Who is Alan Watts

Alan Watts Biography

Alan Watts was a British philosopher, writer, and speaker who is best known for popularizing Eastern philosophy and spirituality in the West during the 1960s and 70s. He wrote over 25 books and gave countless lectures on subjects ranging from Zen Buddhism to the nature of consciousness. Watts had a unique ability to explain complex philosophical concepts in a clear and accessible way, making his teachings widely popular and influential. Today, many people continue to find inspiration and guidance in his work.

Alan Watts Facts

  • Alan Watts was a British philosopher, writer, and speaker, born on January 6, 1915, in Chislehurst, England.
  • He gained popularity in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s, where he became known for his lectures on Eastern philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and spirituality.
  • Watts published more than 25 books during his lifetime, including "The Way of Zen" and "The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are."
  • He studied at King's College, Cambridge, but dropped out before completing his degree, and later pursued theological training at the Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Illinois, where he was ordained as an Episcopal priest in 1945.
  • After leaving the church, Watts became a popular lecturer, and his talks on spirituality, Zen Buddhism, and psychedelics attracted a large following.
  • He was a prolific writer, and his books and lectures continue to inspire people today, especially those seeking spiritual and philosophical guidance.
  • Watts was also interested in music and incorporated it into his lectures, and he played the piano and composed music himself.
  • He was married three times and had several children, some of whom have followed in his footsteps as spiritual teachers and writers.
  • Watts passed away on November 16, 1973, in his sleep, at the age of 58, in his home on Mount Tamalpais in California.

Alan Watts Quotes

"The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance" (Meaning)

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"We cannot be more sensitive to pleasure without being more sensitive to pain."

"The attitude of faith is to let go, and become open to truth, whatever it might turn out to be."

"I owe my solitude to other people."

"No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now."

- Alan Watts Quotes


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