Alan Watts

Alan Watts

Alan Wilson Watts (6 January 1915 – 16 November 1973) was a British philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and populariser of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience. 

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And the attitude of faith is the very opposite of clinging to belief of holding on.

But the attitude of faith is to let go and become open to truth, whatever it might turn out to be.

We identify in our experience a differentiation between what we do and what happens to us.

Technology is destructive only in the hands of people who do not realize that they are one and the same process as the universe.

If you study the writings of the mystics, you will always find things in them that appear to be paradoxes, as in Zen particularly.

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

The religious idea of God cannot do full duty for the metaphysical infinity.

Reality is only a Rorschach ink-blot, you know.

But at any rate the point is that God is what nobody admits to being and everybody really is.

The reason we have poverty is that we have no imagination. There are a great many people accumulating what they think is vast wealth, but it's only money... they don't know how to enjoy it because they have no imagination.

Some believe all that parents, tutors and kindred believe. They take their principles by inheritance and defend them as they would their estates because they are born heirs to them.

But to me nothing - the negative, the empty - is exceedingly powerful.

No work or love will flourish out of guilt, fear or hollowness of heart, just as no valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.

And although our bodies are bounded with skin, and we can differentiate between outside and inside, they cannot exist except in a certain kind of natural environment.

The style of God venerated in the church, mosque or synagogue, seems completely different from the style of the natural universe.

The reason we want to go on and on is because we live in an impoverished present.

The difficulty for most of us in the modern world is that the old-fashioned idea of God has become incredible or implausible.

Buddhism has in it no idea of there being a moral law laid down by somekind of cosmic lawgiver.

Things are as they are. Looking out into it the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations.

So the bodhisattva saves all beings, not by preaching sermons to them, but by showing them that they are delivered, they are liberated by the act of not being able to stop changing.

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