This is It: And Other Essays on Zen and Spiritual Experience by Alan Watts

By Alan Watts

The six essays during this quantity all take care of the connection of mystical adventure to boring lifestyles. The identify essay on "cosmic consciousness" contains the author's account of his personal ventures into this inward realm. "Instinct, Intelligence, and Anxiety" is a research of the paradoxes of self-consciousness; "Spiritually and Sensuality," a full of life dialogue of the fake competition of spirit and subject; and "The New Alchemy," a balanced account of states of recognition equivalent to non secular adventure caused by way of assistance from lysergic acid. the gathering additionally comprises the textual content of Watts' celebrated pamphlet, "Beat Zen, sq. Zen, and Zen."

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Nyozen’s lay name was Takihime (or Takino according to the account in the Buked¯i o¯shinshu¯ – Imai), and she had been of the household of O [ 60 ] J I Z O¯ STANDS UP Toshiharu, a retainer of the Uesugi family. She trained under Geno¯, the founder of Kaizo¯ji temple, and in 1313 she grasped the essence of Zen, presenting this poem to her teacher: The bottom fell out of the bucket of that woman of humble birth; The pale moon of dawn is caught in the rain-puddles  (1) What does the poem about the water from the waterpipe caught in the bucket really mean?

Ichinyo (Miyata Chu¯yu¯), Ryu¯mon (Hirata Yasumaru) and others examined the records of Zen at the palace; Mumon ¯ i Kiyomichi), Rakuzan (Suzuki Yoshitaka) and others took (O the documents on sho¯gun Zen; Ryo¯zen (Ishii Tokihisa), Katei (Yamada Toshiaki) and others studied warrior Zen; Daian and Kido¯ worked solely on Kamakura Zen. But many of them had official duties and little time for the research, and if they were sent abroad it had to be set aside. Moreover those officials in the ministries of Education and the Army who had given support round about 1878, were completely occupied with their political responsibilities when the Satsuma rebellion broke out, and had no opportunity for anything else.

What would you be wanting with a word or half a word? The old master Daikaku went deep into the forest and put one word down there, and now the whole Zen world is tearing itself to pieces on the thorns, trying to find it. If the reverend Ryo¯-A before me wishes to grasp that one word, then without opening the mouth, do you recite the su¯tra of noword. If you fail in your awareness of the no-word, you will at once lose the one word. Displayed, the one word is [ 54 ] DAIKAKU’S ONE-ROBE ZEN set above the thirty-three heavens; buried, it is at the bottom of the eighth great hell.

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