Alan Wilson Watts (1915-1973) was an English writer, speaker, and self-styled “philosophical entertainer”, known for interpreting and popularising Buddhist, Taoist, and Hindu philosophy for a Western audience. He was a prolific author, writing over 25 books on religion and philosophy, and he also gave hundreds of lectures and recorded talks.
Watts was born in Chislehurst, Kent, England, and was ordained as an Anglican priest in 1938. However, he soon became disillusioned with the traditional church and resigned his priesthood in 1945. He then moved to the United States, where he taught at a number of universities and worked as a radio and television broadcaster.
In the 1950s and 1960s, Watts became a popular figure in the counterculture movement. His lectures and writings on Eastern philosophy were widely read and listened to by young people who were seeking a new spiritual path. Watts’s work was known for its clarity, wit, and accessibility, and he was able to make complex philosophical concepts understandable to a general audience.
Some of Watts’s most popular books include:
* The Way of Zen (1957)
* This Is It (1966)
* Psychotherapy East and West (1961)
* Beyond Theology (1964)
* The Joy of Living (1975)
Watts died in 1973 at the age of 58. He left behind a legacy of inspiring and thought-provoking writings and lectures that continue to be enjoyed by people all over the world today.
Here is one of my favorite quotes from Alan Watts:
“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”
This quote reminds us that change is a natural and inevitable part of life. It is something that we should embrace, rather than resist. When we learn to flow with change, we can find more peace and joy in our lives.
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