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The Works of Alan Watts
But what, exactly, makes that possible? This concept of presence is rooted in Eastern notions of mindfulness — the ability to go through life with crystalline awareness and fully inhabit our experience — largely popularized in the West by British philosopher and writer Alan Watts January 6, —November 16, , who also gave us this fantastic meditation on the life of purpose. In the altogether excellent volume The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety public library , Watts argues that the root of our human frustration and daily anxiety is our tendency to live for the future, which is an abstraction.
Alan Wilson Watts 6 January — 16 November was a British writer and speaker known for interpreting and popularising Buddhism , Taoism , and Hinduism for a Western audience. He received a master's degree in theology from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and became an Episcopal priest in He left the ministry in and moved to California , where he joined the faculty of the American Academy of Asian Studies. Watts gained a following while working as a volunteer programmer at the KPFA radio station in Berkeley. He wrote more than 25 books and articles on religion and philosophy, introducing the emerging hippie counterculture to The Way of Zen , one of the first bestselling books on Buddhism. In Psychotherapy East and West , he argued that Buddhism could be thought of as a form of psychotherapy. He considered Nature, Man and Woman to be, "from a literary point of view—the best book I have ever written. Watts was born to middle-class parents in the village of Chislehurst , Kent now south-east London , on 6 January , living at 3 now 5 Holbrook Lane, which was previously lived in by author John Hemming-Clark in the early s.
And on the other hand the thought of having to go through these residency years ahead haunts me. I seriously could have been the one to write most of that about my situation. You will have to convert and betray your ideals to keep the relationship alive. I am more compassionate towards people who I would have stigmatized earlier.