My Thoughts on Allan Watts

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_/\_ Anjali

I have recently been watching a lot of videos featuring speeches of the late Alan Watts and I have come to one of four conclusions but I’m not sure which one.

He is either:

1. Insane
2. Brilliant
3. Brilliantly Insane
4. Insanely Brilliant

He seems to have a unique and firm grasp of the Dharma and unique and firm grasp on reality. Alan Watts was a British philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and popularizer of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience. He moved to the United States in 1938 and began Zen training in New York. Pursuing a career, he attended Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, where he received a master’s degree in theology. Watts became an Episcopal priest but left the ministry in 1950 and moved to California where he joined the faculty of the American Academy of Asian Studies.

Living on the West Coast, Watts gained a large following in the San Francisco Bay Area while working as a volunteer programmer at KPFA, a Pacifica Radio station in Berkeley. Watts wrote more than 25 books and articles on subjects important to Eastern and Western religion, introducing the then-burgeoning youth culture to The Way of Zen (1957), one of the first bestselling books on Buddhism. In Psychotherapy East and West (1961), Watts proposed that Buddhism could be thought of as a form of psychotherapy and not just a religion. Like Aldous Huxley before him, he explored human consciousness in the essay, “The New Alchemy” (1958), and in the book, The Joyous Cosmology (1962).

Mr. Watts once said:

…eventually this is going to be eliminated just as we hope eventually government will be eliminated and become unnecessary. Because every individual will be self governed, and therefore relate properly to his brother. And the state will vanish; so to at the same time the church will vanish…

check out http://deoxy.org/watts.htm they have a lot of killer stuff.

here is a youtube playlist of Mr. Watts work http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uk6S8OJYlBc&feature=list_related&playnext=1&list=AVGxdCwVVULXfPLzHd6rMa7ISrFJHIj7ZO

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. ~ Gotama Buddha

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threethirty is a gonzo technologist, oggcaster, hacker, Buddhist Anarchist, Kung-fu Student, and slacktavist based in the American Mid-West. Currently his projects include Marketing and Representing the Fedora Project [a distribution of the GNU and Linux Operating Systems], the Kernel Panic Oggcast [a fortnightly show on all things Linux, Free and/or Open Source Software, Technology, Law, News and any intersection thereof], The Anarcho-Buddhist Collective blog, Zen@330 a blog about my Zen practice, and building a consulting firm specializing in web/social media marketing, (GNU ) Linux destop support, video services, and training in various areas.

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