British-American philosopher who interpreted and popularised Eastern philosophy for a Western audience. Watts gained a large following in the San Francisco Bay Area while working as a volunteer programmer at KPFA, a Pacifica Radio station in Berkeley.
Towards the end of his life, he divided his time between a houseboat in Sausalito and a cabin on Mount Tamalpais. According to the critic Erik Davis, his “writings and recorded talks still shimmer with a profound and galvanizing lucidity. Holbrook Lane, which was subsequently lived in by author John Hemming-Clark in the early 1900s. Watts also later wrote of a mystical dream he experienced while ill with a fever as a child.
During this time he was influenced by Far Eastern landscape paintings and embroideries that had been given to his mother by missionaries returning from China. By his own assessment, Watts was imaginative, headstrong, and talkative. Watts spent several holidays in France in his teen years, accompanied by Francis Croshaw, a wealthy Epicurean with strong interests in both Buddhism and exotic little-known aspects of European culture. Watts attended The King’s School, Canterbury, next door to Canterbury Cathedral.
When he left secondary school, Watts worked in a printing house and later a bank. He spent his spare time involved with the Buddhist Lodge and also under the tutelage of a “rascal guru” named Dimitrije Mitrinović. In 1936, aged 21, he attended the World Congress of Faiths at the University of London, heard D.
Suzuki read a paper, and afterwards was able to meet this esteemed scholar of Zen Buddhism. 1930s—developed because that tradition embodied the spiritual, interwoven with the practical, as exemplified in the subtitle of his Spirit of Zen: A Way of Life, Work, and Art in the Far East. Work”, “life”, and “art” were not demoted due to a spiritual focus. Watts married Eleanor Everett, whose mother Ruth Fuller Everett was involved with a traditional Zen Buddhist circle in New York.
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Sokei-an Sasaki, who served as a sort of model and mentor to Watts, though he chose not to enter into a formal Zen training relationship with Sasaki. This section needs additional citations for verification. Watts left formal Zen training in New York because the method of the teacher did not suit him.