Alan Watts

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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, 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 ... more »

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  • ''Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.''
    Alan Watts (1915-1973), British-born U.S. philosopher, author. Life (New York, April 21, 1961).
  • ''Zen ... does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.''
    Alan Watts (1915-1973), British-born-U.S. philosopher, author. The Way of Zen, pt. 2, ch. 2 (1957).
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