Alan Wilson Watts (6 January 1915 – 16 November 1973) was a British-born American philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and populariser of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience. Born in Chislehurst, England, he moved to the United States in 1938 and began Zen training in New York. Pursuing a career, he attended Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, where he received a master's degree in theology. Watts became an Episcopal priest in 1945, then left the ministry in 1950 and moved to California, where he joined the faculty of the American Academy of Asian Studies.
Watts gained a large following in the San Francisco Bay Area while working as a volunteer programmer at KPFA, a Pacifica Radio station in Berkeley. Watts wrote more than 25 books and articles on subjects important to Eastern and Western religion, introducing the then-burgeoning youth culture to The Way of Zen (1957), one of the first bestselling books on Buddhism. In Psychotherapy East and West (1961), Watts proposed that Buddhism could be thought of as a form of psychotherapy and not a religion. He considered "Nature, Man, and Woman" (1958) to be, "from a literary point of view - the best book I have ever written." He also explored human consciousness, in the essay "The New Alchemy" (1958), and in the book The Joyous Cosmology (1962).
Towards the end of his life, he divided his time between a houseboat in Sausalito and a cabin on Mount Tamalpais. Many of his books are now available in digital format and many of his recorded talks and lectures are available on the Internet. According to the critic Erik Davis, his "writings and recorded talks still shimmer with a profound and galvanizing lucidity."
Barcelona seems less crowded this time of the year, now that the holidays are almost over,
so we decided to go to this small a tiny oriental restaurant - teahouse, called Salterio.
It’s a really, really small place by the way, and very, very cozy. Think of an oriental style cafe in the
gothic center of the city and you’ll get the feeling I’m on about. The place is almost entirely lit by
candlelight, has all kinds of teapots everywhere you look, the wall is made of stones, the roof has an
old wooden structure etc. I could go on forever.
Last time we took a peak inside it was so full we could’t get in, this time was no different either, but
we managed to find a place near the entrance to enjoy a cup of tea, while loads of people from all
around the world were trying their luck to get in as well.
The menu is quite diverse, has many different flavours and kinds of tea and vegetarian options for
snacks as well. We opted for a Yogi tea with vegetal milk and some sweet sardo made of apples,
walnuts, sesame and thin bread.
The staff was really nice, there was quiet and good music playing, and I’ve heard someone say they
even have a band play live music sometimes, but I wonder how they make them fit in though.