This episode from the 1960 season of Alan Watts' KQED television series Eastern Wisdom & Modern Life is entitled "The Discipline of Zen." The entire Eastern Wisdom & Modern Life series on DVD is available at alanwatts.com/collections.
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As a speaker and contributor to the Lodge's journal, The Middle Way, he wrote a series of philosophical commentaries and published his first book on Eastern thought, The Spirit of Zen, at age 21. In the late 1930s he moved to New York, and a few years later he became an Episcopalian Christian priest.
In 1942 he moved to Illinois and spent the wartime years as chaplain at Northwestern University. Then, in 1950, he left the Church, and his life took a turn away from organized religion back toward Eastern ways and expanding horizons.
|Here I am. Wasn't I?|
There his popular lectures spilled over into coffeehouse talks and appearances with the well-known beat writers Gary Snyder, Jack Kerouac, and Allen Ginsberg.
In late 1953 he began what would become the longest running series of Sunday morning public radio talks, which continue to to be broadcast to this day on archive.KPFK.org with programs from the Alan Watts tape archives.
|In the (sandy) Garden of Zen...|
By 1960 Watts's radio series Way Beyond the West on Berkeley's KPFA.org had an avid following on the West Coast, and NET television began national broadcasts of the series Eastern Wisdom in Modern Life.
The the first season, recorded in the studios of KQED.org, a San Francisco TV station, focused on the relevance of Buddhism, and the second, on Zen and the arts.
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