The Works of Alan Watts

The Works of Alan Watts

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The complete audio works of Alan Watts:

  • 180 Unique talks
  • 19 Curated albums
  • Spanning more than 20 years of Alan's career
  • Includes lectures with "Dream any dream," "Live fully now," "Life is play," and many more
  • Sorts automatically in iPhone and Android, iTunes, Windows Media Player
  • 230 high quality, DRM-free MP3 files (size: 4.2GB) as a permanent addition to your personal library
  • Over 141 hours of remastered audio you can sync to all your devices

What's Included

Essential Lectures Collection

Tao of Philosophy

  • Not What Should Be
  • Sense of Nonsense
  • Coincidence of Opposites
  • Seeing Through the Net
  • Myth of Myself
  • Man and Nature
  • Limits of Language

Philosophies of Asia

  • Relevance of Oriental Philosophy
  • Mythology of Hinduism
  • Introduction to Buddhism
  • Eco-Zen
  • Taoist Way
  • Intellectual Yoga

Myth & Religion

  • Images of God
  • Jesus: His Religion
  • Spiritual Authority
  • Image of Man
  • Democracy in Heaven
  • Religion & Sexuality

Philosophy & Society

  • Veil of Thoughts
  • Divine Madness
  • We as Organism
  • On Being God
  • Mysticism & Morality
  • What Is Reality

Comparative Philosophy

  • Mind Over Mind
  • Philosophy of Nature
  • The Cosmic Drama
  • Spectrum of Love
  • Love of Waters
  • Game of Yes and No
  • The Smell of Burnt Almonds
  • Spiritual Alchemy

Eastern Wisdom Collection

Ways of Liberation

  • Introduction to Oriental Philosophy
  • On Buddhism
  • On Taoism 
  • Way of Liberation
  • Introduction to Hinduism
  • On Hinduism
  • On Yoga

Religion of No Religion

  • Journey to India
  • The Middle Way
  • Buddhism as Dialogue
  • Religion of No Religion
  • Wisdom of the Mountains
  • Diamond Web
  • Transcending Duality

Eastern & Western Zen

  • Introduction to Zen
  • Early Chinese Zen
  • Uncarved Block
  • Zen Bones
  • Biting an Iron Bull
  • World As Just So


  • Swimming Headless
  • Wisdom of the Ridiculous
  • Philosophy of the Tao
  • Way Beyond Seeking
  • Landscape, Soundscape

Zen & Meditation

  • Democratization of Buddhism
  • The Controlled Accident
  • Meditation
  • Zenrin Poems
  • Art of Meditation
  • Why Not Now?
  • Introduction to a Contemplative Ritual
  • A Contemplative Ritual

Extended Seminars Collection

Comparative Religion

  • Four Ways to the Center
  • Worldly Religions


  • Net of Jewels
  • Problems in Meditation
  • Thusness
  • World as Consciousness
  • Zen Reconsidered

Early Radio Talks

  • Aldous Huxley
  • Art of Psychoanalysis
  • Bang or Whimper
  • Bhagavad Gita
  • Buddhist Mysticism
  • Constitution of Nature
  • Daylight Savings
  • Fundamentals of Buddhism
  • G.K. Chesterton
  • Gateless Gate
  • Ghosts
  • Humor in Religion
  • Laws of Karma
  • Man is a Hoax
  • Parallel Thinking
  • Play & Sincerity
  • Problems of Preaching
  • Reconciliation of Opposites
  • Return to the Forest
  • Seeing Through the Game
  • Study of Asia
  • Symbolic and the Real
  • Tribute to Carl Jung
  • Un-Preachable Religion

Human Consciousness

  • Ecological Awareness
  • Education for Non-Entity
  • Nature of Consciousness
  • Transformation of Consciousness

Spiritual Alchemy

  • The Psychedelic Experience
  • The Psychedelic Explosion
  • Turning the Head or Turning On

The Arts

  • Bushido
  • The Importance of Space
  • The Way of Tea

The Future

  • Future of Communications
  • Future of Politics
  • Future of Religion
  • Time and the Future

The Self

  • Birth, Death and the Unborn
  • Pursuit of Pleasure
  • World as Play
  • World as Self

The Universe

  • Individual and the World
  • Power of Space

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Quotes Found Within "The Works"

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. 

To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don't grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.

You don't look out there for God, something in the sky, you look in you

We cannot be more sensitive to pleasure without being more sensitive to pain. 

Never pretend to a love which you do not actually feel, for love is not ours to command.

I owe my solitude to other people.

The ego is nothing other than the focus of conscious attention.

No work or love will flourish out of guilt, fear, or hollowness of heart, just as no valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.

You are that vast thing that you see far, far off with great telescopes.

Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth

You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean.

But the attitude of faith is to let go, and become open to truth, whatever it might turn out to be.

But I'll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you'll come to understand that you're connected with everything.

How is it possible that a being with such sensitive jewels as the eyes, such enchanted musical instruments as the ears, and such fabulous arabesque of nerves as the brain can experience itself anything less than a god.

So then, the relationship of self to other is the complete realization that loving yourself is impossible without loving everything defined as other than yourself.

I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.

But to me nothing - the negative, the empty - is exceedingly powerful.

The reason we want to go on and on is because we live in an impoverished present.

The moralist is the person who tells people that they ought to be unselfish, when they still feel like egos, and his efforts are always and invariably futile.

Things are as they are. Looking out into it the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations.

The reason we have poverty is that we have no imagination. There are a great many people accumulating what they think is vast wealth, but it's only money... they don't know how to enjoy it, because they have no imagination.

The myths underlying our culture and underlying our common sense have not taught us to feel identical with the universe, but only parts of it, only in it, only confronting it - aliens.

Saints need sinners.

A myth is an image in terms of which we try to make sense of the world.

Omnipotence is not knowing how everything is done; it's just doing it.

And although our bodies are bounded with skin, and we can differentiate between outside and inside, they cannot exist except in a certain kind of natural environment.

But we try to pretend, you see, that the external world exists altogether independently of us.

We identify in our experience a differentiation between what we do and what happens to us.

What the devil is the point of surviving, going on living, when it's a drag? But you see, that's what people do.

The religious idea of God cannot do full duty for the metaphysical infinity.

But at any rate, the point is that God is what nobody admits to being, and everybody really is.

Religion is not a department of life; it is something that enters into the whole of it. 

So the bodhisattva saves all beings, not by preaching sermons to them, but by showing them that they are delivered, they are liberated, by the act of not being able to stop changing.

The style of God venerated in the church, mosque, or synagogue seems completely different from the style of the natural universe. 

In other words, a person who is fanatic in matters of religion, and clings to certain ideas about the nature of God and the universe, becomes a person who has no faith at all.

Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.

Wars based on principle are far more destructive... the attacker will not destroy that which he is after.

If you study the writings of the mystics, you will always find things in them that appear to be paradoxes, as in Zen, particularly.

Technology is destructive only in the hands of people who do not realize that they are one and the same process as the universe. 

Faith is a state of openness or trust.

Buddhism has in it no idea of there being a moral law laid down by some kind of cosmic lawgiver.

The difficulty for most of us in the modern world is that the old-fashioned idea of God has become incredible or implausible. 

In known history, nobody has had such capacity for altering the universe than the people of the United States of America. And nobody has gone about it in such an aggressive way.

And the attitude of faith is the very opposite of clinging to belief, of holding on.

So what is discord at one level of your being is harmony at another level.

Some believe all that parents, tutors, and kindred believe. They take their principles by inheritance, and defend them as they would their estates, because they are born heirs to them.