Living with the Devil: A Meditation on Good and Evil

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Penguin, 2005 - Philosophy - 224 pages
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Stephen Batchelor's seminal work on humanity's struggle between good and evil

In the national bestseller Living with the Devil, Batchelor traces the trajectory from the words of the Buddha and Christ, through the writings of Shantideva, Milton, and Pascal, to the poetry of Baudelaire, the fiction of Kafka, and the findings of modern physics and evolutionary biology to examine who we really are, and to rest in the uncertainty that we may never know. Like his previous bestseller, Buddhism without Beliefs, Living with the Devil is also an introduction to Buddhism that encourages readers to nourish their "buddha nature" and make peace with the devils that haunt human life. He tells a poetic and provocative tale about living with life's contradictions that will challenge you to live your life as an existence imbued with purpose, freedom, and compassion?rather than habitual self-interest and fear.

 

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User Review  - johnverdon - LibraryThing

Batchelor - is the master of secular Buddhist analysis and the teachings of Buddha. In this book he explores the capacity to encounter and work with the Shadow. Highly recommend. Read full review

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User Review  - JamesBlake - LibraryThing

Begins with thoughts on Mara, the satanic figure found in the early Buddhist texts, and moves on to explore more topics than it's easy to summarise. As ever, Stephen is original and inspiring and writes the most stylish prose of any living Buddhist. Read full review

Contents

From Home to Homelessness
10
What Is This Thing?
11
The Riddle of the World
12
On Being Conscious
94
This Body Is Breathing
103
Learning to Wait i i 2
115
THREE LIVING witH THE DEvil
119
An Ordinary Persons Life i 2 i
121
Incarnation
142
A Culture of Awakening 15
151
The Kingdom of Mara 16 1
163
Hearing the Cries
170
The Anarchy of the Gaps
180
Notes
187
13
222
Acknowledgments
223

Do Not Hurt Me
128
The Anguish of Others
135

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About the author (2005)

Stephen Batchelor is a former monk in the Tibetan and Zen traditions and the author of the national bestseller Buddhism Without Beliefs. He lectures and conducts meditation retreats worldwide, and is a contributing editor for Tricycle.

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