A Thought-Provoking View of Life

Narration by Alan Watts.

Watts felt forced to decide between the Anglican Christianity he had been exposed to and the Buddhism he had read about in various libraries, including Croshaw’s. He chose Buddhism…

Watts’ fascination with the Zen (or Chan) tradition—beginning during the 1930s—developed because that tradition embodied the spiritual, interwoven with the practical, as exemplified in the subtitle of his Spirit of Zen: A Way of Life, Work, and Art in the Far East

He attempted to work out a blend of contemporary Christian worship, mystical Christianity, and Asian philosophy. Watts was awarded a master’s degree in theology in response to his thesis, which he published as a popular edition under the title Behold the Spirit. 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 Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, or Buddhism…

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2 responses to “A Thought-Provoking View of Life

  1. Very thought-provoking. Reminds me of a commencement address I once heard where the speaker told the students they had a choice: “You can spend your life making money, or you can spend it making a difference. You choose.”

  2. “Life is what happens to you when you are making plans for other things.”

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