Wisdom of Insecurity

Sunday, April 12, 2020
PURE (Public Urban Ritual Experiment) presents a 10 week course offering the participant a greater sense of peace, connection and overall well being
“Sanity, wholeness, and integration lie in the realization that we are not divided, that man and his present experience are one, and that no separate “I” or mind can be found.”
~ Alan Watts, The Wisdom of Insecurity
Join us for an exploration of the timeless book “Wisdom of Insecurity” by Alan Watts, as led by his grand-daughter, Myra Krien. We will a read a chapter each week and then meet on Sunday afternoons to discuss questions relevant to the chapter, as well as engage in fun creative exercises to further explore the topics. Limited to 10 students.
WHEN: Sundays April 12 to June 14th
1.30-3pm Sante Fe Time MST
3.30-5pm New York Time EST
COST: Sliding scale
$75, $100, $125
ABOUT THE BOOK “The Wisdom of Insecurity”
We live in an age of unprecedented anxiety. Spending all our time trying to anticipate and plan for the future and to lamenting the past, we forget to embrace the here and now. We are so concerned with tomorrow that we forget to enjoy today. Drawing from Eastern philosophy and religion, Alan Watts shows that it is only by acknowledging what we do not—and cannot—know that we can learn anything truly worth knowing. In The Wisdom of Insecurity, he shows us how, in order to lead a fulfilling life, we must embrace the present—and live fully in the now. Featuring an Introduction by Deepak Chopra.
A prolific author and speaker, Alan Watts was one of the first to interpret Eastern wisdom for a Western audience. Born outside London in 1915, he discovered the nearby Buddhist Lodge at a young age. After moving to the United States in 1938, Alan became an Episcopal priest for a time, and then relocated to Millbrook, New York, where he wrote his pivotal book The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety. In 1951 he moved to San Francisco where he began teaching Buddhist studies, and in 1956 began his popular radio show, “Way Beyond the West.” By the early sixties, Alan’s radio talks aired nationally and the counterculture movement adopted him as a spiritual spokesperson. He wrote and traveled regularly until his passing in 1973.
“Perhaps the foremost interpreter of Eastern disciplines for the contemporary West, Alan Watts had the rare gift of ‘writing beautifully the un-writable’. Watts begins with scholarship and intellect and proceeds with art and eloquence to the frontiers of the spirit. A fascinating entry into the deepest ways of knowing.”
— LA Times
Myra Krien, (the grand-daughter of Alan Watts) winner of the 2018 Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and the 2018 Best of Santa Fe, Performing Arts, is an award-winning Middle Eastern dance artist, and international performer, choreographer and teacher of belly dance. Krien has performed on some of Americas most prestigious stages, toured internationally, performed for PBS and Japanese television and been reviewed by national publications such as Dance Magazine. Myra has been an inspirational coach and speaker, leading many groups over the past 30 years to greater wholeness and well being. She also has a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from St. John’s College with years of experience in leading seminars through the use of Socratic dialogue methodology.