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...In his autobiography In My Own Way, Watts writes: "I am an unrepentant sensualist," immoderately
loving sex, fine cuisine, wine and other alcohol, cigars and pipes, and beautifully-bound books, and also
gardens, oceans and forests. He remained attracted "to being a no-strings attached Taoist wanderer in
the mountains." ...


...“You completely miss the point about Alan Watts!” Shunryu Suzuki fumed with a sudden intensity.
“You should notice what he has done. He is a great bodhisattva”...The role of Alan Watts expired in 1973
and this book is only to help preserve the wisdom of his spirit, so that others may discover their own

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Now it sounds very odd in our civilization to say, 'Therefore, I am God,' or for that matter, 'You ARE
God.' But this is exactly what Jesus Christ felt. And he was crucified for it, because in his culture God was
conceived as the royal monarch of the universe, and anybody who got up and said, 'Well, I am God,' was
blasphemous. He was subversive. He was claiming to be, if not the boss himself, at least the boss' son,
and that was a put-down for everybody else. But Jesus had to say it that way because, in his culture,
they did not have, as the Hindus have, the idea that everybody, not only human beings, but animals and
plants, all sentient beings whatsoever, are God in disguise.

Now let me try to explain this a little more clearly. I cannot help thinking of myself as identical with,
continuous with, one with, the whole energy that expresses itself as this universe. If the universe is
made up of stars a star is a center from which energy flows. In other words there's the middle and all
the rays come out from it. And so I feel that as the image of the whole thing all energy is a center from
which rays come out and, therefore, each one of us is an expression of what is basically the whole
thing." ~Alan Watts...

..."Besides the philosopher's stone that would turn base metal into gold, one of the great quests of
alchemy in both Europe and Asia was the elixir of immortality. In gullible enthusiasm for this quest,
more than one Chinese emperor died of the fabulous concoctions of powdered jade, tea, ginseng, and
precious metals prepared by Taoist priests. But just as the work of transforming lead into gold was in
many cases a chemical symbolism for a spiritual transformation of man himself, so the immortality to be
conferred by the elixir was not always the literally everlasting life but rather the transportation of
consciousness into a state beyond time. Modern physicists have solved the problem of changing lead
into gold, though the process is somewhat more expensive than digging gold from the earth. But in the
last few years modem chemists have prepared one or two substances for which it may be claimed that
in some cases they induce states of mind remarkably similar to cosmic consciousness.

To many people such claims are deeply disturbing. For one thing, mystical experience seems altogether
too easy when it simply comes out of a bottle, and is thus available to people who have done nothing to
deserve it, who have neither fasted nor prayed nor practiced yoga. For another, the claim seems to
imply that - spiritual insight is after all only a matter of body chemistry involving a total reduction of the
spiritual to. These are serious considerations, even though one may be convinced that in the long run
the difficulty is found to rest upon semantic confusion as to the definitions of 'spiritual' and 'material'."
~Alan Watts...

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Posthumous publications of Alan Watts (collections of lectures and writings put
together after his departure)

* 1974 The Essence of Alan Watts, Celestial Arts

* 1975 Tao: The Watercourse Way, with Al Chung-liang Huang, Pantheon

* 1976 Essential Alan Watts

* 1978 Uncarved Block, Unbleached Silk: The Mystery of Life

* 1979 Om: Creative Meditations

* 1982 Play to Live

* 1983 Way of Liberation: Essays and Lectures on the Transformation of the Self

* 1985 Out of the Trap * 1986 Diamond Web

* 1987 The Early Writings of Alan Watts, Ten Speed Press

* 1990 The Modern Mystic: A New Collection of Early Writings, Ten Speed Press

* 1994 Talking Zen, Weatherhill

* 1995 Become What You Are, Shambhala

* 1995 Buddhism: The Religion of No-Religion

* 1995 The Philosophies of Asia, Tuttle Publishing

* 1995 The Tao of Philosophy, Tuttle Publishing

* 1996 Myth and Religion, Tuttle Publishing

* 1997 Taoism: Way Beyond Seeking, Tuttle Publishing

* 1997 Zen and the Beat Way, Tuttle Publishing

* 1998 Culture of Counterculture, Tuttle Publishing

* 1999 Buddhism: The Religion of No-Religion, Tuttle Publishing

* 2000 Still the Mind : an introduction to meditation, New World Library,

* 2000 What is Zen?, New World Library * 2000 What is Tao?, New World Library,

* 2002 Zen, The Supreme Experience, Vega Press

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