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"Perhaps the foremost interpreter of Eastern disciplines for the contemporary West, Alan Watts begins with scholarship and intellect and proceeds with art and eloquence to the fronties of the spirit..." Los Angeles Times

Alan Watts' Biography


Through his books and lectures, Alan Watts has become known in the United States and abroad as one of the most stimulating and unconventional philosophers of our time. His special interest over the years has been an interpretation of Eastern thought to the West, particularly Zen Buddhism.

Dr. Watts was born in England in 1915 and received his early education at King's School, Canterbury. He holds a Master's Degree from Seabury-Western Theolical Seminary in Illinois and an Honary Doctorate of Divinity from the University of Vermont. He has been editor, Episcopalian Minister, professor, graduate school dean, and research fellow of Harvard University. He was President of the Society for Comparitive Philosophy.

A prolific writer, Watts wrote his first book, "The Spirit of Zen," at the age of 20 while active in London in the organization of The World Congress of Faiths. Since then, he has written some 20 others, among them: "The Wisdom of Insecurity","Myth and Ritual in Christianity","The Way of Zen", "Nature, Man, and Woman","This Is It","Psychotherapy East & West","The Joyous Cosmology","The Two Hands of God","Beyond Theology", and "The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are".

Dr Watts' radio talks, exceeding 500, and his video taped lectures have been circulated among non-profit and educational radio stations across the country. He has been a guest lecturer at hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and at several insitutions in Europe and Japan. His interest in the relation of Eastern thought to psychotherapy has led to lectures before many professional groups, including the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich. Alan Watts died in 1973.

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