Alan W. Watts



Streaming Media


Fine Arts Festival



Original Description

Alan Watts was a British expatriate writer, speaker, and philosopher who notably popularized Eastern philosophy and religion with Western audiences. This lecture, "Zen," describes the fundamentals of Zen Buddhist thought and was delivered as part of Portland State College's "Fine Arts Festival," May 3, 1966.

The college newspaper, the Vanguard, makes note of Watts' appearance at Portland State on page four of the April 29, 1966 issue.

Transferred to digital format from original ¼ inch reel to reel audio recording.

Transferred and preserved by Portland State University Library’s Special Collections with the generous support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library.

Original Format

Reel to reel, 3.75 ips, 1/4 track, mono (2 tracks recorded)


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Transcript added November 20, 2020.

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