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    Alan Watts Man, Nature and the Nature of Man Part 1 of 4
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    "Listening to Alan W Watt's lectures is an amazing opportunity to gain insight, understanding and indeed, #acceptance regarding our true nature. This is an #opportunity to understand the ways in which we are one with nature and nature at one with us.

    Alan Wilson Watts was a British philosopher, writer and speaker, famous for his research on comparative religion, he wrote books on subjects such as personal identity, the true nature of reality, higher #consciousness, the meaning of life, concepts and images of God and the non-material pursuit of #happiness. He relates his experience to scientific knowledge and to the teachings of Eastern and Western religion and philosophy."
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    The Benefit of Living With No Purpose - Alan Watts
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    "Alan Wilson Watts (6 January 1915 – 16 November 1973) was a well-known British philosopher, writer and speaker, best known for his interpretation of Eastern philosophy for Western audiences. He left behind more than 25 books and an audio library of nearly 400 talks, which are still in great demand.

    This audio is from "Man and Nature" Part 2 by Alan Watts"



    (I used to live in the Bay Area, CA. and I saw Alan Watts in person when he was speaking there, which was a memorable experience.
    I had a good friend who was his gardener and friend, and so there was a kind of energetic connection I had with him.
    I also felt it intuitively on the day when he died.
    However, I haven't really come to appreciate his wisdom and understanding of life until I've come closer to the age he was at that time.
    Coming to terms with the concept of living without purpose is presently my personal "koan".
    I wonder if he was an INFJ, because it seems that his very insightful ideas were perhaps his greatest contribution, and that is typical of INFJs. )
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    He is one philosopher/spiritual teacher that is easy to understand and get something out of for me.

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    My friend created this website with his quotes.



    Buddhism is not saying that the Self, the great atman, or whatnot, it isn't denying that the experience which corresponds to these words is realizable.⁣ What it is saying is that if you make conceptions and doctrines about these things, your liable to become attached to them. You're liable to start believing instead of knowing. ⁣

    So they say in Zen Buddhism, 'The doctrine of Buddhism is a finger pointing at the moon. Do not mistake the finger for the moon.' Or so we might say in the West, the idea of God is a finger pointing at God, but what most people do is instead of following the finger, they suck it for comfort. And so buddha chopped off the finger, and undermined all metaphysical beliefs. ⁣⁣
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    There are many, many dialogues in the Pali scriptures where people try to corner the buddha into a metaphysical position. 'Is the world eternal?' The buddha says nothing. 'Is the world not eternal?' And he answers nuttin'. 'Is the world both eternal and not eternal?' And he don't say nuttin'. 'Is the world neither eternal nor not eternal?' And STILL he don't say nuttin'. He maintains what is called the noble silence. Sometimes called the thunder of silence, because this silence, this metaphysical silence, is not a void. It is very powerful. This silence is the open window through which you can see not concepts, not ideas, not beliefs, but the very goods. But if you say what it is that you see, you erect an image and an idol, and you misdirect people. It's better to destroy people's beliefs than to give them beliefs. I know it hurts, but it is The Way.⁣⁣⁣
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    — Alan Watts⁣⁣⁣
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    Is every mind connected to form a peer to peer network that creates the illusion of a shared reality, making the appearance of material reality a simulation created through shared beliefs?

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    Alan Watts ~ Let It Happen By Itself
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    As far as i know, and the little i have read him, i wish there were more people willing to do the work he did to translate, but more like adapt and figure out, all the very heavy and complex stuff related both to Budishm and Zen

    If there were more people these days willing to do the gigantic amount of work and life dedication he put on his work, as a life's work, then we could possibly have better world today, or at least a bigger understanding of these concepts

    This may sound rude or terrible, but i think a lot of the current 'spiritual masters or guides' of the west are just riding on the work of Alan Watts, and they are not capable of anything remotely close to the work he did

    I don't fully agree with all the way he translated/exposed/taught eastern philosophies or religions, but that doesn't truly matter in the greater scheme of things. It's just my opinion that he kind of westernized some stuff in ways that it lost its original meaning. But maybe, and i suppose, he did not find another way to expose it otherwise and hoped people would go deeper into it and eventually find the original concept and understand it.

    But that has nothing to do with this I just think people who spend so much time and so much passion into a subject are very rare, and i do feel we lack someone like him these days

    I'll go back to my room now
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    For me when Alan Watts speaks -more then with anyone else i know-is as if i hear the voice of my own soul and thus i can never disagree with him.. he just never fails to lift me up!

    The Bizarre Life of Alan Watts

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    Alan Watts, born in England and living most of his life in the United States,
    was a writer, speaker & philosopher.
    Watts was best known for making Japanese, Chinese, & Indian spiritual
    traditions in the form of Buddhism, Taoism, and Hinduism entertainingly
    accessible to a wide and popular audience throughout the world.
    Alan Watts also played a pivotal & central role in the spiritual revolution that
    shook the religious status quo of the United States during the 1960s.
    This change in the religious consciousness of the US brought to the
    American public ancient teachings from Hinduism, Buddhism, Sufism,
    Esoteric Christianity and other mystical religious traditions.
    This spiritual revolution changed the United States in ways that are still felt
    today.
    Yoga, meditation, vegetarian diets, chanting, nonviolent protests, therapies
    of all kinds, feminism, equal rights, herbal & alternative medicines &
    treatments, and much much more, were all first introduced to Americans in
    the 1960s and were products of the spiritual revolution.
    For many spiritual seekers in the United States & other parts of the Western
    World, Alan Watts was their trusted guide through this incredible spiritual
    change.
    Watts introduced people to spiritual and religious practices which would
    help to improve and intensify the lives of hundreds of thousands, if not
    millions, of people.
    And, Watts treated these unfamiliar and sometimes extremely unfamiliar
    religious traditions, paths, & practices in a very readable and accessible
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    Alan Watts ~ Watch Your Thoughts & Feelings
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    Some very insightful words of wisdom from Alan Watts, beginning at 13 minutes into the video, about how Democracy inevitably becomes Fascism...
    And at 16 minutes in, about why a wise King keeps the Court Fool close by, to remind the King that he too is only human, and not to give himself airs and graces, and to remember that there are forces and domains far beyond his...
    And finally, that it is very difficult in our present world to abandon nationality.

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    Alan Watts ~ Be Silent Enough to Hear Your Inner Voice
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    The Wisdom of Insecurity
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    I've updated this thread, deleted the videos that had become unavailable and replaced them with viable ones.
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    Alan...The Zen...of purpose..
    Found in runs...

    Being away from home for a while
    turning from station to station
    in my dorm room, finding Alan Watts,
    a fellow traveler
    talking western zen...
    And though recognizably insightful and entertaining enough, stimulating enough...
    Probably not my best kind of zen, but that was okay...
    I wouldn't be finding a warriors memory in the Englishman..

    And Alan...finding and losing himself in the same sentences...
    Does he ever listen to himself?

    So much work to do as an artist
    So much time does it take..
    Friends asking me out into the
    Strange streets of a town.... way too small
    Boring, except for my friends.
    Westwood was just a station stop, down the street from
    this university..

    I found the deepest meditations running down Wilshire,
    in the early morning...
    hitting the center grass strips of San Vicente,
    anticipating running into the very early morning fog

    There it was easier to contemplate, while running..
    Alan was there too

    It wasn't until I was so tired one night, listening to Alan Watts that I heard his strange breath rhythm
    and I smelled a room full of smoke..
    He was a chain smoker...

    I knew then that was likely the last time I'd hear him, almost live...likely only a week or month or two from the date of his recordings...
    He left his body not but 2 years
    from first hearing him on the radio...

    Cool. He left all of this for us....and himself...

    And not a half of a century away like it is now....
    It's the same and different
    And that's okay too..

    I get up to check the drip in the kitchen
    the one that keeps the pipes from freezing.....in...
    the early morning cold.... testing...teasing...
    the properties of water.

    Leaving my room I smell chocolate
    That's right....
    The bit I left on the fireplace a couple of days ago
    It's a smell I like..

    Thanks for updating it all Onawah!
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    Alan Watts - how to see through the game - the secret to life :: happiness
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    "Truly the best thing you can do for yourself, to feel good that is, is to do good onto others. be it small or big, a nudge in the direction of positivity is a positive self reflection. happiness is the secret to life... there's no doubt about that. one thing i can do today is amplify goodness of greater people, and act as an invisible conduit. and that feels good. "

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