Alan W. Watts was a philosopher, writer and speaker.
He was influenced by Eastern philosophies and is remembered for spreading them to a Western audience.

Alan Watts would’ve been 100 yrs old today
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Alan Wilson Watts was born in Chislehurst, Kent, England on this day in 1915.

“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.”
–from The Essence of Alan Watts (1977).

Alan W. Watts, who held both a master’s degree in theology and a doctorate of divinity, is best remembered as an interpreter of Zen Buddhism in particular, and of Indian and Chinese philosophy in general. Standing apart, however, from sectarian membership, he has earned the reputation of being one of the most original and “unrutted” philosophers of the twentieth century. Watts was the author of some twenty books on the philosophy and psychology of religion that have been published in many languages throughout the world, including the bestselling The Way of Zen.

An avid lecturer, Watts appeared regularly on the radio and hosted the popular television series, Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life, in the 1960s. He died in 1973.

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“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

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