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On the “Unreflected Substantiality” of the Chinese Mind

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As the Chinese “silent invasion” of Australia, New Zealand, and Canada continues, you may want to learn something about the Western academics who lay the intellectual groundwork for this invasion. In a prior article, “The Transcendental Mind of Europeans Stands Above the Embedded Mind of Asians,” we met two influential scholars calling upon whites to abandon their “failed” attempts to formulate transcendental truths for the sake of the more “profound” contextual approach of Chinese philosophers with their demonstration that all thinking is “embedded” to a time and a place. Read more …

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The Wisdom of the East?

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Inspired by the unique revaluation of Alan Watts on Counter-Currents, I want to share my reflections on two decades of studying the “wisdom of the East” which Watts helped to popularize in his lifetime.

Indeed, I remember when I read Psychotherapy East and West, my first Watts book and also one of the first books I read about Eastern philosophy and religion. Read more …

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There & Then:
Personal & Memorial Reflections on Alan Watts (1915-1973)

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Alan Watts–Here and Now: Contributions to Psychology, Philosophy, and Religion
Ed. Peter J. Columbus and Donadrian L. Rice
Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2012

“It is the peculiar nature of my adolescent explorings of the Devon countryside . . . that made me what I am—and in many other ways besides writing. . . . I have never gained any taste for what lies beyond the experience of solitary discovery. . . . Read more …

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 85 
The Pursuit of Happiness 
Harmony, Inner & Outer, Part 1

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Beginning in August of 1999, I gave a series of eight lectures on “The Pursuit of Happiness: Read more …

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 83 
The Pursuit of Happiness 
An Overview of the Course

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The Japanese Hara Theory & its Relations to East & West, Part 2

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The relationships of microcosm and macrocosm as illustrated in Robert Fludd, Utriusque Cosmi Historia, 1619

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Part 2 of 2

An inquiry into the doctrine of the “center” in the West would indeed be of much interest for the purposes of a further comparison, but it presents special difficulties because esoteric knowledge in the West has taken the form of cryptograms, and has been clothed in abstruse symbols and myths of many meanings to which a uniform interpretation, such as modern critical thought desires, cannot always be given. We shall therefore only make a few references.

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The Japanese Hara Theory & its Relations to East & West, Part 1

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On first receiving Karlfried Graf Dürckheim’s book, Hara: Man’s Terrestrial Center,[1] we had thought of writing one of the usual reviews, calling attention to it as an interesting contribution to our knowledge of the psychology, the behavior, and the “existential morphology” of the Far Eastern, or rather of the Japanese, man; Read more …

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Oriental & Mediterranean Ancient Erotic Symbolism

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The theme of an original duality or polarity related to that of the sexes occurs in the traditions of almost all cultures. This duality is sometimes expressed in purely metaphysical terms, sometimes in that of divine or mythological figures, cosmic elements, principles, gods, and goddesses.

It seemed evident to the early historians of religion of recent times that this was due to anthropomorphism. In their opinion, as man had created his gods in his own image, Read more …

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Zen & the West

Crow Screen, Japan, 17th century, Seattle Art Museum

Crow Screen, Japan, 17th century, Seattle Art Museum

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Translator anonymous, ed. by Greg Johnson

Zen may be regarded as the last discovery of Western spiritualistic circles in sympathy with Oriental wisdom. Read more …

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The “Mysteries of Woman” in East & West, Part 2

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Translation anonymous, edited by Greg Johnson

Editor’s Note:

The following essay was originally published in English in East and West, vol. 9, no. 4 (1958): 349–55. This is chapter 15 of Julius Evola, East and West: Comparative Studies in Pursuit of Tradition, ed. Greg Johnson, Read more …

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Paganisme sans dieux :
Alain de Benoist et Comment peut-on être païen ?

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1. Introduction

Le livre d’Alain de Benoist Comment peut-on être païen ?[1], comme son titre le suggère, est un appel pour un retour au paganisme. Beaucoup plus exactement, c’est un appel pour un nouveau paganisme. « Paganisme » est un terme inventé par les chrétiens pour désigner les  religions qu’ils souhaitaient supplanter. Le « néo-paganisme » est la tentative pour revenir à ces religions préchrétiennes indigènes. Read more …

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Remembering Alan Watts:
January 6, 1915 to November 16, 1973

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Alan Watts is one of my favorite writers. Born in Chislehurst, Kent, England, Watts was raised an Anglican, but became a Buddhist at age 15. In 1941, while Watts was living in New York City, his first wife Eleanor had a mystical vision of Jesus. This led him to return to Anglicanism.

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The Spiritual Materialism of Alan Watts:
A Review of Does it Matter?

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French translation here

Alan Watts
Does It Matter?: Essays on Man’s Relation to Materiality
New York: Vintage, 1971

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D. H. Lawrence on Men & Women, Part 3

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Part 3 of 6. For the whole series, click here.

2. The Nature of Man

As we have seen, Lawrence believes that men (most men) need to have a woman in their lives. Their relationship to a woman serves to ground their lives, and to provide the man not only with a respite from the woes of the world, but with energy and inspiration. Read more …

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D. H. Lawrence on Men & Women, Part 1

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Part 1 of 6. For the whole series, click here.

1. Love and Strife

In a 1913 letter D. H. Lawrence writes that “it is the problem of to-day, the establishment of a new relation, or the readjustment of the old one, between men and women.” Read more …

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Evola on Zen & Everyday Life

Japanese Tea Garden, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

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Translation anonymous, edited by Greg Johnson

Eugen Herrigel
Zen in the Art of Archery
New York: Vintage, 1999
[Zen nell’arte del tirar d’arco (Turin: Rigois, 1956)]

Kakuzo Okakura
The Book of Tea
Stone Bridge Press, 2007
[II Libro del Te (Rome: Fratelli Bocca, 1955)]

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