Where should I start with this guy?

I'm new to him. Where do I start?

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Don't.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Y?

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        NTA but Watts is a great example of the Western commodification of "Eastern religion". He presents Taoism and the Dharmic religions through the lens of Western psychoanalysis and other ideas that were hot over here in his day but are totally foreign to those traditions. Very much for Buddhism what the "Idries Shah" "Sufism without Islam" hucksters are for Sufism.

        And idk if Watts glowed but I would be about the furthest thing from shocked if he had some sus Esalen connections or something like that, the cults and new religious movements that sprang out of the counterculture were religio-politico engineering to a very large extent.

        If you're interested in a religion then approach it directly through authoritative sources.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Some of his talks you can really tell he got it. Walking the talk is one thing, how far you can get is another. He was alcoholic right up to his passing, if you know anything about innate nature, you will see the divide in his actions. Ultimately the singularity of consciousness is pretty easy to achieve, but difficult to grasp and hold. The higher you go, the more solid foundation is needed to hold up the pillar, hence the need for tradition.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      fpbp watts was an alcoholic grifter trying to make some money off of pop zenism

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Watts is a fraud

    Start with this

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      No interest in Daoism or Confucianism.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      By that notion all philosophers are frauds. You don't agree or disagree, reject or accept, you try to find the truth of their words and apply it to your own since truth is highly subjective. Don't be a butthole here. He was alright but there have likely been others who were closer to the mark. Anyone anywhere can be a place to start and we all just work closer to a higher truth on our own by borrowing others' understanding one step at a time

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Do You Do It, Or Does It Do You?

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Watts was a cia agent that was semi involved with the hippie movement. Look up the sanskrit word to ascend. Don't look too into it. You might never come back. Godspeed my friend

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Look up the sanskrit word to ascend.
      >Don't look too into it. You might never come back.
      Wow, thanks for bringing my awareness to it then. butthole.

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    All you need to know can almost be summed up by: he was chill af. Likely still is.

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    ignore everyone's opinions on this guy and form your own, reading "the wisdom of insecurity" is as good a place to start as any

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Alan watts? More like Alan watt the frick are you even talking about. He talks a lot but says nothing

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I wish people realized that philosophy is a one-way ticket to wanting to fricking have a nice day. We all live. We're all philosophers in some way. You don't need Mr. Watts to tell you the meaning of life. He was correct in ONE THING. The meaning of life is simply to be alive. So live life.

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Start with "Out of your mind" audio series.

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    No point, this dude died an alcoholic in a hippie commune, absolute failure of a human being

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Extremely comfy lectures to relax with until you decide you want to experience what he's talking about yourself.
    >Great intro to zen and mindfulness to get inspired to the idea.
    >poor middle as Watts isn't that great for instruction.
    >great to come back to after creating a practice and seeing if he still rings true.
    Based Yogi but he did die of alcoholism, that's up to you to meditate on.

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    turn 360 degrees and walk away

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I agree with anons saying you should skip the guy. Watched some of his stuff and its just the usual mumbo jumbo that does great job impressing stoners.

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Start at the top. It seems that many who 'start at the bottom' end up mired in materialism. But who knows?

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