Alan Watts


Alan Watts was a distinguished British philosopher, writer, and speaker who gained recognition for interpreting and popularizing Eastern philosophy, making it accessible to Western audiences.

Fluent in Chinese, Watts delved deeply into the study of Zen Buddhism as well as the core beliefs and practices of various religions and philosophies from India and East Asia. He was an influential member of the London Buddhist Lodge, and in 1931, he became the organization’s secretary. In 1936, Watts attended the World Congress of Faiths at the University of London, where he encountered D.T. Suzuki, a renowned Zen Buddhism scholar who significantly impacted his thinking. That same year, inspired by Suzuki’s work, Watts published his first book, “The Spirit of Zen.”

In 1938, Watts relocated to the United States and began studying Zen Buddhism, but he eventually left the training, dissatisfied with the teacher’s methods. He subsequently enrolled in the Anglican Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, where he immersed himself in the study of Christian scriptures, theology, and church history, ultimately earning a Master’s degree in theology. His thesis was published under the title “Behold the Spirit: A Study in the Necessity of Mystical Religion.”

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Understanding the Role of Gurus

Finding Inner Peace with Alan Watts: Understanding the Role of Gurus

Have you ever felt like something was missing in your life? This feeling can lead us on various paths, from picking up new hobbies to seeking spiritual guidance. Alan Watts, a renowned philosopher, sheds light on this inner journey, especially when it comes to the role of gurus.

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Embracing the Playfulness of Life: A Lesson from Alan Watts

In the words of Alan Watts, music as an art form is essentially playful. We play the piano, we don’t work the piano. This idea extends beyond music to life itself. In our fast-paced, goal-oriented culture, we often forget the joy of the journey. We rush from point A to point B, missing the beauty of the path between.

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Understanding Life’s External Events: A Simplified Insight

Ever wonder why things just happen to us, things we didn’t start or plan? It’s kind of funny when you think about it. Like getting caught in a rainstorm, having hiccups, or even being born. These things just come our way, and we often think of them as events happening to us, not something we’re a part of.

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Grounding to Earth Meditation: A Journey of Connection and Awareness

Grounding to Earth Meditation: A Journey of Connection and Awareness

Have you ever felt disconnected or lost in the hustle of daily life? Grounding to Earth meditation offers a way to reconnect with our planet and find balance. This practice is about tuning into the Earth beneath us and recognizing our bond with it.

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