Buddhism Without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening

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Bloomsbury, Jun 1, 1998 - Buddhism - 127 pages
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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.

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Lots of new insight for me. - Goodreads
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Very useful insights into anguish and compassion. - Goodreads
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This is exactly what it sounds like. It is an excellent introduction to Buddhism, and while I am not a Buddhist, I find it valuable for getting a first-hand perspective and theory of the religion. If ... Read full review

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I found this book to be challenging and rewarding. The author presents central tenets of dharma practice divorced from religious trappings or ceremony. The only reason I might not recommend this book ... Read full review

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About the author (1998)

A former Buddhist monk, Stephen Batchelor has written several books attempting to make Buddhist accessible and understandable to the Western reader. These books include The Awakening of the West: The Encounter of Buddhist and Western Culture, and Buddhism Without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening.

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