Six key lessons drawn from deep study of Zen Buddhism, from the leading interpreter of Eastern philosophy and religion for a Western audience.
Alan Watts was a philosopher, academic and theologian, who wrote and spoke widely on Asian philosophy and theology. He became a cult figure in the 60s and 70s, lecturing and presenting radio shows in San Francisco and the Bay Area. His ideas especially gained a following in counter-cultural circles, including among the Beat generation. He is best known as an interpreter of Zen Buddhism in particular, and of Indian and Chinese philosophy in general. He was the author of more than twenty books on the philosophy and psychology of religion including Behold the Spirit, The Way of Zen, and Cloud-Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown: A Mountain Journal. He died in 1973.
Praise for Alan Watts: Offering spiritual answers... Watts is the
voice of all who seek a deeper understanding of their own identity
and role in the world. * Watkins Review *
The best book I've ever read on the nature of what actually is, what the world is about, and how you should behave. * John Lloyd, Desert Island Discs *
There is just something so right-minded about his overall awareness that I still love reading and listening to anything by him. Out of Your Mind certainly qualifies, and is a fine indicator of why Watts was both my philosophical and literary mentor. This book makes fine company with his best, and I can highly recommend it as a fine starting place to the wonderful world of Alan Watts. -- Ken Wilber * (author of Integral Meditation) *