In My Own Way: An Autobiography

In My Own Way: An Autobiography

by Alan Watts
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In My Own Way: An Autobiography by Alan Watts


In this new edition of his acclaimed autobiography — long out of print and rare until now — Alan Watts tracks his spiritual and philosophical evolution from a child of religious conservatives in rural England to a freewheeling spiritual teacher who challenged Westerners to defy convention and think for themselves. From early in this intellectual life, Watts shows himself to be a philosophical renegade and wide-ranging autodidact who came to Buddhism through the teachings of Christmas Humphreys and D. T. Suzuki. Told in a nonlinear style, In My Own Way wonderfully combines Watts’ own brand of unconventional philosophy and often hilarious accounts of gurus, celebrities, psychedelic drug experiences, and wry observations of Western culture. A charming foreword written by Watts’ father sets the tone of this warm, funny, and beautifully written story of a compelling figure who encouraged readers to “follow your own weird” — something he always did himself, as his remarkable account of his life shows.

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ISBN-13: 9781577315841
Publisher: New World Library
Publication date: 05/28/2007
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 401,497
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

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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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