Alan Wilson Watts (January 6, 1915 â€“ November 16, 1973) was a philosopher, writer, speaker, and expert in comparative religion. He wrote over twenty-five books and numerous articles on subjects such as personal identity, the true nature of reality, consciousness and the pursuit of happiness, relating his experience to scientific knowledge and to the teachings of Eastern and Western religions or philosophies (Zen Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity, Hinduism). Beyond this, he was sensitive to certain new leanings in the West, and was in a position to be a proponent for certain shifts in attitudes regarding society, the natural world, lifestyles, and aesthetics. Alan Watts was a well-known autodidact. He was best known as an interpreter and popularizer of Asian philosophies.
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The unification of opposites in the heart / mind goes beyond what is normally thought of as practice. Total Time: 27:05
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Wisdom of the Ridiculous
In the Lao-tse Book we find the words of Chuang-tzu, a humorous Chinese Zen master of who understood profound purposelessness. Total Time: 10:01
The intellect can be a path to enlightenment, as in Jnana yoga. Here we are lured into stretching out notions of mental ability. Total Time: 0:42