am 23. Juni 2000
Alan Watts has always had the most amazing ability to speak the unspeakable, and in The Way of Zen you will feel the true essence of Zen as long as you don't get hung up on the words.To get the point, one must read without "reading" because Zen itself can never be put into words. But as you are taken through Zen's conception, birth, growth, and finally into the arts - you will notice that: "this ain't just literature." I have adored Alan's style of writing for over 25 years now, and I must say that this is one his best books, and surely the best ever writen on the subject ( with the one possible exception of D.T. Susuki's writings.) However, I have always found Watts to be more enjoyable, because he understands the western mind and the complications we will inevitably encounter while trying to understand something so completely Chinese as Zen. As you read, you will notice an intimacy develope between author and reader, master and student, or master and master. This book is not only for the serious student of Zen, but for anyone who enjoys eastern thought and "mysticism."
am 13. Januar 2000
This book is one of those rare and inspiring ones that melds a passionate spirituality with some history, an intense regard for humanity, and a wonderful sense of humor. Its the kind of book you read and think to yourself "These are things I've know all along and just couldn't put into words." Every work of Alan Watts is a gem as far as I'm concerned, but every word in this book in particular gives the impression that here is a man who laughed a lot and who enjoyed every aspect of living. I can't recommend it too highly.
am 3. Oktober 1999
I read this book (several times) more or less the year of it's publication. Now I'm buying a copy for my daughter who'se studying to be a Certified Massage Therapist and needs a useful understanding of the Oriental approach to life, spirituality and healing. I remember it as being not only a comprehensible discussion of Oriental thought, but also that it proved to be remarkably accurate to the spirit of these paths.
am 12. Juni 1999
Generally speaking, Watts doesn't appeal to new-age crystal fairies, channelers, and so forth, and if you prefer your Zen texts all poetical and mysterious, then this book isn't for you; but if you want a treatment of Zen as an important, credible and viable philosophical tradition, then you'll like this book. It's not an easy read, but this is good, solid, hardheaded Watts.
am 5. Februar 2000
Watts is a scholar, first and foremost, and a brilliant writer. In this book, you'll learn where Zen came from. It has its origins in India, where Buddhism was created, and then became as fresh as a gust of wind on its way through China and Chinese Taoism. Zen reached its full fruition after it arrived in Japan.
The book is separated into two sections. The first tells the history of Zen. The second describes the practice of Zen. But all the while, Watts opens your mind and you get the real FEEL of Zen. I'm the author of the book, Self-Help Stuff That Works, and I can tell you that Watts' way of writing works: It will change the way you look at the world. This book is very much worth reading.