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March 8, 2018 56 min
Aired Wednesday, 7 March 2018, 2:00 PM EST

The Collected Letters of Alan Watts with Joan and Anne Watts

Alan Watts was a famous philosopher, author, and lecturer who popularized Zen Buddhism and other Eastern philosophies for the counterculture of the 1960s. Today, his writings and lectures remain popular and can be found online where many continue to be enlightened by the thought provoking teachings of Alan Watts. But who was Alan Watts as a person?

The daughters of Alan Watts, Joan Watts and Anne Watts, have collected and curated hundreds of their fathers letters which offer us candid insights into the private world and mind of Alan Watts.

Join Sylvia and her guests Joan Watts and Anne Watts as they discuss what it was like growing up in the home of Alan Watts and the newest book containing previously unpublished writings of Alan Watts called, The Collected Letters of Alan Watts, which they themselves edited.

About the Editors:

Joan Watts grew up in the United States and England, attending private schools, and then studied art at various institutions in the United States. She also studied sumi-e (Japanese ink painting) for two years in Japan. Her art has won awards in juried shows and hangs in many private collections. In addition to her art career, she spent twenty-five years as a successful fund-raiser in the nonprofit world. She retired in her fifties and moved to Montana, where for twenty years she was an occasional fishing guide and operated a bed-and-breakfast that catered to fly fishers from around the world. After retiring (again), she began, along with her sister Anne, editing her father’s letters for publication and resumed her painting. She is the mother of five successful, happy children and nine grandchildren. She lives in Livingston, Montana, with her husband, Johnny (Montana) Hale, a musician, songwriter, and retired motion picture–industry technician. Most of her life decisions have been influenced in one way or another by her father, Alan Watts.

Anne Watts’s philosophies were also strongly shaped by her experience as the daughter of Alan Watts. Anne is a certified hypnotherapist and an educator and counselor in the areas of human sexuality, sexual abuse, family stress, self-esteem, healing the inner child, and financial and aging issues. Since 1985, she has facilitated hundreds of workshops in the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, England, and Germany with the Human Awareness Institute, work she is deeply passionate about. Since 2008, she has also been a regular faculty member at Esalen Institute. Anne is the proud mother of two children, Myra Krien and Michael Andrews, and three grandsons, Max Krien, Oliver Andrews, and Eli Andrews. She lives in Santa Rosa, California, in a deeply loving relationship with her husband, Mark Kupke, who has been her partner since 1984. Find her work online at:

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