Alan Watts

New World Library

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Paper-over-board hardcover
96 pages
5 x 71⁄4
Black-and-white illustrations throughout

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A Short Introduction with Illustrations by the Author


  • A facsimile gift edition of a rare early work by Watts, first pub- lished in 1948
  • Features chapter-opening ink drawings and calligraphy by Watts
  • Watts’s lectures frequently appear on YouTube, with someaccompanied by animation or electronic music
  • Several Facebook groups host ongoing discussions of Watts’s work, collectively generating hundreds of thousands of likesAccording to Alan Watts, “Zen taste deplores the cluttering of a picture or of a room with many objects.” In that sense, this minimal- ist book embodies the aesthetic of Zen itself. As with brushstrokes in a Japanese ink painting, the words have been used sparingly and arranged precisely, with no unnecessary detail. In seven brief chap- ters, Watts captures the essence of Zen Buddhism as a religion and a way of life. He explains fundamental Zen concepts, introduces revered Zen thinkers, places Zen within the broader context of East- ern religion, and traces the influence of Zen in the arts. Illustrated with calligraphy and drawings by the author, this reprint of an old classic will delight fans of Alan Watts, while introducing new readers to a legendary author who infused groundbreaking scholarship with literary brilliance.

Alan Watts

Alan Watts is the author of more than 25 books, including The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are, The Wisdom of lnsecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety, and Psychotherapy East and West. He has inspired generations of spiritual seekers and, through his books and recordings, continues to enthrall new readers and listeners to this day. For more information, visit alanwatts.org
Agence Schweiger

Agence Schweiger