Alan Wilson Watts was born on the 6th of January, 1915 and died on the 16th
of November, 1973. Alan Watts was born in Kent, England.
Published books by Alan Watts include "In My Own Way", "The
Spirit of Zen" , "The Meaning of Happiness" and "The
Two Hands of God."
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- One is that what
is happening is happening to him, and therefore he is the victim of
circumstances. But when you are in primal ignorance there is no you
different from what is happening, and therefore it is not happening
- It is part of
the happening, and you are part of the universe, although strictly speaking
the universe has no parts. We only call certain features of the universe
- What we call the
future is nothing, the great void, and everything comes out of the great
- If you shut your
eyes, and contemplate reality only with your ears, you will find there
is a background of silence, and all sounds are coming out of it. They
start out of silence.
- It is very simple;
it all begins now, and therefore it is spontaneous. It isn't determined;
that is a philosophical notion.
- The tao is a certain
kind of order, and this kind of order is not quite what we call order
when we arrange everything geometrically in boxes, or in rows.
- Everybody wants
to get to the top of the tree, but then if they do the tree will collapse.
That is the fallacy of American society.
- Well, from a superficial
point of view I would suggest that a certain amount of passivity would
be an excellent corrective for our kind of culture because we are always
creating trouble by doing good to other people.
- Listen to your
chattering thoughts as you would listen to the singing of a kettle.
- The narrow slit
in the fence is much like the way in which we look at life by conscious
attention, for when we attend to something we ignore everything else.
Attention is narrowed perception.
- So far as we know,
animals do not live in constant anxiety about sickness and death, as
we do, because they live in the present.
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