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In this new edition of his acclaimed autobiography long out of print and rare until now Alan Watts tracks his spiritual and philosophical evolution. A child of religious conservatives in rural England he went on to become a freewheeling spiritual teacher who challenged Westerners to defy convention and think for themselves. Watts's portrait of himself shows that he was a philosophical renegade from early on in his intellectual life. Self-taught in many areas he came to Buddhism through the teachings of Christmas Humphreys and D. T. Suzuki. Told in a nonlinear style In My Own Way combines Watts's brand of unconventional philosophy with wry observations on Western culture and often hilarious accounts of gurus celebrities and psychedelic drug experiences. A charming foreword by Watts's father sets the tone of this warm funny and beautifully written story. Watts encouraged readers to follow your own weird something he always did himself as this remarkable account of his life shows.

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