Alan Wilson Watts

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Fast Facts
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Other Names and Nicknames: 
Alan Watts
Zen Buddhism
Main Countries of Activity: 
Date of Birth: 
January 6, 1915
Place of Birth: 
Chislehurst (now in the London Borough of Bromley), Kent, England
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
Date Left His/Her Body: 
November 16, 1973
Other Related Gurus: 
Dimitrije Mitrinović, D.T. Suzuki


Alan Wilson Watts (January 6, 1915 – November 16, 1973) was a British philosopher, writer, speaker, and student of comparative religion. He was best known as an interpreter and popularizer of Asian philosophies for a Western audience.

He wrote more than 25 books and numerous articles on subjects such as personal identity, the true nature of reality, higher consciousness, meaning of life, concepts and images of God and the non-material pursuit of happiness. In his books he relates his experience to scientific knowledge and to the teachings of Eastern and Western religion and philosophy.


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Books & Media

Recommended Books: 
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The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

by Alan Watts


In The Book, Alan Watts provides us with a much-needed answer to the problem of personal identity, distilling and adapting the Hindu philosophy of Vedanta.

At the root of human conflict is our fundamental misunderstanding of who we are. The illusion that we are isolated beings, unconnected to the rest of the universe, has led us to view the “outside” world with hostility, and has fueled our misuse of technology and our violent and hostile subjugation of the natural world. To help us understand that the self is in fact the root and ground of the universe, Watts has crafted a revelatory primer on what it means to be human—and a mind-opening manual of initiation into the central mystery of existence.

Pro Opinions

Natural wisdom

Mark's picture

He's brilliant!
His mind, soul and spirit...brilliant!
Absolutely free...good humor...human consciousness in its best shape!
Spontaneous and single in his own manner.

casinogiant's picture

A great mind

Couldn't agree more. I found this gentleman while along my journey to be the embodiment of most of what a came to know to be true. He is an awesome teacher and a must to anyone seeking enlightenment. I highly recommend to any on this site to experience his lectures on Youtube. True enlightenment is free and undisclosed.

casinogiant | Sun, 05/06/2018 - 18:54