The Life of Alan Watts – Conversation with Anne and Joan Watts [Episode 20]

The Life of Alan Watts – Conversation with Anne and Joan Watts [Episode 20]

Alan Watts was a philosopher, writer, and public speaker known for his lucidity in explaining Eastern philosophy in a very accessible way to Western audiences. He was a big part of the counter cultural movement of the 60’s, and with the rise of digital media there has been a surge of interest in his work through countless recorded audio and video lectures, as well as his books and writings.

Join us for an intimate look into the life of the iconic Alan Watts, as we talk with two of his daughters, Anne and Joan Watts. We discuss the life of their father, things they learned growing up with him, and the impact he’s had on their lives. Joan and Anne very candidly discussed who he was as a person and a father, and the struggles of living a spiritual life in the modern world.

This was a deeply personal interview for me. I first found Alan’s work when I was in highschool learning about Taoism. When I traveled abroad, I had countless hours of lectures that I listened to on my iPod, and to this day, I still listen to his lectures regularly. I wanted to know more about the person behind the writing and lectures. Who was he as a father? What were his struggles and successes? This interview was more intimate than any I’ve done before, but I hope it gives a inside look into the life of this iconic and treasured man.

Anne and Joan recently released a book of collected letters from their father: The Collected Letters of Alan Watts, published by New World Library, and it’s available wherever books are sold.

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The Life of Alan Watts – Conversation with Anne and Joan Watts [Episode 20]


Special Guest: Anne Watts and Joan Watts

Creator and Host: Ashton Szabo

Intro and Outro Music: Emily Ann Peterson


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About The Author

Ashton’s mission in life is to empower others to live more meaningful lives through a deeper understanding of themselves. He began studying yoga as a young boy at the age of twelve, while already immersed in martial arts since he was five years old. In 2006, at the age of twenty-six, he left for the Far East and spent the next six and a half years traveling the world, learning from yogis, holy men, shaman and anyone else with insight into the nature of reality, convinced he was on the path to become a monk. Everything changed when he met his eventual wife, Kristi, and they had a beautiful daughter together: Sequoia. Being a parent also changed Ashton’s perspective on living in the world. He moved back to the United States with the intention of making the world a better place for this and future generations. He now lives with his family in Grass Valley, California where he, in addition to teaching locally, creates online courses and podcasts to share what he has learned with the world.

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