What We Should Teach Our Children

Alan Watts was and amazingly gifted philosopher, lecturer and writer. He is famous bringing the philosophies of Eastern religions to Western Audiences. He was especially fond of Shunyru Suzuki Roshi and Zen practice.

In the 1960’s and 1970’s, he lived in a houseboat in Sausalito and in a cabin on Mount Tamalpais, both near my home. He hung out with Tim Leary, Gary Snyder, and Alan Ginsberg, all three of whom I met a Lama Foundation in 1971 or 1972.

My children were raised mostly in Sausalito, just above where his houseboat was docked. In fact, we spent a lot of time with them in Dunphy Park, where the houseboat was docked at the time. The Sausalito Library has an immense collection of recordings of talks by Alan Watts. I have listened to many of them

This particular video makes a point about what we should teach our children by asking, “What would you do if money were no object.”

Please watch the video now before reading further. I will only take three minutes of your time.

My children were raised as if money were no object. You might say that they are spoiled, and you might be right!

They went to the best private schools and all graduated from college. Micah, tho oldest, went to Stanford and studied music and computer science and now has an excellent career with a start-up company.

Rachael got a degree in architecture and is now living the life she really loves by teaching yoga, becoming an Ayuravedic practitioner, and working for the Hoffman Institute. You might say that she is taking on the family business of my new career!

Jessica, now completing her master’s degree in innovative tourism at the University of Barcelona, graduated from the University of Oregon with degrees in Spanish and Journalism.

I think all of them are living the live they love instead of living a life to make money. When will they ever get married :)!

Who are your children? What are they doing?

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