Alan Watts Zen

Alan Wilson Watts (Chislehurst, 6 gennaio1915 – Mount Tamalpais, 16 novembre1973) è stato un filosofoinglese.

Ensō, simbolo zen. Calligrafia di Kanjūrō Shibata XX (二十代柴田勘十郎, 1921-), maestro di kyūdō.
  1. Narrated by Sean Runnette, this audio program presents Alan Watts's classic bestseller, introducing Western listeners to Zen Buddhism and elaborating on the key concepts including: The history of Zen. The principles and practice of Zen. The tradition of Za-Zen (meditation) and the Koan.
  2. The Alan Watts Organization is dedicated to preserving Alan’s legacy through archival efforts and creative partnerships. Our goal is to make his work accessible digitally as well as through traditional media, and to help spread his message to future generations. The AWO is a descendant of the Electronic University, which Alan and his son Mark.

Biografia[modificamodifica wikitesto]

Alan Watts explains the history of Chinese Taoism and Indian Buddhism to provide context for Zen Buddhism, but I do not feel that he did a good job explaining Buddhism's history, philosophy, or theology. Trying to explain Zen in particular is arguably much more.

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Nato nel 1915, nel Kent, da una famiglia della classe media , si trasferì negli Stati Uniti nel 1938. Noto per i suoi vasti studi di filosofia orientale (buddhismo Zen, taoismo, induismo), pubblicò nel 1957The Way of Zen, la sua opera più significativa.

Poco tempo dopo, durante un tour in Europa, ebbe modo di conoscere lo psichiatra e psicanalista Carl Gustav Jung con cui approfondì alcune nuove tesi sulla moderna psicologia. Al suo ritorno negli Stati Uniti fu introdotto all'esperienza psichedelica dal Dr. Oscar Janiger.

Entrò poi in seminario venendo ordinato pastore episcopaliano, ma poi la sua esperienza spirituale lo portò alla conversione al buddhismo.

Ebbe modo di insegnare nelle università di Cambridge (Inghilterra), Cornell (USA) e Hawaii.

Negli ultimi anni della sua vita divenne uno dei punti di riferimento per tutta l'area della controcultura.

Watts morì nel sonno, a causa di scompenso cardiaco sorto all'età di 58 anni dopo un faticoso tour di seminari.

Bibliografia in lingua originale[modificamodifica wikitesto]

  • 1936 The Spirit of Zen
  • 1937 The Legacy of Asia and Western Man
  • 1940 The Meaning of Happiness
  • 1944 Theologica Mystica of St. Dionysius
  • 1948 Behold the Spirit: A Study in the Necessity of Mystical Religion
  • 1950 Easter - Its Story and Meaning
  • 1950 The Supreme Identity (La suprema identità)
  • 1951 The Wisdom of Insecurity (La saggezza del dubbio)
  • 1953 Myth and Ritual in Christianity
  • 1957 The Way of Zen ('La via dello Zen', 1ª edizione italiana 1960)
  • 1958 Nature, Man, and Woman (Uomo, donna, natura)
  • 1960 'This Is It' and Other Essays on Zen and Spiritual Experience
  • 1961 Psychotherapy East and West
  • 1962 The Joyous Cosmology (La gaia cosmologia)
  • 1963 The Two Hands of God - The Myths of Polarity
  • 1964 Beyond Theology - The Art of Godmanship
  • 1966 The Book - On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are (Il libro dei tabù che ci vietano la conoscenza di ciò che veramente siamo)
  • 1967 Nonsense
  • 1970 Does It Matter?: Essays on Man's Relation to Materiality
  • 1971 Erotic Spirituality - The Vision of Konarak
  • 1972 The Art of Contemplation
  • 1972 In My Own Way - An Autobiography 1915-1965
  • 1973 Cloud-hidden, Whereabouts Unknown: A Mountain Journal
  • 1974 The Essence of Alan Watts
  • 1975 Tao: The Watercourse Way
  • 1976 Essential Alan Watts
  • 1978 Uncarved Block, Unbleached Silk: The Mystery of Life
  • 1979 Om: Creative Meditations
  • 1982 Play to Live
  • 1983 Way of Liberation: Essays and Lectures on the Transformation of the Self
  • 1985 Out of the Trap
  • 1986 Diamond Web
  • 1987 The Early Writings of Alan Watts
  • 1990 The Modern Mystic: A New Collection of Early Writings
  • 1994 Talking Zen
  • 1995 Become What You Are
  • 1995 Buddhism: The Religion of No-Religion
  • 1995 The Philosophies of Asia
  • 1995 The Tao of Philosophy
  • 1996 Myth and Religion
  • 1997 Taoism: Way Beyond Seeking
  • 1997 Zen and the Beat Way
  • 1998 Culture of Counterculture
  • 1999 Buddhism: The Religion of No-Religion
  • 2000 Still the mind : an introduction to meditation
  • 2000 What is Zen?
  • 2000 What is Tao?
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Audio e video works[modificamodifica wikitesto]

Incluse registrazioni di reading e seminari nelle maggiori Università USA:

  • 1960 Eastern Wisdom in Modern Life, television series, (qui)
  • 1960 Essential Lectures, audio recordings, (qui)
  • 1960 Nature of Consciousness, essay, (qui)
  • 1960 The Value of Psychotic Experience
  • 1960 The World As Emptiness
  • 1960 From Time to Eternity
  • 1960 Lecture On Zen
  • 1960 The Cross of Cards
  • 1960 Taoism
  • 1962 This Is IT
  • 1968 'Psychedelics & Religious Experience', in California Law Review (qui)
  • 1969 Why Not Now: The Art of Meditation
  • 1994 Zen: The Best of Alan Watts (VHS)
  • 2005 Do You Do It, or Does It Do You?: how to let the universe meditate you (CD)
  • 2007 Zen Meditations with Alan Watts, DVD, (qui)

Altri progetti[modificamodifica wikitesto]

Altri progetti

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Collegamenti esterni[modificamodifica wikitesto]

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Release Date: 26-01-1999

Details: Product DescriptionIn his definitive introduction to Zen Buddhism, Alan Watts ('the perfect guide for a course correction in life' —Deepak Chopra), explains the principles and practices of this ancient religion. With a rare combination of freshness and lucidity, he delves into the origins and history of Zen to explain what it means for the world today with incredible clarity. Watts saw Zen as “one of the most precious gifts of Asia to the world,” and inThe Way of Zen he gives this gift to readers everywhere.“Perhaps the foremost interpreter of Eastern disciplines for the contemporary West, Watts had the rare gift of ‘writing beautifully the unwritable.’”—Los Angeles ReviewAfter D.T. Suzuki, Alan Watts stands as the godfather of Zen in America. Often taken to task for inspiring the flimsy spontaneity of Beat Zen, Watts had an undeniably keen understanding of his subject. Nowhere is this more evident than in his 1957 classicThe Way of Zen, which has been reissued. Watts takes the reader back to the philosophical foundations of Zen in the conceptual world of Hinduism, follows Buddhism's course through the development of the early Mahayana school, the birth of Zen from Buddhism's marriage with Chinese Taoism, and on to Zen's unique expression in Japanese art and life. As a Westerner, Watts anticipates the stumbling blocks encountered with such concepts as emptiness and no-mind, then illustrates with flawlessly apt examples. Many popular books have been written on Zen since Watts' time, but few have been able to muster the rare combination of erudition and clarity that have keptThe Way of Zen in readers' hands decade after decade. --Brian BruyaReview“Perhaps the foremost interpreter of Eastern disciplines for the contemporary West, Watts had the rare gift of ‘writing beautifully the unwritable.’”—Los Angeles TimesAbout the AuthorAlan W. Watts, who held both a master’s degree in theology and a doctorate of divinity, is best remembered as an interpreter of Zen Buddhism in particular, and of Indian and Chinese philosophy in general. Standing apart, however, from sectarian membership, he has earned the reputation of being one of the most original and “unrutted” philosophers of the twentieth century. Watts was the author of some twenty books on the philosophy and psychology of religion that have been published in many languages throughout the world, including the bestselling The Way of Zen. An avid lecturer, Watts appeared regularly on the radio and hosted the popular television series, Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life,in the 1960s. He died in 1973.

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