Alan Watts

“The mundane and the sacred are one and the same.”

          Alan Watts

To fully understand James’s worldview, he has essentially studied and deeply resonates with the philosophies and work from names like:

Jiddu KrishnamurtiDavid Bohm, Albert Einstein, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Tobias Wolff, Maya Angelou, Rudyard Kipling, George Harrision, Leonard Cohen, Bob Marley, Charles Windsor, Rachel Carson, Aldo Leopold, James Lovelock, Émile Durkheim, William Morris, John Ruskin, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Sydney Banks, Hui-neng, Nagarjuna, Bodhiddharma, Laozi, Alan Watts, Dōgen Zenji, Barry Long, Thich Nhat Hanh, Bruce Lee, S.N. Goenka, Mahasi Sayadaw, Gautama Buddha, Abraham Abulafia, Zeno of Citium, Krishna, Swami Vivekananda, Rumi, T.S. Elliot, Jesus, Meister Eckhart, Peace Pilgrim, Thomas Berry, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Heraclitus, Democritus, Epicurus, Werner Heisenberg, Niels Henrik David Bohr, Charles Darwin, Abraham Maslow, Clare GravesKen Wilber, Ervin Laszlo, H. G. Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, Alan Dean Foster, Eugene Wesley Roddenberry, Jacque Fresco, Nikola Tesla, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Arthur Schopenhauer, Baruch Spinoza, Immanuel Kant, Montaigne, Søren Kierkegaard, Anton Wilhelm Amo, John Rawls, Bertrand Russell, Anthony Giddens, Philip Allott, Cormac Cullinan, Michael Sandel, Bill Gates, Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela, Keir Hardie, Anthony Crosland, Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jean-Paul Sartre, Antonio Francesco Gramsci, Aldous Huxley, Jordan B Peterson, Eric Arthur Blair, Max Horkheimer, Theodor Adorno, Herbert Marcuse, Erich Fromm, Carl Jung, Salvadore Dali, René Magritte, Kazuaki Tanahashi, Alex Grey, Pawel Kuczynski, Rupert Spira, Samuel Beckett, Jeff Sheridan, William Blake, Maurits Cornelis Escher, Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, Frida Kahlo, Banksy, William Shakespeare, Johann Sebastian Bach, Maurice-Alexis Jarre, Philip Morris Glass, Tracy Chapman, John Lennon, David Bowie, Melvyn Bragg, Grayson Perry, Nathaniel Adams Coles, Bjork, Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, The Beatles, The Smiths, Stewart Graham Lee, Charlie Chaplin, Fred Astaire, Stephen Glenn Martin, Jim Carrey, Emmet Kelly, Richard Wayne Van Dyke, Jeff Bridges, Bill Murray, Gene Wilder, Paul Newman, Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, Terence Stamp, Alfred James Pacino, Antonin Artaud, Brian De Palma, Samuel Mendes, Tom Ford, Ken Loach, Darren Aronofsky, George Orson Welles, The Wachowskis, Richard Stuart Linklater, Stanley Kubrick, Akira Kurosawa, David Lynch, Yoshi Oida, Peter Brook, Konstantin Stanislavski, Penn Jillette, Raymond Joseph Teller, Harry Houdini, Isaac Fawkes, Tommy Wonder, Eugene Burger, Jeff McBride, Lance Burton, Dai Vernon, Jean Baudrillard, Max Planck, William James, Bertrand Russell, Darryl Bailey, David Carse, Greg Goode, Atmananda Krishna Menon, George Ivanovich Gurdjieff, Jean Klein, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, Eckhart Tolle and Ramana Maharshi.

 

Philosophy Books

James views all wise ‘schools of thought’ as a reflection on the essence of life. They are both insightful observations of the relative and some are pointers to the absolute.

The absolute is unknowable, cannot be defined and cannot be reduced to a ‘school of thought’. James has applied his philosophical observations to everyday life – which attempts to take the most effective perspectives and perceptions from many philosophical teachings and practices with the ability to utilise them where needed.

He has applied his potential to the very best and has fulfilled this through what he considers to be the fundamental purpose of life.

Simultaneously, James perceives all these wise reflections as unique ways for each one of them to resonate with different personality types in different ways. It is how different flavours resonate with different people, one size does not fit all.

James points out that awareness shares the values of the Stoic sage, that of patience, deep commitment, seriousness, peacefulness, calmness, caution, benevolence, and wisdom. 

Zen meditation

Once one has transcended group think and fully sees ones inner resonance (from a relative level) then a particular flavor regarding the collective naturally emerges out of awareness. 

James has meditated and studied significantly on Zen and other forms of Buddhism in areas of the Pāli Canon of Theravāda Buddhism, in particular Vipassanā practice in the Satipatṭhāna Sutta, the Mahāsatipatṭhāna Sutta, the Abhidhammapiṭaka and exploring the detailed scholastic material appearing in the Suttas.

He has also studied particular areas of Mahāyāna Buddhist literature, such as the Mūlamadhyamakakārikā, Vajracchedikā Prajñāpāramitā and Prajñāpāramitāhṛdaya Sūtra, the Saddharma Puṇḍarīka Sūtra in the Nichiren and Tiantai branch of Mahāyāna Buddhism, the Samdhinirmocana Sutra in the Yogacara School of Mahāyāna Buddhism and Dzogchen philosophy in Tibetan Buddhism, and alongside Taoism, Advaita Vedanta, Contemporary Non Duality, The Three Principles, Integral Philosophy, Knighthood chivalry, Qigong, Greek philosophy, Greek mythology, Roman history, Roman mythology, Confucianism, Stoicism, Immanuel Kant’s pure reason, William James’ pragmatic philosophy, Jiddu Krishnamurti’s insightful disciplines and Ramana Maharshi’s revered discourses.

James also has deep reverence and understanding of the other wise traditions and reflections that have emerged across the world. 

He has had direct insights into what they are all speaking of with the clear recognition that dogma and division can emerge from only a prime focus on one particular ‘school of thought’ and rejecting others.

James has experienced the tranquil and universal reverence, particularly through the process of vipassanā from the Theravāda tradition, and later zazen with Zen-like awareness during daily activities and artistic practice.

He has a strong insight into the way we improve the quality of our life, not just upon apparent external development or material progress; but upon the so called inner development of recognising individual, collective and unified peace and happiness.

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