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Alan Watts recorded a series of lectures that examined the human condition through the lens of Zen theory. Watts notes everything not only comes from nothing originally, all things in the world rely on literally nothing for either meaning and existence.

Vivendi Entertainment
1 Season, 12 Episodes
December 31, 1972
Documentary & Biography
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  • While walking in a field above Muir Woods, Alan Watts points to humankind's attempts to straighten out a wiggly world as the root of our ecological crisis.

  • Alan Watts speaks about our most repressed sense. Here he introduces viewers to the intricacies of incense in front of a small Buddhist altar, while commenting on the types of incense used in Church rituals and all across Asia.

  • After talking about growing up near London, Alan Watts demonstrates a variety of cultural garb and points out how each influences the way we live and feel. His choices of attire include a western business suit and a kimono.

  • Alan Walks comments on the circle of life and our response to the surprising event of being born in the first place.

  • Alan Watts swirls an orange on a string and shoots an arrow high into the air before explaining why the art of living is being paid to play - and to the extent that we feel compelled to work and survive, life becomes a drag.

  • Alan Watts points out that our insistence that the past determines the present is nonsensical.

  • Alan Watts was concerned with the way we trap ourselves in words. He considered it unfortunate that we separate the "I" from reality and think of "I" in terms of how others see us or the image that we want to project. What is the answer?

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