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The Wisdom of Insecurity (Riders Edition)

The Wisdom of Insecurity (Riders Edition)

Alan Watts



‎ 9780712695886


20.5 x 13.2 x 1.5 cm

144 pages

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We live in an age of unprecedented anxiety. Spending all our time trying to anticipate and plan for the future and to lamenting the past, we forget to embrace the here and now. We are so concerned with tomorrow that we forget to enjoy today. Drawing from Eastern philosophy and religion, Alan Watts shows that it is only by acknowledging what we do not—and cannot—know that we can learn anything truly worth knowing. In The Wisdom of Insecurity, he shows us how, in order to lead a fulfilling life, we must embrace the present—and live fully in the now. Featuring an Introduction by Deepak Chopra.

Alan W. Watts, who held both a master’s degree in theology and a doctorate of divinity, is best known as an interpreter of Zen Buddhism in particular, and of Indian and Chinese philosophy in general. Standing apart, however, from sectarian membership, he has earned the reputation of being one of the most original and “unrutted” philosophers of the twentieth century. He was the author of some twenty books on the philosophy and psychology of religion, including (in Vintage Books) The Way of Zen; Nature, Man, and Woman; Behold the Spirit; The Book; This Is It; Cloud Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown; and Tao. Watts died in 1973.

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