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    Posted: February 28 2014 at 06:58
Does anyone like Robert Pirsig's books?
I found his search for "quality", in his book Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance quite fascinating.
The book Lila, An Inquiry To Morals is lesser known, I guess, but it's actually part 2 of his quest for quality, and I like it even better than his first book.
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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is my favorite book.   I revisit it often, in fact, I was just thinking of reading it again.  It's helped me solidify my own view of the world, a reconciliation between the formal, logical, scientific world of facts and data, and the more intangible world of quality, beauty, and mysticism.

I've been wanting to check out Lila, but was hoping to get it on audiobook (I'm in the car a lot and like to "read" when I drive), but it's not available in that format yet.
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Read 'Zen' back in the late 70's.....good read.
I highly recommend Alan Watts to anyone interested in looking at the differences between a western and eastern approach to the nature of reality. The Book by Watts is one of my favorites.
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Many of Alan Watts' lectures (audio portion only) are on Youtube. Smartpatrol hipped me to them.   I've listened to a few of them and they're often quite illuminating.


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Originally posted by HolyMoly HolyMoly wrote:

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is my favorite book.   I revisit it often, in fact, I was just thinking of reading it again.  It's helped me solidify my own view of the world, a reconciliation between the formal, logical, scientific world of facts and data, and the more intangible world of quality, beauty, and mysticism.

I've been wanting to check out Lila, but was hoping to get it on audiobook (I'm in the car a lot and like to "read" when I drive), but it's not available in that format yet.

Yes, ZATAOMM is a unique book. 
Lila is mind boggling in its theories and end conclusions, I must say, and a very pleasant read too.
I can understand that you want it on audiobook. That's a format where you need to be lucky, to see if something's available.


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Originally posted by dr wu23 dr wu23 wrote:

Read 'Zen' back in the late 70's.....good read.
I highly recommend Alan Watts to anyone interested in looking at the differences between a western and eastern approach to the nature of reality. The Book by Watts is one of my favorites.

Originally posted by HolyMoly HolyMoly wrote:

Many of Alan Watts' lectures (audio portion only) are on Youtube. Smartpatrol hipped me to them.   I've listened to a few of them and they're often quite illuminating.

Well, that's making me curious. 
I didn't hear yet of him. 
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Zen is an amazing and exhausting read. When he goes off on the purely philosophical tangents I always have to read paragraphs more than once. It takes some effort to get through but definitely worth it. I read it the first time before I committed to Buddhism. Once I understood more of the basics Pirsig's words became even more relevant.

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I read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance a long time ago, not really sure what to think of it yet. I really liked the more novelistic aspect and found many of the more down-to-earth insights on life worth reading, but the attempts at reconciliating European and Asian philosophical traditions didn't impress me quite as much often stretching it quite a bit. That I don't know very much about the latter does not exactly help.
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