Alan Watts (1915-1973) was a philosopher, writer, and speaker. He is known as one of the leading interpreters and popularizers of Zen and eastern philosophy for a Western audience. He considered himself a philosophical entertainer, which likely earned him his widely spread recognition. In most of his lectures you will catch a glimpse of criticism on modern society. With his clarity of mind and clever use of prose he inspired many to contemplate their way of life.
We made a selection of some of the most thought-provoking videos containing bits out of his lectures.
1. What if money was no object?
Allan Watts discusses how to follow your deepest desire and become a master at what you do.
Although the message – do what you like – seems so simple, it often turns out to be so hard.
2. About Choice
Choices, we make them everyday and everywhere. Why do we humans find it so difficult to make decisions? How do choices shape our thought process, our character and our life?
3. About the Mind
The mind is impulsive, wondrous, full of desires and worries. Alan Watts explains why trying to control your mind will not make your mind quiet.
4. The story of the Chinese farmer
“Because you’ll never know what will be the consequence of the misfortune or what will be the consequences of good fortune”
Do you have a favorite Alan Watts talk?
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