The Book by Alan Watts

Appearing on Desert Island Discs at the weekend, John Lloyd (writer and television producer, best known for his work on Blackadder and QI) chose THE BOOK: ON THE TABOO AGAINST KNOWING WHO YOU ARE by Alan Watts as the book he would take with him to a desert island. He described it as:

The best book I’ve ever read on the nature of what actually is, what the world is about.

Explaining man’s role in the universe as a unique expression of the total universe, and interdependent on it, Alan Watts offers a new understanding of personal identity. He presents an alternative to the feelings of alienation that is prevalent in Western modern society, and a vision of how we can come to understand the world as a whole.

Alan Watts was central to the introduction of Eastern philosophy and thought to Western readers, and was one of the best-known writers of the 1960s and 1970s.

Recommended reading

TAO: The Watercourse Way by Alan Watts
“A remarkable book… This book is a ‘must'” — Shambhala Review

THE WISDOM OF SUSTAINABILITY by Sulak Sivaraksa

A MEDITATOR’S DIARY by Jane Hamilton-Merritt

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