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Alan Watts



Alan Wilson Watts (1915–1973) was an English author, teacher, and speaker known for his modern interpretations of Buddhism, Taoism, and Hinduism for a Western audience. He moved to the United States in 1938, and after training in Zen Buddhism he became an Episcopal priest, later leaving the ministry to teach about religion, philosophy, psychotherapy, human consciousness, and psychedelics. Watts gained a huge following in the 1960s from people seeking alternative ways of seeing the world.

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Alan Watts: The Real You

An inspirational and profound speech from the late philosopher Alan Watts.

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Nature, Man and Woman

Western thought and culture have coalesced around a series of constructed ideas—that human beings stand separate from a nature that must be controlled; that the mind is somehow superior to the body; that all sexuality entails a seduction—that in some way underlie our exploitation of the earth, our...

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“The Momentous Harmony”: An Excerpt from Zen by Alan Watts

There is only one place where we are truly alive, where we come into immediate contact with Reality, and that is now — this present moment. The past was only real when it was the present moment, and the future will only be real when it becomes it. - Alan Watts

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FindCenter Quotes ImageTrying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.

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Alan Watts: Choice

Alan Watts discusses choice and the thoughts process behind it. Our choices are fundamentally what shape our character, and more importantly our life as a whole.

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Still the Mind: An Introduction to Meditation

Mark Watts compiled this book from his father’s extensive journals and audiotapes of famous lectures he delivered across the country.

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The Ego and the Universe: Alan Watts on Becoming Who You Really Are

The cause of and cure for the illusion of separateness that keeps us from embracing the richness of life.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageWe seldom realize that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.

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Alan Watts: You’re It

An inspirational and profound speech from the late philosopher Alan Watts. He talks about one-suchness.

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The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

At the root of human conflict is our fundamental misunderstanding of who we are.

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