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Watts, Alan 1915-1973

Works: 809 works in 2,385 publications in 15 languages and 43,855 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Controversial literature 
Roles: Author, Commentator, Performer, Author of introduction, Other, Narrator, Originator, Editor
Classifications: BL1432.Z4, 191
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Most widely held works by Alan Watts
The way of Zen by Alan Watts( Book )
92 editions published between 1957 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,758 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presents the history, background, principles and practice of Zen Buddhism and its relation to Chinese and Indian ways of thought
The book; on the taboo against knowing who you are by Alan Watts( Book )
78 editions published between 1966 and 2013 in 9 languages and held by 1,824 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Essays on the nature of self
Does it matter? essays on man's relation to materiality by Alan Watts( )
10 editions published between 1968 and 2010 in English and held by 1,520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This classic series of essays represents Alan Watts's thinking on the astonishing problems caused by our dysfunctional relationship with the material environment. Here, with characteristic wit, a philosopher best known for his writings and teachings about mysticism and Eastern philosophy gets down to the nitty-gritty problems of economics, technology, clothing, cooking, and housing. Watts argues that we confuse symbol with reality, our ways of describing and measuring the world with the world itself, and thus put ourselves into the absurd situation of preferring money to wealth and eating the menu instead of the dinner.With our attention locked on numbers and concepts, we are increasingly unconscious of nature and of our total dependence on air, water, plants, animals, insects, and bacteria. We have hallucinated the notion that the so-called external world is a cluster of objects separate from ourselves, that we encounter it, that we come into it instead of out of it. Originally published in 1972, Does It Matter? foretells the environmental problems that arise from this mistaken mind-set. Not all of Watts's predictions have come to pass, but his unique insights will change the way you look at the world
The philosophies of Asia the edited transcripts by Alan Watts( )
8 editions published between 1995 and 1999 in English and held by 1,495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The spirit of Zen : a way of life, work and art in the Far East by Alan Watts( Book )
72 editions published between 1936 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 1,479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The wisdom of insecurity by Alan Watts( Book )
80 editions published between 1951 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,439 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Whosoever would save his soul shall lose it." This book is an exploration of this law in relation to man's quest for psychological and intellectual certainty in religion and philosophy
Psychotherapy, East and West by Alan Watts( Book )
71 editions published between 1961 and 1992 in 8 languages and held by 1,425 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Comparison of occidental psychotherapy and oriental liberation of the self
Myth and ritual in Christianity by Alan Watts( Book )
45 editions published between 1933 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 1,393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Analysis of Christian symbolism showing how the pattern of Christian ritual developed from the events of the Old and New Testaments
Nature, man, and woman by Alan Watts( Book )
73 editions published between 1958 and 2013 in 8 languages and held by 1,327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Book Description: A provocative and enduring work that reexamines humanity's place in the natural world -- and the spirit's relation to the flesh -- in the light of Chinese Taoism. That human beings stand separate from a nature that must be controlled, that the mind is somehow superior to the body, and that all sexuality entails a seduction -- a danger and a problem-are all assumptions upon which much of Western thought and culture is based. And all of them in some way underlie our exploitation of the earth, our distrust of emotion, and our loneliness and reluctance to love. Few books have challenged those assumptions as directly as this erudite and engaging work by the author of The Way of Zen. Drawing on the precepts of Taoism, Alan Watts offers an alternative vision of man and the universe -- one in which the distinctions between self and other, spirit and matter give way to a more holistic way of seeing. Nature, Man and Woman is a book of great elegance and far-reaching implication -- one of those rare texts that can change the way we think, feel, and love
Tao : the watercourse way by Alan Watts( Book )
54 editions published between 1975 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 1,228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Drawing on ancient and modern sources, Watts treats the Chinese philosophy of Tao in much the same way as he did Zen Buddhism in his classic The Way of Zen. Critics agree that this last work stands as a perfect monument to the life and literature of Alan Watts.--Publisher description
Buddhism, the religion of no-religion the edited transcripts by Alan Watts( )
8 editions published between 1995 and 1999 in English and held by 1,200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Taoism way beyond seeking : the edited transcript by Alan Watts( )
8 editions published between 1997 and 2002 in English and held by 1,145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Still the mind an introduction to meditation by Alan Watts( )
12 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,063 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mark Watts compiled this book from his father's extensive journals and audiotapes of famous lectures he delivered in his later years across the country. In three parts, Alan Watts explains the basic philosophy of meditation, how individuals can practice a variety of meditations, and how inner wisdom grows naturally
The two hands of God : the myths of polarity by Alan Watts( Book )
30 editions published between 1963 and 1978 in English and French and held by 992 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Tao of philosophy the edited transcripts by Alan Watts( )
7 editions published between 1995 and 2002 in English and held by 974 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
What is Tao by Alan Watts( )
17 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in Spanish and English and held by 965 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In his later years, Alan Watts studied the Tao extensively, and in his final years moved to a quiet cabin in the mountains and dedicated himself almost exclusively to meditating and writing on the experience of the essence of Tao." "This book is drawn from his talks on Taoism during this period and from his now famous seminars given at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, near the end of his life." "What Is Tao? is a culmination of a lifetime of study of Taoist arts, including the poetry, calligraphy, and movement arts that have all found their inspiration in the way of the Tao. This book shows us that an understanding of the ancient wisdom of the Tao can have a great impact on our busy lives today."--Jacket
Myth and religion the edited transcripts by Alan Watts( )
6 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 962 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This dynamic collection of edited transcripts begins with Not What Should Be, But What Is! In this powerful talk on the contrasts between classical Eastern and traditional Western mythologies, Watts questions whether the image of a divine patriarch is still intellectually plausible in light of our ever growing understanding of the universe. He then takes a revealing look at the mystical origins of Christianity in Jesus - His Religion, Or the Religion About Him? and explores how Christianity has diverged historically from those teachings in a brilliant and well researched critique of the Church. In Democracy in the Kingdom of Heaven Watts then carries his inquiry one step further, and asks if indeed a monarchical religion still makes sense in a democratic society. Watts takes a fascinating look at the ultimately anthropomorphic quality of man's view of his god in Images of Man. Here he is only half kidding when he says that "In the beginning there was Man, and he created God in his image," pointing to the highly subjective nature of our inquiry into the highest orders of reality. In the final chapter, Religion and Sexuality, Watts again looks at organized religion, but with more than a touch of humor as he suggests that churches today are sexual regulation societies, and precious little else. To make this point Watts asks, "How else can you get thrown out?" He then goes on to discuss the social implications of the Church's investment in moral issues, and demonstrates that this may in fact be a ploy to cover up for the lack of any substantial religious teaching in organized religion today
What is zen? by Alan Watts( )
9 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and Spanish and held by 918 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This is it, and other essays on Zen and spiritual experience by Alan Watts( Book )
44 editions published between 1958 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 896 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The six essays in this volume all deal with the relationship of mystical experience to ordinary life. The title essay on "cosmic consciousness" includes the author's account of his own ventures into this inward realm. "Instinct, Intelligence, and Anxiety" is a study of the paradoxes of self-consciousness; "Spiritually and Sensuality," a lively discussion of the false opposition of spirit and matter; and "The New Alchemy," a balanced account of states of consciousness akin to spiritual experience induced by the aid of lysergic acid. The collection also includes the text of Watts' celebrated pamphlet, "Beat Zen, Square Zen, and Zen." From the Paperback edition
Behold the spirit; a study in the necessity of mystical religion by Alan Watts( Book )
25 editions published between 1947 and 2013 in English and French and held by 892 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A discussion of contemporary Christianity which emphasizes the importance of union with God rather than a knowledge of doctrine
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Alternative Names
Votss, Alans, 1915-1973
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Watts, Allen 1915-1973
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Уотс, Алан 1915-1973
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