Thursday, May 28, 2009
My brother-in-law hooked me up with this set at Xmas, and I only just finished the 12th hour-long CD. These lectures are much more accessible than Watts' books, which can be tough going and at times dry and academic. Don't believe me? Try The Supreme Identity! I think reading Watts is a lot like pole-sitting in the desert, in that one suffers merciless deprivation but achieves rewarding enlightenment afterward.
Here Watts is more groovy and guru-y. I can see him smoking a spliff, sitting on his houseboat with shirt open, talking dharma and Hindu deities. That's not to say that the material is light, by any means; the presentation is merely more laid-back, with goofy humorous interjections.