Become What You Are
By Alan Watts
“Life exists only at this very moment, and in this moment it is infinite and eternal. For the present moment is infinitely small; before we can measure it, it has gone, and yet it exists forever. . . . You may believe yourself out of harmony with life and its eternal Now; but you cannot be, for you are life and exist Now.”—from Become What You Are
In this collection of writings, including nine new chapters never before available in book form, Watts displays the intelligence, playfulness of thought, and simplicity of language that has made him so perennially popular as an interpreter of Eastern thought for Westerners. He draws on a variety of religious traditions, and covers topics such as the challenge of seeing one’s life “just as it is,” the Taoist approach to harmonious living, the limits of language in the face of ineffable spiritual truth, and the psychological symbolism of Christian thought.
Alan Watts, Author
Alan Wilson Watts was a British philosopher, writer, and speaker known for interpreting and popularizing Buddhism, Taoism, and Hinduism for a Western audience. Born in Chislehurst, England, he moved to the United States in 1938 and began Zen training in New York. Wikipedia
I received sage advice from two very wise men regarding emotions and the ensuing eruptions often caused by those emotions. A sage is someone who is respected for their experience, wisdom and judgment. I received the first insight in Miami in September 2004 while attending a public lecture given by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on world peace and freeing the mind from suffering. During his opening remarks, His Holiness shared that he is a simple monk and very human, and that sometimes he gets angry with his staff, who lovingly care for him. He further explained that destructive tendencies like anger, jealousy and fear can only be eliminated by the strong desire to free ourselves and all beings from suffering. This is known as bodhicitta or the awakening of the compassionate mind. In order for the world to be in peace, we, as individuals, must first and foremost be in peace. We need to develop and sustain peaceful relations with those who are closest to us, our family, friends, coworkers and neighbors. This, in turn, creates the foundation for peace in the community, the state, the nation and the world at large. From this story, the Dalai Lama taught me that the key to inner peace is mindfulness.”