But that would not be the whole truth, nor a sufficient answer to a question relating to God, who is infinite, unlimited and beyond the reach of speech and mind. Cosmic Consciousness is not an accident or chance.
Early years[ edit ] Alan Watts, age 7 Watts was born to middle class parents in the village of ChislehurstKent now south-east Londoninliving at 3 now 5 Holbrook Lane, which was subsequently lived in by author John Hemming-Clark in the early s.
With modest financial means, they chose to live in pastoral surroundings and Alan, an only child, grew up playing at brookside, learning the names of wildflowers and butterflies. The few Chinese paintings Watts was able to see in England riveted him, and he wrote "I was aesthetically fascinated with a certain clarity, transparency, and spaciousness in Chinese and Japanese art.
It seemed to float See, for instance, the last chapter in The Way of Zen. He was sent to boarding schools which included both academic and religious training of the Muscular Christianity sort from early years. Of this religious training, he remarked "Throughout my schooling my religious indoctrination was grim and maudlin…"  Watts spent several holidays in France in his teen years, accompanied by Francis Croshaw, a wealthy Epicurean with strong interests in both Buddhism and exotic little-known aspects of European culture.
He chose Buddhism, and sought membership in the London Buddhist Lodgewhich had been established by Theosophistsand was then run by the barrister Christmas Humphreys.
The young Watts explored several styles of meditation during these years. Though he was frequently at the top of his classes scholastically and was given responsibilities at school, he botched an opportunity for a scholarship to Oxford by styling a crucial examination essay in a way that was read as " presumptuous and capricious.
Gurdjieffand the varied psychoanalytical schools of FreudJung and Adler. Watts also read widely in philosophy, history, psychology, psychiatry and Eastern wisdom. By his own reckoning, and also by that of his biographer Monica FurlongWatts was primarily an autodidact.
His involvement with the Buddhist Lodge in London afforded Watts a considerable number of opportunities for personal growth. Through Humphreys, he contacted eminent spiritual authors e. Suzuki read a paper, and afterwards was able to meet this esteemed scholar of Zen Buddhism.
Ruth Fuller later married the Zen master or "roshi"Sokei-an Sasakiwho served as a sort of model and mentor to Watts, though he chose not to enter into a formal Zen training relationship with Sasaki. During these years, according to his later writings, Watts had another mystical experience while on a walk with his wife.
In Watts and his wife left England to live in the United States. Watts became a United States citizen in Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. November Learn how and when to remove this template message Watts left formal Zen training in New York because the method of the teacher did not suit him.
He was not ordained as a Zen monk, but he felt a need to find a vocational outlet for his philosophical inclinations. He entered Seabury-Western Theological Seminaryan Episcopal Anglican school in Evanston, Illinois, where he studied Christian scriptures, theology, and church history.
He attempted to work out a blend of contemporary Christian worship, mystical Christianity, and Asian philosophy.
A Study in the Necessity of Mystical Religion. However, the pattern was set, in that Watts did not hide his dislike for religious outlooks that he decided were dour, guilt-ridden, or militantly proselytizing—no matter if they were found within JudaismChristianityIslamHinduismor Buddhism.
As recounted in his autobiography, Alan was ordained as an Episcopal priest in aged 30 and resigned the ministry bypartly as a result of an extramarital affair which resulted in his wife having their marriage annulled, but also because he could no longer reconcile his Buddhist beliefs with the formal doctrine of the church.
Hasegawa, in particular, served as a teacher to Watts in the areas of Japanese customs, arts, primitivism, and perceptions of nature. It was during this time he met the poet, Jean Burden with whom he had a four-year love affair. Watts also studied written Chinese and practiced Chinese brush calligraphy with Hasegawa as well as with some of the Chinese students who enrolled at the academy.
While Watts was noted for an interest in Zen Buddhismhis reading and discussions delved into Vedanta" the new physics ", cyberneticssemanticsprocess philosophynatural historyand the anthropology of sexuality. Middle years[ edit ] After heading up the Academy for a few years, Watts left the faculty for a freelance career in the mids.
Like other volunteer programmers at the listener-sponsored station, Watts was not paid for his broadcasts.
These weekly broadcasts continued untilby which time he had attracted a "legion of regular listeners". These recordings are broadcast to this day. For example, in Watts lectures were broadcast on Sunday mornings on San Francisco radio station KSAN;  and even today a number of radio stations continue to have an Alan Watts program in their weekly program schedules.
In Watts, then 42, published one of his best known books, The Way of Zen, which focused on philosophical explication and history. Watts offered analogies from cybernetic principles possibly applicable to the Zen life. The book sold well, eventually becoming a modern classic, and helped widen his lecture circuit.
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