"When understood, the Buddha’s universe..is anything but alien and inhibiting. It is a world full of hope, where everything we need to do can be done and everything that matters is within human reach. It is a world where kindness, unselfishness, non-violence, and compassion achieve what self-interest and arrogance cannot. It is a world where any human can be happy in goodness and the fullness of giving." ❦ Eknath Easwara

August 22, 2012

Alan Watts - The Way of Zen - Audio Book

In the history of the introduction of Buddhism, and especially of Zen, to the West, one name that stands out is Alan Watts.  Few people did more to popularize and explain Eastern philosophy than Watts.  Long before I had a serious interest in Buddhism, I remember reading and being intrigued by his popular The Way of Zen.

For those who may not have read it, or who would enjoy hearing it read, here is Alan Watts The Way of Zen as wonderfully narrated by Patrick Haugen.  The video is in six parts, each about an hour and twenty minutes long.

Gasshō to the YouTube poster TheHallofRecords for making this dharma available to everyone on YouTube

The Way of Zen - Part 1

The Way of Zen - Part 2

The Way of Zen - Part 3

The Way of Zen - Part 4

The Way of Zen - Part 5

The Way of Zen - Part 6

Update: Awesome! A dharma friend just told me one can download The Way of Zen in PDF form here:


If you find Alan Watts’s teaching skillful, you might also be interested in this article at my main dharma blog, Metta Refuge:


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  1. Great Post, and i'll get the pdf thank you!
    Alan Watts is a serious inspiration, here's my animation of his' account of Nirvana as recorded in his Lectures on Buddhism: The Middle Way - Watts' Nirvana

  2. Awesome post!I love the idea of a Alan Watts books.Thank you for the valuable information on this tips.