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Oct 3, 2018
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Alan Watts was the most prominent personality of the Zen Buddhism, who popularized the Eastern philosophy for the Western world. This naturalized American author’s writings were particularly famous among the so-called "beat generation" of the late 1950s and early 1960s. He is the author of more than 25 books including ne of the best selling books on Buddhism, ‘The Way of Zen’ and ‘Nature, Man and Woman’. With a master’s degree in Theology, he was an Episcopal priest for a short time and later joined as a faculty of the American Academy of Asian Studies. This book will bring you the collection of quotes of various genres from this savant of Zen Buddhism. ‘Extracted Wisdom of Alan Watts: 450+ Lessons from a Theologist’ will be a valuable collection for anyone who is fond of him or want to learn more about Alan Watts...

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EXTRACTED WISDOM OF ALAN WATTS

EXTRACTED WISDOM OF ALAN WATTS

~ 450+ Lessons from a Theologist ~

Composer: Arthur Austen Douglas

Cover Image: Public Domain

DEDICATION

This book, EXTRACTED WISDOM OF ALAN WATTS is dedicated in the feet of Almighty.

To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don't grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float."

- Alan watts

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

ABOUT ALAN WATTS

INSPIRING QUOTES OF ALAN WATTS

EXTRAS

YOUR SURPRISE GIFT

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Sincerely showing thankfulness to all those who participated and supported directly and indirectly in the release of this book.

ABOUT ALAN WATTS

Alan Watts is a much accepted British philosopher for his interpretations of Eastern philosophy for the Western admirers. He is the author of more than 25 books including one of the bestselling books on Buddhism, ‘The Way of Zen’ and ‘Nature, Man and Woman’.

On 6 January 1915, Alan Wilson Watts was born to Laurence Wilson Watts and Emily Mary Watts who were strong believers of Christianity. As an only child, young Alan was highly influenced by the story book fantasies of the mysterious East. Coupled with the beliefs in ultimate God, Alan developed an early excitement towards Buddhism while he was a student. Subsequently, there came a stage in his life when he had to choose between Christianity and Buddhism, and he took the later to which he was more inclined. Watts became a member of London Buddhist Lodge where he got chances to meet spiritual leaders and scholars. At an age of 16, he rose to the position of secretary of the organization.

The first book of this prolific writer ‘The Spirit of Zen’ exposes his fascinations towards the Zen Buddhism to which he was much inclined. After marrying Eleanor Everett, he migrated to US in 1938 at an age of 23. Though he first underwent Zen training under a master, but soon quit it before he was ordained. Yet, he studied the Christian scriptures alongside pursued his academic career as a teacher of Asian Studies in San Francisco. For almost 10 years, he served as an Episcopal priest but resigned due to the problems of his extra marital affairs and the philosophical conflicts of his Buddhist beliefs and the practices of the church.

In 1951, he joined the American Academy of Asian Studies as a faculty where he met many famous Chinese and Japanese philosophers. Alongside teaching, Alan was himself a student there as he had diverse areas of interests. But by the mid of that decade, he left the Academy and embarked a freelancing career. He started a radio program in Pacifica Radio Station that continued for many years and he attracted a major group of regular listeners. It was in 1957, he published his ever best book ‘The way of Zen’ in which he portrayed the cultural and philosophical backgrounds of Zen in India and China and also included his own cybernetic principles for a blissful Zen Life. The book brought him wide acclaim and Alan became a professor and fellow in many colleges and universities. Soon Alan Watts became a counterculture celebrity with a huge number of followers as well as critics. By the end of 1960s, he evolved into a significant interpreting personality of the Eastern philosophy in the Western world. Amidst the extensive travels he made throughout the world, this prolific writer authored more than 25 books. Just after returning from a European tour, on 16 November 1973, Alan Watts left this worldly life in his sleep.

INSPIRING QUOTES OF ALAN WATTS

The Highest to which people can attain is wonder; and if the prime phenomenon makes them wonder, let them be content; nothing higher can it give them, and nothing further should they seek for behind it; there is the limit.

What we have forgotten is that thoughts and words are conventions, and that it is fatal to take conventions too seriously. A convention is a social convenience, as, for example, money, but it is absurd to take money too seriously, to confuse it with real wealth. In somewhat the same way, thoughts, ideas and words are coins for real things.

When you feel that you are a lonely, put-upon, isolated little stranger confronting all this, you are under the influence of an illusory feeling, because the truth is quite the reverse. You are the whole works, all that there is, and always was, and always has been, and always will be.

Mysticism and empiricism go together in opposition to scholasticism. They base themselves on the non-linear world of experience rather than the linear world of letters.

"If my happiness at this moment consists largely in reviewing happy memories and expectations, I am but dimly aware of this present. I shall still be dimly aware of the present when the good things that I have been expecting come to pass. For I shall have formed a habit of looking behind and ahead, making it difficult for me to attend to the here and now. If, then , my awareness of the past and future makes me less aware of the present, I must begin to wonder

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