The illustration is a editorial / promotional illustration to highlight the insightful lecture series on Zen Buddhism by Alan Watts. Alan was a British philosopher who help convey and popularise eastern philosophy of a western audience in the 1970s. In the lecture below titled “How to get out of your own Way” Alan comments on many of the artefacts of the Western mind the vicious circle of trying to better one self, improving or being concerned with doing good.
Alan Watts points out the different contradictions in the way we see our self, in nature and in terms of our own consciousness, and opens up an interesting conversation on the way of Zen Buddhism, which is concerned with waking up with what is right here and now. The simple meditation on the raw data of our experience as a profound way of waking up to the many ways we Get in our own way in everyday life.