Alan W. Watts, who held both a master’s degree in theology and a doctorate of divinity, is best remembered as an interpreter of Zen Buddhism in particular, and of Indian and Chinese philosophy in general. Standing apart, however, from sectarian membership, he has earned the reputation of being one of the most original and “unrutted” philosophers of the twentieth century. Watts was the author of some twenty books on the philosophy and psychology of religion that have been published in many languages throughout the world, including the bestselling The Way of Zen. An avid lecturer, Watts appeared regularly on the radio and hosted the popular television series, Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life, in the 1960s. He died in 1973.
Alan Watts says things as they are, and oh so colourfully sometimes.
Sure, he can get a little eccentric, but since he has described himself as a "philosophical... Read more
The wisdom is near unbridled, though I found myself a bit lost and struggling to digest some of his ideas in the second half. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Adam
Funny, insightful, complex and witty to boot. Not for the faint of mind and those not willing to have their mind subtly blown. Read morePublished 14 months ago by chaka brown freeman
This book diverted the quagmire of my typical teenage life into a direction of realization and freedom. In society, insecurity is seen as undesirable and worthy of deep criticism. Read morePublished on Sept. 25 2010 by BigBrainedBiped
This was the first book recommended to me by a wise friend who is into zen. It is the real ultimate gate to get your mind into the right place to find the big E. Read morePublished on April 21 2004 by AKN
I was recommended this book by a great friend who is always an inspiration to me. Though I expected it to be a good book, this book turned out to be an even bigger inspiration for... Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2004