Beyond these discussions and personal encounters, Watts absorbed, by studying the available scholarly literature, the fundamental concepts and terminology of the main philosophies of India and East Asia.
Watts attended The King's School, Canterbury next door to Canterbury Cathedral.
Though he was frequently at the top of his classes scholastically and was given responsibilities at school, he botched an opportunity for a scholarship to Oxford by styling a crucial examination essay in a way that was read as "presumptuous and capricious." When he left secondary school, Watts worked in a printing house and later a bank.
He spent his spare time involved with the Buddhist Lodge and also under the tutelage of a "rascal guru" named Dimitrije Mitrinović.
By his own assessment, Watts was imaginative, headstrong, and talkative.
He was sent to boarding schools (which included both academic and religious training of the Muscular Christianity sort) from early years.