View Full Version : Alan Watts?

October 2nd, 2008, 08:13 PM
Has any you of heard of him? I have bin watching some of his videos on youtube latly and was wondering what your thoughts of him of were.

If you dont know who he is here is one of his lectures on eastern thoughts.




October 3rd, 2008, 09:20 AM
Watts was very influential among my generation, especially those of us who were hippies and/or spiritual seekers. I knew him through many of his books (he was a prolific author): The Book, The Supreme Identity, The Wisdom of Insecurity, and In My Own Way, come to mind.

He popularized Buddhism to many people in the US.

What struck me most about Watts was his accessibility. He wrote and spoke in everyday terms, avoiding highly technical explanations or appeals to lengthy scriptural justifications. He was, regardless of his British origins, a very relaxed, down-to-earth kind of Buddhist, and that is how he communicated. Some people criticized him for this, regarding his popularizations as distortions of Buddhism. Not being an authority myself, I really couldn't say; I do know that he was on good terms (meaning, mutual respect) with D. T. Suzuki, someone I've never heard criticized as distorting or diluting Buddhist precepts.

Watts contributed something to my thinking and my life.

October 3rd, 2008, 08:35 PM
Yep...a little truth...screw the dogmatic intellectual textbook gawkers...
Alan had it ...he did...his books were real ...wash away my troubles...wash away my pain...how does the light shine on the road to sham-ba-lah-

be careful he will teach you to think for yourself...