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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- We do not "come
into" this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree. As
the ocean "waves," the universe "peoples."
- Every individual
is an expression of the whole realm of nature, a unique action of the
- Even those who
know it to be true in theory do not sense or feel it, but continue to
be aware of themselves as isolated "egos" inside bags of skin.
- We are forever
"conquering" nature, space, mountains, deserts, bacteria,
and insects instead of learning to cooperate with them in a harmonious
- The hostile attitude
of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things
and events--that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension
of our own bodies.
- A muddle of conflicting
opinions united by force of propaganda is the worst possible source
of control for a powerful technology.
- Religions are
divisive and quarrelsome. They are a form of one-upmanship because they
depend upon separating the "saved" from the "damned.
- Faith is, above
all, open-ness --an act of trust in the unknown.
- Just as money
is not real, consumable wealth, books are not life. To idolize scriptures
is like eating paper currency.
- We do not need
a new religion or a new bible. We need a new experience--a new feeling
of what it is to be "I."
- The lowdown (which
is, of course, the secret and profound view) on life is that our normal
sensation of self is a hoax or, at best, a temporary role that we are
playing, or have been conned into playing.
- The most strongly
enforced of all known taboos is the taboo against knowing who or what
you really are behind the mask of your apparently separate, independent,
and isolated ego.
- There was never
a time when the world began, because it goes round and round like a
circle, and there is no place on a circle where it begins.
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