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 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: