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.
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, ...
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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