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. Born in Chislehurst, England, he moved to the United States in 1938 and began Zen training in New York.
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In known history, nobody has had such capacity for altering the universe than the people of the United States of America. And nobody has gone about it in such an aggressive way.
You don't look out there for God, something in the sky, you look in you.
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.
The moralist is the person who tells people that they ought to be unselfish, when they still feel like egos, and his efforts are always and invariably futile.
And the attitude of faith is the very opposite of clinging to belief, of holding on.
The style of God venerated in the church, mosque, or synagogue seems completely different from the style of the natural universe.
In other words, a person who is fanatic in matters of religion, and clings to certain ideas about the nature of God and the universe, becomes a person who has no faith at all.
But at any rate, the point is that God is what nobody admits to being, and everybody really is.
The secret of the enjoyment of pleasure is to know when to stop.
Man doesn't learn this secret easily, but to shun pleasure altogether is cowardly avoidance of a difficult job. For we have to learn the art of enjoying things BECAUSE they are impermanent.
Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.
Wars based on principle are far more destructive.
.. the attacker will not destroy that which he is after.
What the devil is the point of surviving, going on living, when it's a drag? But you see, that's what people do.
If you study the writings of the mystics, you will always find things in them that appear to be paradoxes, as in Zen, particularly.
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.
We get such a kick out of looking forward to pleasures and rushing ahead to meet them that we can’t slow down enough to enjoy them when they come.
Real religion is the transformation of anxiety into laughter.
Do you see yourself as a victim of the world, or do you see yourself as the world?
If you love a person, you say to that person, "Look, I love you, whatever that may be. I've seen quite a bit of it and I know there's lots that I haven't seen, but still it's you and I want you to be what you want to be. And I won't be happy if I've got you in a cage. You'd be a bird without song."
Altough we all realize that monotony is boring, almost every form of industrial work- banking, accounting, mass-producing, service- is monotonous, and most people are paid for simply putting up with monotony
That's a waste of time. If you really understand Zen... you can use any book. You could use the Bible. You could use Alice in Wonderland. You could use the dictionary, because... the sound of the rain needs no translation.
We have somehow conned ourselves into the notion that this moment is ordinary.
This now moment, in which I'm talking and you're listening, is eternity.
Philosophy is man’s expression of curiosity about everything and his attempt to make sense of the world primarily through his intellect.
this present moment never comes to be and it never ceases to be, it is simply our minds that construct the continuity of thoughts we call time. In the present moment is nirvana.
The most strongly enforced of all known taboos is the taboo against knowing who or what you really are behind the mask of your apparently separate, independent, and isolated ego.
However much I may be impressed by the difference between a star and the dark space around it, I must not forget that I can see the two only in relation to each other, and that this relation is inseparable.