Alan Watts' account of Nirvana as recorded in his Lectures on Buddhism: The Middle Way, as animated by Celestial Elf.
Was Watts an Environmentalist? Whilst Watts discouraged the chasing of philosophical devils because as he saw it the excercise is fundamentally futile, in terms of protecting the environment, I would say that he was one of its key facilitators. Watts provided a holisitc 'eco-spiritual framework' which enabled many to understand our place in life., providing an explanation of how the environment and human existence are not seperate items, but coexistant expressions of the infinite and incomprehensible cosmos. To destroy our own home, the life support system of our environment - is not simply to rob 'our world' of its is incomparable beauty, rather that it is to destroy our very selves.
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In the Buddhist context Nirvana or moksha, is described as the extinguishing of the fires that cause suffering. These fires are typically identified as the fires of attachment (raga), aversion (dvesha) and ignorance (moha or avidya). When the fires are extinguished, suffering (dukkha) comes to an end. The cessation of suffering is described as complete peace. Thus nirvana refers to the imperturbable stillness of mind after the fires of desire, aversion, and delusion have been finally extinguished.
In Hindu philosophy, it is the union with the divine ground of existence Brahman (Supreme Being) and the experience of blissful egolessness.
Alan Wilson Watts (1915-973) was a British-born philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and populariser of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience.
In several of his later publications, especially Beyond Theology and The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are, Watts put forward a worldview, drawing on Hinduism, Chinese philosophy, panentheism, and modern science, in which he maintains that the whole universe consists of a cosmic self playing hide-and-seek (Lila), hiding from itself (Maya) by becoming all the living and non-living things in the universe, forgetting what it really is; the upshot being that we are all IT in disguise.
Download a free pdf of his book 'On The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are' here ( http://bit.ly/1utEaBr
"We do not "come into" this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree."
― Alan Wilson Watts, The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are
A grateful and commendatory note about the excellent SecondLife 'viewer' that I used to film this animation within, Black Dragon (3.7.9), formerly known as Niran's Viewer, which among other attractions allows for animations to be played in world at adjusted speeds fater or slower and has a machinimist dedicated tool sidebar for fine tuning Deffered Rendering of shadows and etc. More details about Black Dragon at Niran's blog here ( http://niranv-sl.blogspot.c...
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Alan Watts Lectures; Buddhism: The Middle Way
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