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By Laurence Coupe

This ebook finds the information at the back of the Beat imaginative and prescient which motivated the Beat sound of the songwriters who on from them. Having explored the taking into consideration Alan Watts, who coined the time period "Beat Zen", and who inspired the counterculture which emerged out of the Beat move, it celebrates Jack Kerouac as a author in pursuit of a "beatific" imaginative and prescient. in this foundation, the booklet is going directly to clarify the relevance of Kerouac and his neighbors Allen Ginsberg and Gary Snyder to songwriters who emerged within the Nineteen Sixties.

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Emerson made mystical experience seem the most natural thing in the world. Indeed, it is fitting that he should do so, as he had understood from his immersion in Hindu scriptures that the divine was perpetually manifesting itself in nature, if only we would open our eyes: And this deep power in which we exist, and whose beatitude is all accessible to us, is not only self-sufficing and perfect in every hour, but the act of seeing and the thing seen, the seer and the spectacle, the subject and the object, are one.

But what is ‘true Zen’? Already we have seen Watts imply that it is not the excessive formality of the Japanese development of the practice which is best imported, but rather the original Chinese Zen or ‘Ch’an’. Moreover, just as the latter’s sense of organic spontaneity gives it an advantage over the self-conscious, almost neurotic, codification which subsequently took place in Japan, so does ‘Ch’an’ offer a corrective to earlier, ascetic systems, whether Buddhist or Hindu: Here is a view of the world imparting a profoundly refreshing sense of wholeness to a culture in which the spiritual and material, the conscious and the unconscious, have been cataclysmically split.

We live in succession, in division, in parts, in particles. 2 Never had the idea of the One been rendered so attractive to Western ears. Emerson made mystical experience seem the most natural thing in the world. Indeed, it is fitting that he should do so, as he had understood from his immersion in Hindu scriptures that the divine was perpetually manifesting itself in nature, if only we would open our eyes: And this deep power in which we exist, and whose beatitude is all accessible to us, is not only self-sufficing and perfect in every hour, but the act of seeing and the thing seen, the seer and the spectacle, the subject and the object, are one.

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