Publications by Alan Watts

Books: 1932-1973

1930-39

1932 - An Outline of Zen Buddhism (booklet)

1936 - Seven Symbols of Life: Being an Essay on Eternal Verities as Expressed in the Images of the Lotus, of Water, Wind, Fire, Man, Woman, and Child (booklet)

1936 - The Spirit of Zen: A Way of Life, Work, and Art in the Far East

1937 - The Legacy of Asia and Western Man: A Study of the Middle Way

1939 - The Psychology of Acceptance: The Reconciliation of the Opposites in Eastern Thought and in Analytical Psychology (booklet)

 

1940-49

1940 - The Meaning of Happiness: The Quest for Freedom of the Spirit in Modern Psychology and the Wisdom of the East

1944 - Theologia Mystica: Being the Treatise of Saint Dionysius, Pseudo-Areopagite, on Mystical Theology, Together with the First and Fifth Epistles (booklet)

1946 - The Meaning of Priesthood (booklet)

1947 - Behold the Spirit: A Study in the Necessity of Mystical Religion

1947 - Zen Buddhism: A New Outline and Introduction (booklet republished in 1948 as Zen)

1948 - Zen (enlarged republication of Zen Buddhism [1947])

 

1950-59

1950 - Easter: Its Story and Meaning

1950 - The Supreme Identity: An Essay on Oriental Metaphysic and the Christian Religion

1951 - The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety

1953 - Myth and Ritual in Christianity 

1955 - The Way of Liberation in Zen Buddhism (booklet)

1957 - The Way of Zen

1958 - Nature, Man, and Woman 

1959 - Beat Zen, Square Zen, and Zen

 

 

1960-69

1960 - This Is It: And Other Essays on Zen and Spiritual Experience

1961 - Psychotherapy East and West

1962 - The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness

1963 - The Two Hands of God: The Myths of Polarity

1964 - Beyond Theology: The Art of Godmanship

1965 - The “Deep-in” View: A Conversation with Alan Watts (booklet) 

1966 - The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

1967 - Nonsense

1968 - Cloud-Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown: A Mountain Journal

 
 

1970-79

1970 - Does it Matter? Essays on Man’s Relation to Materiality

1971 Erotic Spirituality: The Vision of Konarak

1972 - In My Own Way: An Autobiography, 1915-1965

1971 - The Theologia Mystica of Saint Dionysius (new and revised booklet)

1972 - The Art of Contemplation: A Facsimile Manuscript with Doodles

1972 - The Way of Liberation in Zen Buddhism (second edition booklet)

1973 - Tao: The Watercourse Way (completed by Al Chung-liang Huang)

 

Posthumous (After Death): 1974-2017

1970-79

1974 - The Essence of Alan Watts: Vol. 1 - God

1974 - The Essence of Alan Watts: Vol. 2 - Meditation

1974 - The Essence of Alan Watts: Vol. 3 - Nothingness

1975 - The Essence of Alan Watts: Vol. 4 - Death

1975 - The Essence of Alan Watts: Vol. 5 -The Nature of Man

1975 - The Essence of Alan Watts: Vol. 6 - Time

1975 - The Essence of Alan Watts: Vol. 7 - Philosophical Fantasies

1975 - The Essence of Alan Watts: Vol. 8 - Ego

1975 - The Essence of Alan Watts: Vol. 9 - Cosmic Drama

1977 - The Essence of Alan Watts (the complete Essence series in one book)

1977 - Three (Three books in one: The Way of Zen; Nature, Man, and Woman; Psychotherapy East and West)

1978 - Uncarved Block, Unbleached Silk: The Mystery of Life

 

1980-89

1980 - Om: Creative Meditations

1982 - Play to Live: Selected Seminars

1983 - The Way of Liberation: Essays and Lectures on the Transformation of the Self

1985 - The Essential Alan Watts

1985 - Out of the Trap: Selected Lectures of Alan W. Watts

1987 - Diamond Web: Selected Lectures of Alan W. Watts

1987 - The Early Writings of Alan Watts: The British Years (1931-1938): Writings in Buddhism in England

 

1990-99

1990 - The Modern Mystic: A New Collection of Early Writings of Alan Watts

1994 - Talking Zen

1995 - Become What You Are

1995 - Buddhism: The Religion of No-Religion - The Edited Transcripts

1995 - The Philosophies of Asia: The Edited Transcripts

1995 - The Tao of Philosophy: The Edited Transcripts

1996 - Myth and Religion: The Edited Transcripts

1997 - Seeds of Genius: The Early Writings of Alan Watts (U.S. version of The Modern Mystic)

1997 - Taoism: Way Beyond Seeking - The Edited Transcripts

1997 - Zen and the Beat Way

1998 - The Culture of Counter-Culture: The Edited Transcripts

 

2000+

2000 - Eastern Wisdom: Three Classics in One Volume - What is Zen? - What is Tao? - An Introduction to Meditation

2000 - Still the Mind: An Introduction to Meditation

2000 - What is Tao?

2000 - What is Zen?

2002 - Zen, The Supreme Experience: The Newly Discovered Scripts

2006 - Eastern Wisdom, Modern Life: Collected Talks, 1960-1969

2006 - The Essential Alan Watts: Seven Things We Thought We Knew About God and the Cosmos (But Didn’t)

2017 - Out of Your Mind: Tricksters, Interdependence, and the Cosmic Game of Hide-and-Seek

2017 - Alan Watts - In the Academy: Essays and Lectures, edited by Peter J. Columbus and Donadrian L. Rice

2017 - The Collected Letters of Alan Watts


Book Contributions: 1951-1973

1951 - “Introduction” in Spiritual Practices of India, by Frederic Spiegelberg

1963 - “Preface” in Outlines of Mahayana Buddhism, by D. T. Suzuki

1967 - “Foreword” in The Secret Oral Teachings in Tibetan Buddhist Sects, by A. David-Neel and L. Yongden

1968 - “Foreword” in The Ecstatic Adventure, edited by Ralph Metzner

1968 - “The Point is that Life is a Gesture” in The Ecstatic Adventure, edited by Ralph Metzner

1968 - “The Spirit of Violence and the Matter of Peace” in Alternatives to Violence: A Stimulus to Dialogue, edited by Larry Ng

1969 - “The Individual as Man/World” in The Subversive Science: Essays Toward an Ecology of Man, edited by P. Shepard and D. McKinley

1970 - “The Future of Religion” in Toward Century 21: Technology, Society and Human Values, edited by C. S. Wallia

1970 - “Western Mythology: Its Dissolution and Transformation” in Myths, Dreams, and Religion, edited by Joseph Campbell

1973 - “Foreword” in Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain: The Essence of T`ai Chi, by Chungliang Al Huang

1973 - “Foreword” in The Religion of Logos and Sophia: From the Writings of Dimitrije Mitrinovic on Christianity, by H. C. Rutherford

 

Last Edited: 2017-12-01