Zen Effects

Zen Effects

The Life of Alan Watts

Book - 1986
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Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c1986
Branch Call Number: B WATTS,A
Characteristics: xiii, 236 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Watts, Alan 1915-1973

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May 13, 2019

" From the beginning Gary Snyder and Alan got along well. . . one night Watts drove Snyder home from a meeting and they finished a bottle of wine together and talked deeply about Buddhism. The friendship really took off when Snyder sent Watts a letter on some points of discussion between them and wrote it in italic calligraphy. Calligraphy, one of Watts's great enthusiasms, became another shared pleasure between them like their interest in classical Chinese. Details of translation and interpretation became a running topic between them, and at watt's invitation, Snyder gave readings of his Chinese translations at the academy." " The academy was an arena in which people asked the hardest questions about living; it was a long way from the 'information service' it had once purported to be. But its success in touching spiritual and philosophical depths did not help it financially......Frederic Spiegelberg resigned as director in 1952 and went to teach at Stanford. The academy moved from the financial district to a rambling old mansion on Broadway in Pacific Heights." " The freedom that lies in Zen is the discovery that we deny our own freedom by determinedly manufacturing our own ego, with all its attendant problems, from moment to moment."

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