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Alan Watts

Alan Watts

Alan Wilson Watts (6 January 1915 - 16 November 1973) was a British-American philosopher who interpreted and popularised Eastern philosophy for a Western audience.

Born in Chislehurst, England, he moved to the United States in 1938 and began Zen training in New York. Pursuing a career, he attended Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, where he received a master's degree in theology. Watts became an Episcopal priest in 1945, then left the ministry in 1950 and moved to California, where he joined the faculty of the American Academy of Asian Studies. Watts gained a large following in the San Francisco Bay Area while working as a volunteer programmer at KPFA, a Pacifica Radio station in Berkeley. Watts wrote more than 25 books and articles on subjects important to Eastern and Western religion, introducing the then-burgeoning youth culture to The Way of Zen (1957), one of the first bestselling books on Buddhism. In Psychotherapy East and West (1961), Watts proposed that Buddhism could be thought of as a form of psychotherapy and not a religion. He considered Nature, Man and Woman (1958) to be, "from a literary point of view--the best book I have ever written." He also explored human consciousness in the essay "The New Alchemy" (1958) and in the book The Joyous Cosmology (1962). Towards the end of his life, he divided his time between a houseboat in Sausalito and a cabin on Mount Tamalpais. According to the critic Erik Davis, his "writings and recorded talks still shimmer with a profound and galvanizing lucidity."

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November 16, 1973

Death

1966

Published "The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are"

1962

Published "The Joyous Cosmology"

1961

Published "Psychotherapy East and West"

1958

Published "Nature, Man and Woman"

1957

Published "The Way of Zen"

1951

Published " The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety"

1945

Became Episcopal priest

1938

Moved to the United States, Started Zen Training

January 6, 1915

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The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

Alan Watts

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The Way of Zen

Alan Watts

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The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety

Alan Watts

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Alan Watts - You Are The Universe



Alan Watts: A Conversation with Myself - Part 1



What If Money Was No Object? - Alan Watts



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