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Buddhism Without Beliefs (1998)

by Stephen Batchelor

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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. ( )
1 vote kcshankd | Dec 5, 2013 |
Very , very good overall ( )
  BakuDreamer | Sep 7, 2013 |
A book on Buddhism in ordinary English including chapters on awakening, agnosticism, anguish, death, rebirth, resolve, integrity, friendship, awareness, becoming, emptiness, compassion, freedom, imagination, and culture.
  uufnn | Jul 17, 2013 |
Grasping for certainty in an uncertain world ( )
  jefware | May 22, 2013 |
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. ( )
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Osbert Moore (Ñāṇamoli Thera) 1905-1960

and Harold Musson (Ñāṇavīra Thera) 1920-1965
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Demystifies Buddhism by explaining, without jargon or obscure terminology, what awakening is and how to practise it.

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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.… (more)

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