watts (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

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    Robert Lumley 29/09/2015
    Robert Lumley 29/09/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "Life changing"

    This IS the book we have been looking for, undeniable truth and thrilling in its premise. Incredible

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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  • Dylan
    09/04/15
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    "Invaluable Insight"

    Just to get it out of the way, I gave the 'performance' 3 stars because the narrator has a bit of a lisp, but I got used to it. Anyway, the actual review:

    I've long been a fan of Alan Watts. He communicates concepts from the East with much respect to the fundamental differences we in the West have in in terms of our understanding of reality and the thought process behind our actions. Most importantly, he does so with a sense of humor. I laughed out loud innumerable times throughout 'The Book', whether because of his taut mastery of dry humor or how it's used to illuminate something complicated in a refreshingly simple manner.

    I've digested a lot of literature on Buddhism and meditation, and have been practicing every day for about a year now, and what's discussed in this book brought satisfaction to a number of puzzles and frustrations I've acquired on my journey, some that I didn't even realize I had until he laid them out for me. Not only did it teach me where I am on the path to understanding, but it instilled confidence in myself for the way forward.

    I'd recommend this book to anyone, not until you've found some modicum of consistent success (good practice) with meditation, otherwise some of the musings may seem too ethereal to be of any value. Trust me, they aren't.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Diana
    Antelope Valley, CA, United States
    01/07/15
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    "Alan Watts is THE MAN! The HUMAN!"

    Alan Watts gives me so many light bulb moments when he talks that I feel all warm and bright and hopeful. He is the antidote to all the stupidity we are exposed to everyday.

    That's all.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • H. Lee
    Chesapeake, VA USA
    04/10/15
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    "Greatly enjoyed listening to narrator."

    The only thing that could have made listening to this book more perfect is if Alan Watts had narrated it himself.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Scott
    06/02/17
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    "One of the best books I've ever read."

    Hands down, one of the best books I have ever read. Alan Watts delivers one of the most well-thought out & peotic books on the nature of reality & human conciousness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • scooby doo
    29/07/16
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    "great BUT..."

    Its great but its not Alan Watts narrating. if you have heard him before this is a rehash of sll h uhh s lectures

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Agnieszka Maria Esden
    26/04/16
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    "Can't listen once. Profound."

    A very interesting approach to cosmology, sense of human experience.Easy enough to listen while driving, food for deep thought.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Andy
    Phoenix, AZ, United States
    04/03/16
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    "I love Alan watts!"

    I will need to listen a couple more times. And in the first go, it was great. Deeply thought provoking and creating a view of life that opens it up while bringing more meaning. I recommend!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • William Gigac
    14/12/15
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    "Alan Watts at his best!"

    Philosophy is (or should be) unimpeded logic and Alan Watts hits the mark. If one is not familiar with Mr. Watts you will find that each of his statements, whether or not you are in agreement, are followed by a pragmatic example. Rather than accepting or rejecting the dialogue the reader should assess each statement without prejudices to gain any individual benefit.

    As far as the narration is concerned, I have a prejudice. To imitate Alan Watts in presentation is difficult at best but the narration is acceptable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L.A.
    26/09/15
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    "Very impressed! One of the most brilliant books!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it to everyone, but I know not everyone will get the philosophical debt of it or be ready for it. But for those who are thinkers, this is a gem!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me contemplate all the ideas and think of the world differently. It defintely changed how I look at myself, my life and the world entirely.


    Any additional comments?

    It is one of the most brilliant books I have read in a long time. And trust, me I read a lot of this stuff. But this was incredibly thought-provoking!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • david
    23/03/15
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    "deep philosophy"

    complex concepts explained in a simple way,listen attentively. I liked the way how he explains the notion of god,

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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