Buddhism Without Beliefs

Buddhism Without Beliefs

A Contemporary Guide to Awakening

Book - 1997
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In Buddhism Without Beliefs, author Stephen Batchelor reminds us that the Buddha was not a mystic. His awakening was not a shattering insight into a transcendent truth that revealed to him the mysteries of God, and he did not claim to have had an experience that granted him privileged, esoteric knowledge of how the universe ticks. What the Buddha taught, says Batchelor, is not something to believe in but something to do. He challenged people to understand the nature of.
anguish, let go of its origins, realize its cessation, and bring into being a way of life. This way of life is available to all of us, and Batchelor explains clearly and compellingly how we can practice it and live it every day. Each chapter of Batchelor's book examines how to work toward awakening realistically, with the understanding that embarking on this path does not mean never deviating from it.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 1997
ISBN: 9781573220583
1573220582
9781573226561
1573226564
Characteristics: xii, 127 p. ; 25 cm
Call Number: 294.34 BAT

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kongjunior Nov 05, 2016

A well-written book, designed for those who would like to re-think Gautama as a forerunner to modern Atheist/Agnostic thinking. However such a view requires one to completely disregard who Gautama was, what point in history he lived in, or his actual beliefs regarding attaining Nirvana and how reincarnation works.

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seannyob
Nov 23, 2015

Perhaps not an ideal starting text for learning about such an historic religion, this book is nonetheless on my list of Buddhist books to recommend. Batchelor is honest, his experience is vast, and he is clearly wise. In particular, his passion for the Sage of the Shakyas shines through: this guy really, really loves the Buddha. And in that all Buddhists will find a kindred spirit. You'll especially enjoy the historical portions, I imagine, as I did. Buddhist atheism is real and here now, and because they are our brothers and sisters, if you're a Buddhist, of whatever variety, I highly recommend that you pick this up. Great, great book.

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Madmanintheattic
Oct 02, 2013

This is the BEST book on what Buddhism I have ever read (and I have read dozens). Simple, concise, clean and free of all the detritus added afterward as Buddha's teachings were revised to fit cultural and religious expectations over the millenia. The other best book on Buddhism is Batchelor's autobiography Confessions of a Buddhist Atheist. Both of these books are "must read" for anyone interested in Buddhism.

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naturalist
Feb 05, 2013

St. Albert Public Library 294.34 BAT

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