Alan Watts

Alan Watts
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Alan Watts (1915-1973) was profoundly influenced by the East Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Buddhism, and by Taoist thought, which is reflected in Zen poetry and the arts of China and Japan.  After leaving the Church he never became a member of  another organized religion, although he wrote and spoke extensively about Zen Buddhism, Hinduism, and Taoisim. Some American Buddhists criticized him for not sitting regularly in zazen, even though he recorded several guided meditations teaching a variety of meditation techniques. Alan Watts responded simply by saying: “A cat sits until it is done sitting, and then gets up, stretches, and walks away.”

In 1957 he published his bestselling The Way of Zen, and in 1958 returned to Europe where he met with CG Jung. He was an early subject in pioneering psychedelic trials, and after recording two seasons of the public television series “Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life” traveled to Japan several times in the early sixties. By the late sixties he had become a counter culture celebrity, and traveled widely to speak at universities and growth centers across the US and Europe.

By the early 1970s Alan Watts had become a foremost interpreter of Eastern thought for the West.  Overall he developed an extensive audio library of nearly 400 talks and wrote more than 25  books during his lifetime, including his final volume, Tao: the Watercourse Way.

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In My Own Way

An Autobiography
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I was a weird child. I was a fantast who believed in fairies and magic when all the other children had given them up for twaddle… I would conduct funeral ceremonies for dead birds and bats and rabbits instead of learning tennis. I read about ancient Egypt and Chinese tortures and Aladdin’s lamp instead of “good books.”

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Tao

The Watercourse Way
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Drawing on ancient and modern sources, Watts treats the Chinese philosophy of Tao in much the same way as he did Zen Buddhism in his classic The Way of Zen. Critics agree that this last work stands as a perfect monument to the life and literature of Alan Watts.

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On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are
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In The Book, Alan Watts provides us with a much-needed answer to the problem of personal identity, distilling and adapting the Hindu philosophy of Vedanta.

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Way of Zen

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Alan Watts was one of the great teachers and philosophers of our time, and forty years after its first appearance his classic study The Way of Zen continues to make Western readers far more aware of, and responsive to, the richness of Zen Buddhism and its place within the context and variety of Eastern religion.

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Wisdom of Insecurity

A Message for an Age of Anxiety
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"Anyone whose life needs a course correction would be fortunate to be guided by The Wisdom of Insecurity. My life still is, some thirty years later." —Deepak Chopra, from the Introduction

Alan W. Wattss message for an age of anxiety is as powerful today as it waswhen this modern classic was first published (in 1951).

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This Is It

and Other Essays on Zen and Spiritual Experience
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The six essays in this volume all deal with the relationship of mystical experience to ordinary life. The title essay on "cosmic consciousness" includes the author's account of his own ventures into this inward realm.

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Become What You Are

Expanded Edition
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"Life exists only at this very moment, and in this moment it is infinite and eternal. For the present moment is infinitely small; before we can measure it, it has gone, and yet it exists forever. . . .

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Behold the Spirit

A Study in the Necessity of Mystical Religion
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This study of the necessity of mystical religion, also shows how traditional Western doctrine can be reconciled with the intuitive religion of the Orient.

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Cloud-Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown

A Mountain Journal
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These ruminations, assembled in the form of a journal and here published in paperback for the first time, were written at Alan Watts' retreat in the foothills of Mount Tamalpais, California.

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Collected Letters of Alan Watts

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Alan Watts began life in a bucolic British setting, was sent off to schooling that might nurture his gifts, and wound up bumping into Zen Buddhism in a way that would influence several generations. This collection of letters, discovered and lovingly curated by two of his daughters, reveals a wonderfully well-rounded Watts.

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