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Love listening to him, timeless spiritual wisdom:

Alan Wilson Watts (6 January 1915 – 16 November 1973) was a British-born philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and populariser of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience. Born in Chislehurst, 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 but left the ministry in 1950 and moved to California, where he joined the faculty of the American Academy of Asian Studies.
Living on the West Coast, 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 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. His legacy has been kept alive by his son, Mark Watts, and by many of his recorded talks and lectures that have found new life on the Internet. According to the critic Erik Davis, his "writings and recorded talks still shimmer with a profound and galvanizing lucidity."
I have a deep respect for him. He articulated such interesting concepts amazingly.
One of the greatest thinkers of the past decade. (He is the positive half of Bill Hicks! Big Grin)


lol Bill Hicks..
I am glad there are so many youtube videos by Alan Watts.
His voice with that refined british accent and clear way of speaking makes it such a pleasure to listen to him
I picked up one of his books at a used bookstore on a whim last month and forgot about it, thanks for the unconscious nudge Meerie Smile


those I like a lot too. I love his sense of humour.

Which book is it, Spaced? Smile
The Supreme Identity
Always pleasant when synchronicity is made aware to the conscious mind; I was just thinking about making an Alan Watts thread here yesterday. Of course, I may have also picked up on the idea that Meerie beat me to it, hah.

Regardless, I will share a few select 'favorites';

Many people were turned off by his alcoholism but I see it as a virtue. He was readily able to accept his flaws and live with them as he accepted those that derided him.