Early Radio Talks is part of the Essential Lectures Collection. Philosophies of Asia was one of the first Essential Lecture series compiled in 1972 after Alan’s son Mark began to assemble a collection of core talks. The series serves an inspired introduction to Far Eastern ways of liberation, including Hinduism, Taoism, and Zen Buddhism.

Originally mastered for cassette the series was updated and remastered for CD in the mid-90’s and was also released to public radio as part of the Love is Wisdom program.

3.3.5 Buddhist Mysticism

Just this month a new book has been published by Dr D.T. Suzuki called Mysticism, Christian and Buddhist. I'm not intending to devote this program to in review of this book as such but I call attention to it. Incidentally, it's published by Harper’s in New York for...

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3.3.9 On GK Chesterton

I want you to have in mind an enormously fat man wearing a black cloak and a rather large, wide-brimmed hat, with pince-nez secured to his nose, and prevented from destruction by a large, black, long ribbon fastened around his neck, who speaks—as fat men do—with a...

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3.3.10 Gateless Gate

When I originally planned [this] series of talks, I had not intended to include what to me is one of the most remarkable books in the world. And the reason I hadn't originally intended to include it in the series, is that, to the average person who is not acquainted...

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3.3.11 Ghosts

There's an old Cornish litany that runs from girl isn't ghost isn't long legged beast is and things that go bump in the night. Good Lord deliver us. And I like to connect it. With another saying. Which I heard once from a professor of mathematics, Professor Davis at...

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3.3.12 Humor in Religion

A listener writing to me has made the comment that he felt it in bad taste to make a joke about God as I did in a former talk. And since the God I made the joke about was the God who inhabits a Christian church. Whose house it is, he said he felt that I wouldn't have...

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3.3.14 Man is a Hoax

Now, I'm particularly interested in what Dr. Weaver said about the attitude of the family to children. Because we have an absolutely extraordinary attitude, in our culture and in various other cultures high civilisations to the new member of human society. Instead of...

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3.3.15 Parallel Thinking

One of the most surprising thing with that has happened to me in my study of Eastern philosophy over the years is to find that as I thought I was studying something that at first seemed wholly foreign to the western world. At the same time, I discovered all kinds of...

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3.3.16 Play and Sincerity

It often strikes me that one of the most fascinating conventions in the world is the Proscenium arch. The arch over the stage which divides, so-called reality from play. And extraordinary effects can be produced upon any audience, when the players put them in doubt as...

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3.3.19 Return to the Forest

During the past few months I have been studying an extraordinarily interesting paper written by Joseph Campbell, whose name will be familiar to many of you as the author of a book on mythology called The Hero With a Thousand Faces Joseph Campbell is also the editor of...

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3.3.21 Study of Asia

For the past six years, I have been involved in an experiment. Concerned with the introduction of the study of Asia into higher education. During this time, I have been brought into contact with almost every phase of the problem. Not only of the study of Asia, but...

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3.3.22 Symbolic and the Real

I’m talking about the symbolic and the real, and from the very beginning I have to make it clear what I mean by these words. I think one of the very best illustrations of the difference between symbol and reality is the difference between money and wealth—and a lot of...

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3.3.13 Laws of Karma

I was talking in the last program about getting rid of ghosts. And showing to what an extent, the so-called problems of life [are] the result of asking the wrong questions. And after all, getting mixed up and spending an enormous amount of effort. In trying to solve...

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3.3.23 Tribute to Carl Jung

I’m sitting late at night in a lonely cottage in the country surrounded by many favorite books which I’ve collected over a number of years. And as I look up at the shelves, I see that there’s a very large space. Occupied by the volumes of one man. Carl Gustav Jung,...

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