This is the third in our new series of Idler Guide books.
In an era of mindfulness and new age fads, authentic Eastern Philosophy is rarely explored. This is partly because it is complex and counter-intuitive – and far more than just about developing compassion, or improving one’s karma (in fact the concepts of compassion and karma in Eastern thought are widely misunderstood).
Novelist and Guardian columnist Tim Lott has prepared a short guide to the fundamental principles of Buddhism, Taoism and Zen, three of the most important strands in the Eastern tradition. Usually understood as being forms of religions, they are in fact sophisticated systems of thought – although not ones easily grasped by the Western mind.
Using as his main source the legendary Orientalist writer Alan Watts (1915-1973), Tim Lott has condensed the principal ideas that lay behind the Eastern way of imagining the world. It will surprise you and suggest to you a profoundly different way of viewing our place in the universe (Watts called it “the world turned upside down”). For those interested in escaping the anxiety, regret and neurosis of 21st century life, Eastern Philosophy, with its emphasis on the Now and the power of instinct and spontaneity, could revolutionize the way you think – if you have the courage to abandon just about every assumption you have ever held about the world…
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