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."
Published "The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are"
Published "The Joyous Cosmology"
Published "Psychotherapy East and West"
Published "Nature, Man and Woman"
Published "The Way of Zen"
Published " The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety"
Became Episcopal priest
Moved to the United States, Started Zen Training
The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are
The Way of Zen
The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety
Documentaries, videos and podcasts
Alan Watts - You Are The Universe
Alan Watts: A Conversation with Myself - Part 1
What If Money Was No Object? - Alan Watts