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Overview (3)

Born in Chislehurst, Kent, England, UK
Died in Mt. Tamalpais, California, USA  (heart failure)
Birth NameAlan Wilson Watts

Mini Bio (1)

Alan Watts was born on January 6, 1915 in Chislehurst, Kent, England as Alan Wilson Watts. He was an actor and writer, known for Finisterre (2014) and Zen Dog (2016). He died on November 16, 1973 in Mt. Tamalpais, California, USA.

Trade Mark (3)

Hearty laugh
His lectures on the principles of Zen Buddhism
Deep smooth voice

Trivia (9)

He was an only child.
He had seven children.
He was an Episcopal priest before converting to Zen Buddhism.
He moved to the United States in 1938 and became a citizen in 1943.
His body was cremated very shortly after his death and his ashes were split with half buried near his library at Druid Heights and half at the Green Gulch Monastery.
He became an Episcopal priest in 1945 and left the priesthood in 1950 when he moved to California.
He briefly worked in a printing house and a bank.
He is considered one of the key figures in spreading and popularizing the teachings of Zen Buddhism to western audiences.
His novels and lectures, most of which have been posted online in print or recorded format, are still immensely popular.

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