Buddhism without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening

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Penguin, Mar 1, 1998 - Religion - 144 pages
A national bestseller and acclaimed guide to Buddhism for beginners and practitioners alike

In this simple but important volume, Stephen Batchelor reminds us that the Buddha was not a mystic who claimed privileged, esoteric knowledge of the universe, but a man who challenged us to understand the nature of anguish, let go of its origins, and bring into being a way of life that is available to us all. The concepts and practices of Buddhism, says Batchelor, are not something to believe in but something to do—and as he explains clearly and compellingly, it is a practice that we can engage in, regardless of our background or beliefs, as we live every day on the path to spiritual enlightenment.
 

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User Review  - kcshankd - LibraryThing

Just what it says, a refreshing approach for one that finds buddhism remarkably congruent with his understanding of how the world works, but supremely uncomfortable trying to adopt a foreign cultural frame of reference. Read full review

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User Review  - MarcusAverius - LibraryThing

This is a short, but excellent read. It is worth reading each chapter slowly in order to take in the simplicity of the concepts. It describes buddhist practice in terms of a way of life rather than as a religion. Read full review

Contents

G R O U N D
1
Agnosticism
14
i
23
Rebirth
34
Integrity
45
P A T H
55
Becoming
67
Emptiness
75
Compassion
84
F R U I T I O N
91
3
109
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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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