significance of Alan Watts.
Alan Watts—Here and Now
explores the intellectual legacy and continuing relevance of a prolific writer
and speaker who was a major influence on American culture during the latter half
of the twentieth century. A thinker attuned to the spiritual malaise affecting
the Western mind, Watts (1915–1973) provided intellectual and spiritual
alternatives that helped shape the Beat culture of the 1950s and the
counterculture of the 1960s. Well known for introducing Buddhist and Daoist
spirituality to a wide Western audience, he also wrote on psychology, mysticism,
and psychedelic experience. Many idolized Watts as a guru-mystic, yet he was
also dismissed as intellectually shallow and as a mere popularizer of Asian
religions (the “Norman Vincent Peale of Zen”). Both critical and appreciative,
this edited volume locates Watts at the forefront of major paradigmatic shifts
in Western intellectual life. Contributors explore how Watts’s work resonates in
present-day scholarship on psychospiritual transformation, Buddhism and
psychotherapy, Daoism in the West, phenomenology and hermeneutics, humanistic
and transpersonal psychology, mysticism, and ecofeminism, among other areas.
“If you’ve ever felt ‘at one’ with something—your beloved or your child, a wooded trail, a favorite song—then you’ve experienced intermeditation,” teaches Surya Das .Based on Tibetan Buddhism’s core insights into the deeply connected nature of who we are, intermeditation offers both new and experienced meditators a fresh new way to commune with every moment—on and off the cushion—in oneness with our partners, our family and friends, our enemies, those in need near or far, our higher Selves, and Nature itself.
Kathleen Dowling Singh invites us to enter into an awakened relationship with our lives by exploring our own spiritual biography. Her thoughtful reflections and exercises guide us through the process, step-by-step, of recognizing the ever-presence of grace in our lives and learning to trust it and live from it.
This book also offers accounts from renowned teachers, including Rodney Smith, Cynthia Bourgeault, and Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, as well as other long-time practitioners. These intimate first-person accounts offer rare glimpses into early spiritual yearnings, struggles, and realizations—and serve as encouragement and inspiration for us to rediscover our own.
Cobb teaches us to look at the world as a record of the soul's struggles to awaken and as the soul's poetry. From this perspective, the real basis of the mind is poetic. Beauty, love, and creativity are as much instincts of the soul as sexuality or hunger. Cobb shows us how artists and mystics can teach us the meaning of love, death, and beauty, if only we can awaken to their creations. The exemplars here are Dante, Rumi, Rilke, Munch, Lorca, Schumann, and Tarkovsky.
and Western approaches.
Integral Psychology connects Eastern
and Western approaches to psychology and healing. Psychology in the East has
focused on our inner being and spiritual foundation of the psyche. Psychology in
the West has focused on our outer being and the wounding of the body-heart-mind
and self. Each requires the other to complete it, and in bringing them together
an integral view of psychology comes into view.
The classical Indian
yogas are used as a way to see psychotherapy: psychotherapy as behavior change
or karma yoga; psychotherapy as mindfulness practice or jnana
yoga; psychotherapy as opening the heart or bhakti yoga. Finally, an
integral approach is suggested that synthesizes traditional Western and Eastern
practices for healing, growth, and transformation.
“Very few books go
deeply into the spiritual area that Wilber calls the Subtle, but this one does
it brilliantly … It opens up the spiritual heart of the person in a way that
makes the further journey into the more abstract realms easier and less
stressful.” — BACP North London Magazine
“The discussion of how
the three primary yogas—jnana, karma, and bhakti—can be applied
within Western psychotherapies is excellent. The account of mindfulness practice
is first-rate, as, too, is the discussion of bhakti practice and the
opening of the heart. The author has a great deal to contribute to an important
area of inquiry.” — Michael Washburn, author of Embodied Spirituality in a
“Cortright’s synthesis of Eastern and Western spiritual
and psychological perspectives is insightful, well developed, and often
profound. I have been stimulated to think about psychotherapeutic problems from
a larger perspective.” — John E. Nelson, M.D., author of Healing the Split: