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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.

Alan Watts
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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 Meaning of Happiness: The Quest for Freedom of the Spirit in Modern Psychology and the Wisdom of the East

Deep down, most people think that happiness comes from having or doing something.

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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 ImageWhat I am really saying is that you don’t need to do anything, because if you see yourself in the correct way, you are all as much extraordinary phenomenon of nature as trees, clouds, the patterns in running water, the flickering of fire, the arrangement of the stars, and the form of a galaxy.

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Alan Watts: It Starts Now

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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Thought-Provoking Video | Jim Carrey | Alan Watts

Jim Carrey, Alan Watts explores the profound mystery of creating who we are and our relative perceptions of our identities.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageWe do not ‘come into’ this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree. As the ocean ‘waves,’ the universe ‘peoples.’ Every individual is an expression of the whole realm of nature, a unique action of the total universe.

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Alan Watts: The Principle of Not Forcing

Philosopher Alan Watts on the topic of Wu Wei; or “the principle of not forcing anything in life.”

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Out of Your Mind: Tricksters, Interdependence, and the Cosmic Game of Hide and Seek

With Out of Your Mind, you are invited to immerse yourself in six of this legendary thinker’s most engaging teachings on how to break through the limits of the rational mind and expand your awareness and appreciation for the great game unfolding all around us.

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