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Alan Watts

England 1915 – 1973

Comments; American Zen Master; psychedelic drugs; never mastered celibacy;


Teachers: Francis Croshaw; Christmas Humphreys; H. P. Blavatsky; Dimitrije Mitrinović; influenced by P.D. Ouspensky; G. I. Gurdjieff; Nicholas Roerich; Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan; Alice Bailey; D. T. Suzuki; Joseph Campbell; Lama Tokwan Tada; Carl Jung; Aldous Huxley;


Students: Carlos Castaneda; Timothy Leary; Robert Anton Wilson; Mark Watts, son; Prof. Ben Page; Eugene Rose, famous Hieromonk and theologian in the Eastern Orthodox Church of America; Anne Bancroft; Eido Shimano Roshi; Richard Baker; Joshu Sasaki; Taizan Maezumi;

Friends: John Cage, composer; Gary Snyder, poet; Shunryu Suzuki, the founder of the San Francisco Zen Center;

Enemies: Roshi Philip Kapleau; John Daido Loori; D. T. Suzuki rejected his interpretations of key elements;

Organizations: Seabury-Western Theological Seminary; KPFA, a Pacifica Radio station ; London Buddhist Lodge, established by Theosophists; American Academy of Asian Studies

Author: The Spirit of Zen; 1936 reprinted 1969 ; 1937 The Legacy of Asia and Western Man; 1940 The Meaning of Happiness, 1970; 1944 Theologica Mystica of St. Dionysius, (translation from Greek of pseudo-Dionysius, ; 1948 Behold the Spirit:A Study in the Necessity of Mystical Religion, 1972, ; 1950 Easter – Its Story and Meaning; 1950 The Supreme Identity, 1972, ; 1951 The Wisdom of Insecurity, 1968; 1953 Myth and Ritual in Christianity, ; 1957 The Way of Zen, 1999, ; 1958 Nature, Man, and Woman, reprinted 1991,; 1959 Beat Zen Square Zen and Zen  ; 1960 "This Is It" and Other Essays on Zen and Spiritual Experience, reprint 1973, ; 1961 Psychotherapy East and West, 1975, ; 1962 The Joyous Cosmology – Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness; 1963 The Two Hands of God – The Myths of Polarity; 1964 Beyond Theology – The Art of Godmanship, reprint 1973,; 1966 The Book – On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are, reissue 1989; 1967 Nonsense, (This book is a spiritual application of literary nonsense).; 1970 Does It Matter?: Essays on Man's Relation to Materiality, reprinted 1971; Erotic Spirituality – The Vision of Konarak, 1971 ; 1972 The Art of Contemplation; 1972 In My Own Way – An Autobiography 1915–1965, reprint 1973, ; 1973 Cloud-hidden, Whereabouts Unknown: A Mountain Journal, 1974


Resources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Watts; http://alanwatts.com/; http://library.holtof.com/unicorn/watts/index.htm; http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/11/14/the-shocking-scandal-at-the-heart-of-american-zen.html ; http://boingboing.net/2014/01/06/happy-99th-birthday-alan-watt.html ;