I highly recommend the books and talks of Alan Watts if you are at all interested in religion, spirituality or philosophy. Alan Watts was one of the most celebrated philosophers of the last century and the leading exponent of Eastern thought to the Western world. I came across him on Youtube where there many audio recordings of his lectures as well as a series of videos in which Alan describes so simply the essence of Buddhism and Taoism.

I am currently reading the first book of Alan Watts called The Spirit of Zen. The aim of Zen could be said to help one see into one’s own nature. All of Eastern thought appears to have roughly the same aim which is to answer the question, who am I?