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Watts, Alan 1915-1973

Works: 816 works in 2,600 publications in 18 languages and 46,456 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Pictorial works  Controversial literature  Handbooks, manuals, etc  Popular works  History 
Roles: Author, Commentator, Performer, Composer, Narrator, Author of introduction, Other, Editor, Originator
Classifications: BL1432.Z4, 230
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The way of Zen by Alan Watts( Book )

212 editions published between 1934 and 2011 in 16 languages and held by 3,077 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Parallel title in Japanese characters. An introducition to the history of Zen Buddhism
The book; on the taboo against knowing who you are by Alan Watts( Book )

77 editions published between 1966 and 2011 in 8 languages and held by 1,777 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays on the nature of self
The spirit of Zen : a way of life, work and art in the Far East by Alan Watts( Book )

86 editions published between 1936 and 2009 in 6 languages and held by 1,490 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Psychotherapy, East and West by Alan Watts( Book )

73 editions published between 1961 and 1997 in 9 languages and held by 1,450 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comparison of occidental psychotherapy and oriental liberation of the self
Myth and ritual in Christianity by Alan Watts( Book )

52 editions published between 1933 and 2004 in 4 languages and held by 1,402 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 )

80 editions published between 1958 and 2015 in 10 languages and held by 1,340 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
The wisdom of insecurity by Alan Watts( Book )

76 editions published between 1951 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,248 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
Tao : the watercourse way by Alan Watts( Book )

56 editions published between 1975 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 1,198 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
Instant weather forecasting by Alan Watts( Book )

79 editions published between 1968 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 1,010 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers a basic guide to weather forecasting for laypersons, using cloud pictures as the criteria for predictions
The two hands of God : the myths of polarity by Alan Watts( Book )

32 editions published between 1963 and 1978 in English and French and held by 983 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Behold the spirit; a study in the necessity of mystical religion by Alan Watts( Book )

24 editions published between 1947 and 2011 in English and French and held by 875 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A discussion of contemporary Christianity which emphasizes the importance of union with God rather than a knowledge of doctrine
Does it matter? Essays on man's relation to materiality by Alan Watts( Book )

14 editions published between 1968 and 2007 in English and French and held by 787 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This classic series of essays represents Alan Watts' thinking on the 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, and our ways of describing and measuring the world with the world itself. 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 come into it instead of out of it. Originally published in 1972, this book foretells the environmental problems that arise from this mistaken mind-set. Not all of Watts' predictions have come to pass, but his unique insights will change the way you look at the world.--From publisher description
The philosophies of Asia : the edited transcripts by Alan Watts( Book )

9 editions published between 1995 and 1999 in English and held by 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Buddhism, the religion of no-religion : the edited transcripts by Alan Watts( Book )

9 editions published between 1995 and 1999 in English and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Myth and religion : the edited transcripts by Alan Watts( Book )

6 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 231 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 Tao by Alan Watts( Book )

15 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in Spanish and English and held by 207 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
Still the mind : an introduction to meditation by Alan Watts( Book )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 203 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 Tao of philosophy : the edited transcripts by Alan Watts( Book )

9 editions published between 1995 and 2002 in English and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Taoism : way beyond seeking : the edited transcripts by Alan Watts( Book )

8 editions published between 1997 and 2002 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is zen? by Alan Watts( Book )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and Spanish and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A fervent, lifelong student of Zen, Alan Watts shows us that it is both an experience ? a singular, powerful moment of realization ? and a simple way of life, with an awareness that affects every moment of every day. Adopted by mainstream America in a way that carries only a vague association of its roots in Zen Buddhism, Alan Watts makes it clear that any exploration of Zen must understand and embrace its roots as a form of Buddhist practice derived from its Chinese and East Indian sources.Examining the background of Zen in East Indian religion, Watts shows us its evolution through the religion of China. Zen is a synthesis of the contemplative insight of Indian religion and the dynamic liveliness of Taoism as they came together in the pragmatic, practical environment of Confucian China. Watts gives us great insight into the living moment of satori and the release of nirvana, as well as the methods of meditation that are current today, and the influence of Zen culturally in the arts of painting and pottery
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Tao : the watercourse way
Alternative Names
Alan Watts Brits filosoof

Alan Watts englischer Religionsphilosoph und Priester, Professor und Dekan

Alan Watts filosofo inglese

Alan Watts spisovateľ, kňaz, filozof

Alan Wilson Watts

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Алан Вотс англиски филозоф, писател и говорник

Алан Воттс

Алън Уотс

Уотс, Алан

Уотс, Алан 1915-1973

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ווטס, אלן וילסון 1915-1973

וטס, אלן וילסון

ألان ويلسون واتس

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The book; on the taboo against knowing who you areThe spirit of Zen : a way of life, work and art in the Far EastPsychotherapy, East and WestMyth and ritual in ChristianityNature, man, and womanThe wisdom of insecurityTao : the watercourse wayInstant weather forecasting