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This Is It

and Other Essays on Zen and Spiritual Experience

This Is It by Alan W. Watts
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The six essays in this volume all deal with the relationship of mystical experience to ordinary life. The title essay on "cosmic consciousness" includes the author's account of his own ventures into this inward realm. "Instinct, Intelligence, and Anxiety" is a study of the paradoxes of self-consciousness; "Spiritually and Sensuality," a lively discussion of the false opposition of spirit and matter; and "The New Alchemy," a balanced account of states of consciousness akin to spiritual experience induced by the aid of lysergic acid. The collection also includes the text of Watts' celebrated pamphlet, "Beat Zen, Square Zen, and Zen."

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group; September 2011
160 pages; ISBN 9780307784322
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Title: This Is It
Author: Alan W. Watts
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