29 – Philosophy of the Tao

Alan Watts Being in the Way

March 28, 2024

Join us on a journey of contemplation and enlightenment in this captivating introduction to Taoism.

Discover the profound wisdom of Taoist philosophy with Alan Watts as he invites us to embrace the course of nature. Through insightful exploration, he delves into the timeless significance of Yin and Yang, illustrating their inseparable connection and guiding us toward a deeper understanding of harmony and balance in existence.

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In this episode, Alan Watts speaks about:

  • Ancient Chinese philosophies
  • How social institutions are mistaken for the real world
  • The self, Confucianism, and the roles we play in life
  • Taoism and the basic energy of the universe
  • Tao as the force of nature
  • How space and solid are two facets of one reality
  • Yang and Yin, positive and negative, male and female
  • Conscious dying and preparing to let go
  • Acting in accordance with nature

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“It is the inner connection, or rather the inseparability of Yang and Yin, which is what is meant by Tao. That’s why Tao cannot be explained. The reason again if I may put it in another way is that all thinking is classification. It’s asking ‘is you is or is you aint’. Is it this or is it that. After all, if you want to say something is inside it requires an outside. You can’t have an inside without an outside or an outside without an inside.” – Alan Watts

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