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Buddhism Without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening

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ISBN13: 9781573226561
ISBN10: 1573226564
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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.

Synopsis:

Former monk and author of "Alone with Others" and "The Awakening of the West" Stephen Batchelor now offers a straightforward, solid introduction to Buddhism that demystifies the discipline and explains simply and plainly how its practice can enrich our lives. "Filled with compassion, lucidly written".--Oscar Hijuelos.

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Preface

Ground

Awakening

Agnosticism

Anguish

Death

Rebirth

Resolve

Integrity

Friendship

Path

Awareness

Becoming

Emptiness

Compassion

Fruition

Freedom

Imagination

Culture

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bobloblaw, June 4, 2008 (view all comments by bobloblaw)
Batchelor does a superb job in illuminating Buddhism with the inessential cruft (mysticism, reincarnation, dogma) removed. The result is a wonderfully freeing book that balances action and thought. It gave me a new perspective on "dharma".

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Scott Trahan, December 1, 2006 (view all comments by Scott Trahan)
Has a great epistemological exposition on the nature of belief. It?s worth reading just for that. If you only read one book on Buddhism this month this should be the one.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781573226561
Author:
Batchelor, Stephen
Publisher:
Riverhead Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Buddhism
Subject:
Doctrines
Subject:
Religious life
Subject:
Buddhism - General
Subject:
Buddhism -- Doctrines.
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Buddhism
Subject:
Spirituality
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
150-441-616
Publication Date:
19980331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
9.12x5.58x.41 in. .34 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , Former monk and author of "Alone with Others" and "The Awakening of the West" Stephen Batchelor now offers a straightforward, solid introduction to Buddhism that demystifies the discipline and explains simply and plainly how its practice can enrich our lives. "Filled with compassion, lucidly written".--Oscar Hijuelos.
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