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Any fans of Allan Watts here? (Original Post) multigraincracker Mar 23 OP
Why has he sold himself to a car commercial? Ocelot II Mar 23 #1
He passed away many years ago. multigraincracker Mar 23 #3
A bit incongruous? SarahD Mar 23 #4
I'm sure most will never tie them together. multigraincracker Mar 23 #6
Now that I think of strange juxtaposition. SarahD Mar 23 #15
Takes me back. SarahD Mar 23 #2
Were those drug trips real or not. multigraincracker Mar 23 #5
If I remember right he was being given psycheledics at the end Doc Sportello Mar 23 #10
Once upon a time Alan Watts set me off on many thoughtful journeys. Biophilic Mar 23 #7
Television codfisherman Mar 23 #8
My eldest sister... 2naSalit Mar 23 #9
He turned me onto the Tao te Ching. multigraincracker Mar 23 #11
I came to... 2naSalit Mar 23 #16
Love these personal anecdotes Doc Sportello Mar 23 #12
He was... 2naSalit Mar 23 #17
Heard his taped talks in the Boston area usonian Mar 23 #13
I remember listening to many cassettes of his teachings. I was looking into Buddhism at the time mitch96 Mar 23 #14
Alan Watts spoke of many things, nature, man, woman, making non-zens of of our sense of what is sanatanadharma Mar 23 #18
Recently acquainted with BootinUp Mar 23 #19
He opened the door to Eastern religions for many. Basic LA Mar 23 #20
The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are OAITW r.2.0 Mar 23 #21

multigraincracker

(32,819 posts)
3. He passed away many years ago.
Sat Mar 23, 2024, 02:28 PM
Mar 23

But, if you herd the complete talk, you might find it very interesting.

It goes kind of like this.
If you could dream anything you wanted when you went to bed. Like being very rich or some super talent and that dream would be very vivid and seem real. After a while and you have dreamed living all of your wishes, you’d get very bored. Then you might want to dream a surprise. That might be what you are doing now.

SarahD

(1,408 posts)
15. Now that I think of strange juxtaposition.
Sat Mar 23, 2024, 03:18 PM
Mar 23

The Cramps singer, Lux Interior, took his stage name from a car ad, and I think.it was Buick.

SarahD

(1,408 posts)
2. Takes me back.
Sat Mar 23, 2024, 02:27 PM
Mar 23

Watts was one of the foremost promoters of getting high to think better thoughts. I always thought it should be the other way around. "OK we settled on the meaning of life. Let's get stoned."

multigraincracker

(32,819 posts)
5. Were those drug trips real or not.
Sat Mar 23, 2024, 02:33 PM
Mar 23

What is reality and what isn’t?

Now mushroom therapy is a thing, and appears to help those face death now.

Things seem to go in circles.
Wow.

Doc Sportello

(7,560 posts)
10. If I remember right he was being given psycheledics at the end
Sat Mar 23, 2024, 03:08 PM
Mar 23

To ease his passing, or transition, if you believe in that. A remarkable man and thinker. Videos of his talks are available on Youtube for those who prefer that to reading his works.

Biophilic

(3,782 posts)
7. Once upon a time Alan Watts set me off on many thoughtful journeys.
Sat Mar 23, 2024, 03:02 PM
Mar 23

I believe I still have a copy of The Wisdom of Insecurity. Yup, just went looking. Nope, not my original copy. 🤣 That poor thing fell apart many years ago. I’m laughing because I realized that I’m insecure enough to want to keep a copy of The Wisdom of Insecurity. How classic.

codfisherman

(77 posts)
8. Television
Sat Mar 23, 2024, 03:05 PM
Mar 23

One of his books dealt with mystical religious experiences, and how television mimics and cheapens these. I'm sure he's having a good laugh about this turn of events.

2naSalit

(87,192 posts)
9. My eldest sister...
Sat Mar 23, 2024, 03:05 PM
Mar 23

Studied philosophy in college in the 1960s and she had his first book. We used to talk about the content.

And I recognized that voiceover in that commercial but I was having trouble placing it. Haven't heard the voice in some time.

About eight or nine years ago I met Watts' eldest daughter, just as she was beginning to work on the book with his letters. She just passed away last month. She was a painter and avid flyfishing lady who loved Montana and was a donating Democrat. She was a grand lady without the pomp. Didn't know her really well but I liked and respected her and was thankful she took time to visit with me when the opportunity arose. I was more friends with her husband, a musician and movie industry retiree, but that was also more of an acquaintance though he did hold on to my instruments at their home while I was homeless.

One of my favorite Alan Watts talks was the one where he instructs us to never even look at a teevee.

multigraincracker

(32,819 posts)
11. He turned me onto the Tao te Ching.
Sat Mar 23, 2024, 03:12 PM
Mar 23

I’m still stuck on “words are symbols and not the thing”. We are still going to war over symbols
Like flags, Boarders and Gods.
I cling to meditation to clear my brain, what little of it there is.

2naSalit

(87,192 posts)
16. I came to...
Sat Mar 23, 2024, 03:27 PM
Mar 23

Meditation through a circuitous route, all based on Tao te Ching. I meditate when I get tense, when I can. It's great therapy.

Doc Sportello

(7,560 posts)
12. Love these personal anecdotes
Sat Mar 23, 2024, 03:12 PM
Mar 23

I never met him so someone like Watts can seem a bit god-like, especially when you are in your teens or 20s when I first discovered him. Thanks for the post that reminds that he was a person too.

2naSalit

(87,192 posts)
17. He was...
Sat Mar 23, 2024, 03:34 PM
Mar 23

Interestingly, Joan was very much like a living example of the wisdom he extolled, her personality was quite unique in many ways. She did say that she and her sister were adopted when very young so he was the only father they knew. She never mentioned her mother in any of our conversations, I never really dug into her personal story, only discussed what she had to offer which were things like politics, art and when the next flood was coming.

I can relate to the intensity of being drawn to someone who opened a door or two in your mind, it can be addictive in that you want to keep discovering on that path. The older one gets, the more experience one has to draw upon for rationalizing things.

mitch96

(13,959 posts)
14. I remember listening to many cassettes of his teachings. I was looking into Buddhism at the time
Sat Mar 23, 2024, 03:14 PM
Mar 23

It never really stuck but helped put Tim Leary/Richard Alpert (BaBaRamDas) and others into something I could "grok"... One thing that stuck with me was the idea of "Be Here Now"... dat woiks fa me..
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sanatanadharma

(3,769 posts)
18. Alan Watts spoke of many things, nature, man, woman, making non-zens of of our sense of what is
Sat Mar 23, 2024, 03:45 PM
Mar 23

Alan Watts spoke of many things, nature, man, woman, love, science; making non-zens of of our sense of what is, as he taught the simplicity of knowledge of the infinite Tao, rather than the impossibility of acquiring knowledge of an infinity of worldly finite things.
He was good at presenting the ideas of various points of views (traditions) and conveying to the reader new ways to grok the weltanschauung that explains it all.
I consider his one title, "The Book" to be an excellent entry into the philosophical depths of 'manifest non-dual reality'.

 

Basic LA

(2,047 posts)
20. He opened the door to Eastern religions for many.
Sat Mar 23, 2024, 06:15 PM
Mar 23

His recorded talks were informative, entertaining, & fun.
One thing that struck me in one of his talks was the question of Being Here Now.
Laughing (he laughed a lot), Watts said it was impossible NOT to be here now.
Try it, he said. You can't.

OAITW r.2.0

(24,936 posts)
21. The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are
Sat Mar 23, 2024, 07:38 PM
Mar 23

I read this back in the 70's and it has had a profound impact on how I perceive the world and my interaction with it. As did, Doors of Perception (A. Huxley) and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Robert Pirsig).

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