In My Own Way by Alan Watts

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In this new edition of his acclaimed autobiography — long out of print and rare until now — Alan Watts tracks his spiritual and philosophical evolution. A child of religious conservatives in rural England, he went on to become a freewheeling spiritual teacher who challenged Westerners to defy convention and think for themselves. Watts's portrait of himself shows that he was a philosophical renegade from early on in his intellectual life. Self-taught in many areas, he came to Buddhism through the teachings of Christmas Humphreys and D. T. Suzuki.

Told in a nonlinear style, In My Own Way combines Watts's brand of unconventional philosophy with wry observations on Western culture and often hilarious accounts of gurus, celebrities, and psychedelic drug experiences. A charming foreword by Watts's father sets the tone of this warm, funny, and beautifully written story. Watts encouraged readers to “follow your own weird” — something he always did himself, as this remarkable account of his life shows.
 

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Alan Watts was born in England in 1915. He was an Episcopalian priest who became the spokesperson for Eastern religions during the late 1950s and tumultuous 60s. His first book, "The Spirit of Zen, " however, was written in the 30s when Watts was just 20 years old. He went on to write more than twenty other books. He died in 1973.
 
Published February 9, 2011 by New World Library. 402 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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The man who readily acknowledges what others have reproached him for—his ""certain charm and a big gift of gab""—also places himself as a philosopher, poet, Brahmin, ""disreputable epicurean"" and ""unrepentant sensualist"" (no stylite he) as well as a grandfather, father of seven and...

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