Alan Watts: Moving in Toward the Idea of Zen

Alan Watts, if you’re unfamiliar with him and his work, was a student of Zen and of philosophy in general, who worked to bring Zen and other Eastern traditions to the West (though certainly, the juxtaposition of East v. West reveals part of the problem of translating things like Zen in the first place into a culture that sees things binarily). In this brief excerpt, he does what all great Zen teachers do: attempt to help the student or listener arrive at an understanding through illustration rather than direct instruction. Enjoy–I hope your Wednesday is treating you well.

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