17 episodes

Take a deep dive into the collected recordings of Alan Watts with Alan’s son, Mark Watts. 
Being in the Way is a podcast series that explores the Alan Watts Archive’s 100-hour tape collection - including recordings not heard in 40 years. We will meet some of the people being influenced by the works of Alan Watts today and learn a little of the history behind how these remarkable recordings were made. 
Mark and his guests offer reflections on Alan’s ideas— ideas that were radically innovative and groundbreaking in the sixties and seventies, and yet seem to have come of age today.
Being in the Way is brought to you by the Alan Watts Organization, in partnership with Ram Dass' Be Here Now Network.
Check out all of the Alan Watts Organization's offerings at alanwatts.org. 

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 394 Ratings

Take a deep dive into the collected recordings of Alan Watts with Alan’s son, Mark Watts. 
Being in the Way is a podcast series that explores the Alan Watts Archive’s 100-hour tape collection - including recordings not heard in 40 years. We will meet some of the people being influenced by the works of Alan Watts today and learn a little of the history behind how these remarkable recordings were made. 
Mark and his guests offer reflections on Alan’s ideas— ideas that were radically innovative and groundbreaking in the sixties and seventies, and yet seem to have come of age today.
Being in the Way is brought to you by the Alan Watts Organization, in partnership with Ram Dass' Be Here Now Network.
Check out all of the Alan Watts Organization's offerings at alanwatts.org. 

    Ep. 16 – A Coincidence of Opposites

    Ep. 16 – A Coincidence of Opposites

    Contemplating the coincidence of opposites within the 'human game,' Alan ponders the simple yet thought-provoking question: is existence serious?

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    In this episode of Being in the Way, Mark introduces a lecture from his father Alan Watts called 'Coincidence of Opposites' – the first talk in a seminar called 'Learning the Human Game,' given in 1965 at the University of Michigan to a small group of psychology and philosophy grad students.

    "One has to get used fundamentally to the notion that different things can be inseparable—that what is explicitly two, can at the same time be implicitly one." – Alan Watts




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    • 41 min
    Ep. 15 – Changes: The Houseboat Summit with Alan Watts, Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg, Gary Synder, & Allen Cohen

    Ep. 15 – Changes: The Houseboat Summit with Alan Watts, Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg, Gary Synder, & Allen Cohen

    Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, & Allen Cohen join Alan Watts on his houseboat to discuss change, the evolution of society, and the practicality of 'dropping out.'

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    In this episode of Being in the Way, Mark Watts introduces a truly legendary discussion featuring his father Alan Watts, Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, and Allen Cohen. Beaming in from the summer of 1967 on Alan's infamous houseboat in Sausalito, CA, this stacked lineup of free-thinkers, beatniks, poets, environmentalists, psychedelicists, and spiritualists dive into heady and practical conversation around "dropping out" into a freer, more natural, tribe-focused society.

    "What we need to realize is there can be a movement, a stirring among people, which can be organically designed instead of politically designed." – Alan Watts




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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Ep. 14 – Aesthetics and Mystical Vision

    Ep. 14 – Aesthetics and Mystical Vision

    In this recording from 1972, Alan Watts lectures on mystical vision via art, aesthetics, and Buddhist and Daoist philosophy.

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    “You and I have all conspired with ourselves to pretend that we are not really God, but of course we are. That is perfectly obvious. We are all apertures through which the universe is looking at itself. Only it is so arranged that we don’t know that in exactly the same way as we don't look at our own eyes.” – Alan Watts

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Ep. 13 – Psychology of Mystical Experience

    Ep. 13 – Psychology of Mystical Experience

    Binding contrast into paradox, Alan takes us on a journey through the psychology of mystical experience in relation to life and death, followed by a jaunt through the power of nothingness.

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    In this episode of Being in the Way, Mark Watts opens the door to the vault, introducing two rare recordings from his father, Alan Watts. The first lecture, entitled Psychology of Mystical Experience, stems from March 5th, 1972 at San Jose State exploring the paradox of life and death. Recorded on Alan's infamous houseboat in Sausalito, the second talk, Nothingness, highlights the inseparable oneness of contrasts, like form and formlessness.

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    • 1 hr
    Ep. 12 – Cosmic Drama

    Ep. 12 – Cosmic Drama

    This time on the Being in the Way podcast, Alan Watts explores the concepts of identity and consciousness, looking at the role we play in the greater 'Cosmic Drama'. Before the talk from Alan, we invite you to listen to an insightful conversation between Mark Watts and his guest, Cory Allen, about getting in touch with the core ideas of Alan Watts’ teachings.

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    Cory Allen is an author, mindfulness teacher, and music producer. He uses his podcast The Astral Hustle to ask leading experts in mindfulness, neuroscience, music, and philosophy to share their wisdom. Check out his book titled Now Is the Way and his online meditation course called Release into Now.




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    • 59 min
    Ep. 11 – Essential Teachings from the Gita w/ Ram Dass & Alan Watts

    Ep. 11 – Essential Teachings from the Gita w/ Ram Dass & Alan Watts

    Ram Dass joins Alan for a look at the tools that the Bhagavad Gita offers us to face life's challenges head-on.

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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
394 Ratings

394 Ratings

Wiyot79 ,

Inspiring

Alan Watts has a way of speaking to my soul and inspiring my mind.
He makes me want to learn more. Thank you, from this life to the next. 707 NDN #Wiyot

whipitoutnowboy ,

Contemplative

Listen every day.

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marializaxo ,

Always a great listen

Thank you, Mark Watts, for sharing your father’s wonderful works. It’s a real pleasure and privilege to be able to listen to and enjoy his teachings today ❤️

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