Download Does It Matter?: Essays on Man's Relation to Materiality by Alan Watts PDF

By Alan Watts

It is a sequence of essays representing thinker Alan Watts's most modern pondering at the outstanding difficulties of man's family to his fabric surroundings. the fundamental topic is that civilized guy confuses image with fact, his methods of describing and measuring the area with the area itself, and hence places himself into the absurd state of affairs of who prefer funds to wealth and consuming the menu rather than the dinner.

Thus, together with his cognizance locked upon numbers and ideas, guy is more and more subconscious of nature and of his overall dependence upon air, water, vegetation, animals, bugs, and micro organism. He has been hallucinated into the concept that the so-called "external" global is a cluster of "objects" cut loose himself, that he "encounters" it, that he comes into it rather than out of it. as a result, our species is fouling its personal nest and is in drawing close probability of self-obliteration.

Here, a thinker whose works were often occupied with mysticism and Oriental philosophy will get right down to the "nitty-gritty" difficulties of economics, expertise, garments, cooking, and housing.

Show description

Read or Download Does It Matter?: Essays on Man's Relation to Materiality PDF

Best spirituality books

Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill

A molecular biologist grew to become Buddhist monk, defined by way of scientists as "the happiest guy alive," demonstrates the way to strengthen the interior stipulations for precise happiness.

For millennia, philosophers, writers and artists have sought the foremost to human happiness. A Buddhist monk and previous cellphone biologist, Ricard bargains his personal musings in regards to the nature of happiness and tips to reach it in his occasionally tedious, occasionally dynamic consultant. Happiness, for Ricard, can't be present in fleeting studies of pleasure—the pleasure of a sunny day, the fresh flavor of an ice cream cone, the ecstasy of sex—but simply within the depths of an individual's being. Happiness isn't self-interested, yet really compassionate, looking the overall healthiness of others. If we're really chuffed, writes Ricard, we will be able to switch the realm as a result of our compassion for others and our wish to finish hatred and produce happiness even to these we don't like. For Ricard, happiness is a deep kingdom of wellbeing and fitness and knowledge that thrives in each second of lifestyles, regardless of the inevitability of affliction. contributors can, besides the fact that, discover ways to reduce agony in existence by way of training moderation in all issues, in addition to meditation. Meditative workouts that folks can perform to accomplish happiness look in each one bankruptcy. Ricard (Tibet: A Compassionate Eye) doesn't have a lot new to inform us approximately his topic, yet he imbues those reflections along with his personal deep feel of happiness and verve.

About the Author
Born in 1946, Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk, an writer, translator and photographer. He has lived, studied and labored within the Himalayan sector for over 40 years.

The son of French thinker Jean-François Revel and artist Yahne Le Toumelin, Matthieu grew up one of the personalities and ideas of Paris’ highbrow and creative circles. He earned a Ph. D measure in phone genetics on the popular Institut Pasteur below the Nobel Laureate Francois Jacob. In 1967, he travelled to India to satisfy nice religious masters from Tibet. He got the French nationwide Order of advantage for his humanitarian paintings within the East. For the previous couple of years, Dr. Ricard has committed his attempt and the royalties of his books to numerous charitable tasks in Asia, that come with development and keeping clinics, faculties and orphanages within the area. considering the fact that 1989, he has acted because the French interpreter for the Dalai Lama.

Stillness Speaks

In Stillness Speaks, best-selling writer Eckhart Tolle illuminates the elemental components of his educating, addressing the wishes of the trendy seeker via drawing from all religious traditions. on the middle of the publication is what the writer calls “the kingdom of presence,” a residing within the “now” that's either intensely inspirational and functional.

The Book of Chuang Tzu (Penguin Classics)

A masterpiece of historic chinese language philosophy, moment in effect in basic terms to the Tao Te Ching

one of many founders of Taoism, Chuang Tzu was once firmly against Confucian values of order, keep watch over, and hierarchy, believing the correct nation to be one the place primal, innate nature ideas. filled with profundity in addition to methods, knaves, sages, jokers, unbelievably named humans, and uptight Confucians, The booklet of Chuang Tzu perceives the Tao—the means of Nature—not as a time period to be defined yet as a route to stroll. Radical and subversive, making use of wit, humor, and surprise strategies, The booklet of Chuang Tzu bargains an interesting glance deep into chinese language tradition.

Beyond Happiness The Zen Way to True Contentment

Many books were released in recent times on happiness. Ezra Bayda, a remarkably down-to-earth Zen instructor, believes that the happiness "boom" has been mostly a bust for readers. Why? simply because it is exactly the pursuit of happiness that retains us trapped in cycles of dissatisfaction and soreness.

Extra resources for Does It Matter?: Essays on Man's Relation to Materiality

Example text

Each time a parent prays, Christ responds. His big message to moms and dads? Bring your children to me. Raise them in a greenhouse of prayer. indd 35 35 3 7/24/14 5:29 PM If You Are Afraid of Failure Try hard to do right, and you will win friends; go looking for trouble, and you will find it. Trust in your wealth, and you will be a failure, but God’s people will prosper like healthy plants. Pr ov er bs 11: 27–2 8 ce v And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life.

Bankrupt businesses and jail cells. Judean wildernesses, weddings, funerals, and Galilean tempests. Look and you’ll find what everyone from Moses to Martha discovered: God in the middle of our storms. That includes yours. indd 63 63 3 7/24/14 5:29 PM Fear Not Remember that I commanded you to be strong and brave. Don’t be afraid, because the Lord your God will be with you everywhere you go. Joshua 1:9 ncv \ Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Indd 45 45 3 7/24/14 5:29 PM Fear Not Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 gnt \ Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. indd 46 46 3 7/24/14 5:29 PM g o d is n e v e r s u r p r is e d Don’t pace up and down the floors of the waiting room; pray for a successful surgery. Don’t bemoan the collapse of an investment; ask God to help you. Don’t join the chorus of co-workers who complain about your boss; invite them to bow their heads with you and pray for him.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.16 of 5 – based on 21 votes