Alan Wilson Watts was a British writer and speaker known for interpreting BuddhismTaoism, and Hinduism for a Western audience. He was born in Chislehurst, England on 6 January 1915 and took his last breath on 16 November 1973 in the United States.

Alan Watts became an Episcopal priest for a time being. He introduces and started practicing “The Zen culture” in New York, United States. It is a mixture of Indian Mahayana Buddhism and Taoism. The essence of Zen is attempting to understand the purpose of life directly, without confusion or by applying any logical thought or language to it. 

Alan Watts used to often say that he has realized that the past and future are real illusions that exist in the present. According to Alan Watts, there is no meaning of life or purpose of life in real. We all create the meaning of life or purpose of life by our upbringing in our surroundings.

Alan Watts’s interest in the Spiritual world started by hearing Ch’an (Zen author) and Jiddu Krishnamurthi – a prominent Indian Spiritual teacher. He was also influenced by Carl Jung, Zen authors, and many more. He wrote more than 25 books and articles on philosophy and religion. He also explores the area of Cosmology, Psychedelics, and human consciousness. One of his famous books is “The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety”.

Alan Watts has touched very sensitive topics of human life such as “The meaning of happiness”, The Wisdom of Insecurity”, and “Knowing who you are” from which he got imperative attraction from masses across the globe.

Alan Watts’s philosophy is to understand the meaning of life or the purpose of life in general. The question of what is the meaning of life or the purpose of life is not as simple as we think. One has to look inward and scan through it, as Observer. Practicing Spirituality and control own mind (thoughts and emotions) will guide you to walk on the path of the meaning of life or the purpose of life.

Few are famous Alan Watts quotes-

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

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“The ego is nothing other than the focus of conscious attention.”

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“You don’t look out there for God, something in the sky, you look in you.”

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“Faith is a state of openness or trust”.

Alan Watts

This Quote explains the relation between Faith, Openness, and Trust. When we are open to everything as it is accepted wholly with full faith in the Creator, all the dimension of life gets aligned and creates magic for us.

Alan Watts here is talking about the Power of Now, the meaning of life lies in being totally in the present moment. The present is always changing, the future is never there and we can never be in the past, so all that we can be in and have control of is the Present. Being engaged completely in what we are doing in the present moment does not mean taking things very seriously. Alan Watts quoted that instead of calling it “work”, one should realize it’s a play. As Krishna – The Hindu God in Bhagwad Gita – The most famous Quote of Hindu Scripture Said “This universe is my Leela (Play of Life)”.

“The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple, and yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.”

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Comment – Alan Watts Quotes Buddhism in this video to explain the secret of the Universe.

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

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Comment – Alan Watts explains that self-love is difficult as kissing your own lips. Watch more in this video.

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