Alan Watts

Alan Wilson Watts (6 January 1915 – 16 November 1973) was a British philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and populariser of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience. Born in Chislehurst, England, he moved to the United States in 1938 and began Zen training in New York. Pursuing a career, he attended Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, where he received a master's degree in theology. Watts became an Episcopal priest in 1945, then left the ministry in 1950 and moved to California, where he joined the faculty of the American Academy of Asian Studies. Watts gained a large following in the San Francisco Bay Area while working as a volunteer programmer at KPFA, a Pacifica Radio station in Berkeley. Watts wrote more than 25 books and articles on subjects important to Eastern and Western religion, introducing the then-burgeoning youth culture to The Way of Zen (19... More

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Alan Watts Quotes

Alan Watts #Attitude #Faith

And the attitude of faith is the very opposite of clinging to belief, of holding on.
Alan Watts #Future

I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.
Alan Watts #Future

No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.
Alan Watts #Fear #Future #Love #Work

No work or love will flourish out of guilt, fear, or hollowness of heart, just as no valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.
Alan Watts #Attitude #Faith #Truth

But the attitude of faith is to let go, and become open to truth, whatever it might turn out to be.
Alan Watts #God

Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.
Alan Watts #God

The religious idea of God cannot do full duty for the metaphysical infinity.
Alan Watts #Great

You are that vast thing that you see far, far off with great telescopes.
Alan Watts #Power

But to me nothing - the negative, the empty - is exceedingly powerful.
Alan Watts #Religion

Religion is not a department of life it is something that enters into the whole of it.
Alan Watts #Experience #God

How is it possible that a being with such sensitive jewels as the eyes, such enchanted musical instruments as the ears, and such fabulous arabesque of nerves as the brain can experience itself anything less than a god.
Alan Watts #Change

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
Alan Watts #Great #Imagination #Money

The reason we have poverty is that we have no imagination. There are a great many people accumulating what they think is vast wealth, but it's only money... they don't know how to enjoy it, because they have no imagination.
Alan Watts #History

In known history, nobody has had such capacity for altering the universe than the people of the United States of America. And nobody has gone about it in such an aggressive way.
Alan Watts #Faith #God #Nature #Religion

In other words, a person who is fanatic in matters of religion, and clings to certain ideas about the nature of God and the universe, becomes a person who has no faith at all.
Alan Watts #God

But at any rate, the point is that God is what nobody admits to being, and everybody really is.
Alan Watts #God

The style of God venerated in the church, mosque, or synagogue seems completely different from the style of the natural universe.
Alan Watts #God

The difficulty for most of us in the modern world is that the old-fashioned idea of God has become incredible or implausible.
Alan Watts #Faith #Trust

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 #God #Inspirational

You don't look out there for God, something in the sky, you look in you.
Alan Watts #Relationship

So then, the relationship of self to other is the complete realization that loving yourself is impossible without loving everything defined as other than yourself.
Alan Watts #Technology

Technology is destructive only in the hands of people who do not realize that they are one and the same process as the universe.
Alan Watts #Faith #Trust

Faith is a state of openness or trust.