Alan Watts

Alan Watts
1915 – 1973

Alan Wilson Watts was a British writer, speaker and philosopher known for interpreting and popularizing Buddhism, Taoism, and Hinduism for a Western audience. Born in Chislehurst, England, he moved to the United States in 1938 and began Zen training in New York. Although best known for popularizing Zen and Buddhist teachings to a Western audience, Watts wrote on a variety of other topics including personal identity, public ethics, the meaning of life, and the relation each person has with the universe. is a living online library and museum of the works of Alan Watts. Curated by Alan’s son, Mark Watts, this website is the definitive online resource.


Books ~

Please see the website for a listing of books and downloads.

During his lifetime, Alan Watts wrote 25 books on the topics of philosophy, the psychology of religion, and mystical experience. He also wrote more than a dozen booklets and contributed chapters to a plethora of books. Since his passing in 1973, nearly 40 additional books have been published to date, including writings from his early years and works derived from his numerous lectures. Watts also wrote many popular and academic articles, and much has been published about him.

Quotes ~

Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.

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.

Recommended Reading ~

  • The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are





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