In My Own Way: An Autobiography [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577319931
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 6/1/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 329,419
  • File size: 726 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2007

    Alan Watts had the Gift of Gab and a Giant Mind

    I've got an original hardcover copy of this book and have just finished it. Alan Watts went on his own journey, exploring the world of belief, thoughts and ideas in his own idiosyncratic way. A man with a massive ego, dry sense of humor, vast intellect, not afraid to admit his weaknesses and self-doubts, Watts' life story is fascinating, informative, and, not surprisingly, scattered with philosophical inquiry that stimulates the reader into further investigation. Watts (1915-1973) went through many changes in his belief system and how he looked and acted. The photos of him during various time periods are a wonderful illustration of a person going from a straight, conformist appearance to that of a kimono-wearing, bearded free-thinker. His influence on the counterculture in America in the late 50's to mid 60s is undeniable. And, the guy is a great writer. It is this writing skill and his ability to communicate Eastern thought clearly, in a non-woowoo way, that makes him such a pleasure to read. Highly recommended if you are interested in Zen, Taoism, and the early Human Potential Movement in America.

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