Best Spirituality Book for Depression: The Way of Zen by Alan Watts
The books on my Best Meditation Books for Depression list that are found in the first section, also titled Best Meditation Books for Depression, are those that I have read and that I can personally vouch for. The other books on this list, under the Other Recommended Meditation Books for Depression heading, are those that I haven’t read yet but that have achieved some degree of recognition and appreciation.
This is one of those books.
I include these along with my personal favorites in order to offer a comprehensive list of the books on this topic for the “spiritual travelers” out there—people who, like me, are always on the lookout for their next inspiring spiritual read.
(By the way, as far as I know this list is the most comprehensive of its kind on the Internet. This includes Amazon and other automated lists, since a large percentage of the books on those lists are miscategorized.)
In case you haven’t seen it already, here is the full Best Meditation Books for Depression list. Or you can see all of my Best Spirituality Books for Depression lists here.
And don’t forget to read the descriptions of my top-tier Best Books for Depression. Each book listed in the first sections of my Best Books for Depression lists links to a full article that rates how helpful I think the book is for overcoming depression. I call it my “depression effectiveness rating,” and it uses a 10-scale.
Some articles also tell of my personal experiences with the spiritual practices described in the books.
My goal for this site is to support you in your efforts to find greater inner peace and, if needed, overcome depression completely. I welcome your comments and questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more about this best spirituality book for depression, see:
- AlanWatts.org run by Watts’ son Mark, who has produced a documentary about his father’s life called Why Not Now?
- Why Not Now? film trailer
- Alan Watts Mountain Center north of San Francisco
- Alan Watts Electronic University – Alan Watts’ audio and video courses, co-founded by Alan Watts, Mark Watts, and Henry Jacobs in 1973.
- Alan Watts Podcast – the official podcast
- Master Enlightenments Arts Seminars and Lectures by Alan Watts – looking at many different forms of enlightenment; recorded by Henry Jacobs in 1964/65.
- Alan Watts Online – Project Unicorn (also Archived 31 October 2004 at the Wayback Machine.)
- Works by or about Alan Watts in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Watts essay on Nothingness (This link no longer functions, but is available at“Archived copy”. Archived from the original on 31 August 2008. Retrieved 2013-03-10. .)
- Alan Watts Lectures and Essays audio, video, essays, and articles – resources from deoxy.org
- Alan Watts’ This Is It: The First Psychedelic LP essay by Patrick Lundborg
- Alan Watts Resource Compilation audio and video links of his lectures and essays
- “Alan Watts on YouTube, South Park”. Archived from the original on 9 September 2010. Retrieved 2009-09-09. interview with Mark Watts on the resurgence of his father’s work
- “What if money was no object?” interpretation of Watts’ lecture at ZenPencils.com
- Alan Watts on Cuke.com
- Alan Watts page on Facebook public discussion group
Finally, it happened. After ten years of thinking about it, I attempted, as the Apostle Paul once wrote, to “pray without ceasing”–to communicate in an ongoing way with the Divine.
If you’re interested in my results, get You’re Getting Closer: One Year of Finding God and a Few Good Friends on Amazon.
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