Buddhism without Beliefs

Buddhism without Beliefs
Author: Stephen Batchelor
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 144
Release: 1998-03-01
ISBN 10: 1101663073
ISBN 13: 9781101663073
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Buddhism without Beliefs Book Review:

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.

Confession of a Buddhist Atheist

Confession of a Buddhist Atheist
Author: Stephen Batchelor
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2010-03-02
ISBN 10: 1588369846
ISBN 13: 9781588369840
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Confession of a Buddhist Atheist Book Review:

Does Buddhism require faith? Can an atheist or agnostic follow the Buddha’s teachings without believing in reincarnation or organized religion? This is one man’s confession. In his classic Buddhism Without Beliefs, Stephen Batchelor offered a profound, secular approach to the teachings of the Buddha that struck an emotional chord with Western readers. Now, with the same brilliance and boldness of thought, he paints a groundbreaking portrait of the historical Buddha—told from the author’s unique perspective as a former Buddhist monk and modern seeker. Drawing from the original Pali Canon, the seminal collection of Buddhist discourses compiled after the Buddha’s death by his followers, Batchelor shows us the Buddha as a flesh-and-blood man who looked at life in a radically new way. Batchelor also reveals the everyday challenges and doubts of his own devotional journey—from meeting the Dalai Lama in India, to training as a Zen monk in Korea, to finding his path as a lay teacher of Buddhism living in France. Both controversial and deeply personal, Stephen Batchelor’s refreshingly doctrine-free, life-informed account is essential reading for anyone interested in Buddhism.

Secular Buddhism

Secular Buddhism
Author: Stephen Batchelor
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 285
Release: 2017-01-01
ISBN 10: 0300223234
ISBN 13: 9780300223231
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Secular Buddhism Book Review:

An essential collection of Stephen Batchelor's most probing and important work on secular Buddhism As the practice of mindfulness permeates mainstream Western culture, more and more people are engaging in a traditional form of Buddhist meditation. However, many of these people have little interest in the religious aspects of Buddhism, and the practice occurs within secular contexts such as hospitals, schools, and the workplace. Is it possible to recover from the Buddhist teachings a vision of human flourishing that is secular rather than religious without compromising the integrity of the tradition? Is there an ethical framework that can underpin and contextualize these practices in a rapidly changing world? In this collected volume of Stephen Batchelor's writings on these themes, the author explores the complex implications of Buddhism's secularization. Ranging widely--from reincarnation, religious belief, and agnosticism to the role of the arts in Buddhist practice--he offers a detailed picture of contemporary Buddhism and its attempt to find a voice in the modern world.

Living with the Devil

Living with the Devil
Author: Stephen Batchelor
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2005-06-07
ISBN 10: 1101663081
ISBN 13: 9781101663080
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Living with the Devil Book Review:

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.

The Faith to Doubt

The Faith to Doubt
Author: Stephen Batchelor
Publsiher: Counterpoint
Total Pages: 139
Release: 2015
ISBN 10: 9781619025356
ISBN 13: 1619025353
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Faith to Doubt Book Review:

Previously published: Berkeley, Calif.: Parallax Press, 1990.

Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart

Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart
Author: Mark Epstein, M.D.
Publsiher: Harmony
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2013-04-17
ISBN 10: 0307830098
ISBN 13: 9780307830098
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart Book Review:

An intimate guide to self-acceptance and discovery that offers a Buddhist perspective on wholeness within the framework of a Western understanding of self. For decades, Western psychology has promised fulfillment through building and strengthening the ego. We are taught that the ideal is a strong, individuated self, constructed and reinforced over a lifetime. But Buddhist psychiatrist Mark Epstein has found a different way. Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart shows us that happiness doesn't come from any kind of acquisitiveness, be it material or psychological. Happiness comes from letting go. Weaving together the accumulated wisdom of his two worlds--Buddhism and Western psychotherapy—Epstein shows how "the happiness that we seek depends on our ability to balance the ego's need to do with our inherent capacity to be." He encourages us to relax the ever-vigilant mind in order to experience the freedom that comes only from relinquishing control. Drawing on events in his own life and stories from his patients, Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart teaches us that only by letting go can we start on the path to a more peaceful and spiritually satisfying life.

After Buddhism Rethinking Dharma for a Secular Age

After Buddhism  Rethinking Dharma for a Secular Age
Author: Stephen Batchelor
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2016-04-10
ISBN 10: 935177774X
ISBN 13: 9789351777748
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

After Buddhism Rethinking Dharma for a Secular Age Book Review:

After Buddhism, the culmination of four decades of study and practice in the Tibetan, Zen, and Theravada traditions, is Stephen Batchelor's attempt to set the record straight about who the Buddha was and what he was trying to teach. Combining critical readings of the earliest canonical texts with narrative accounts of five members of the Buddha's inner circle, Batchelor depicts the Buddha as a pragmatic ethicist rather than a dogmatic metaphysician. He envisions Buddhism as a constantly evolving culture of awakening whose long survival is due to its capacity to reinvent itself and interact creatively with each society it encounters.

Alone With Others

Alone With Others
Author: Stephen Batchelor
Publsiher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2007-12-01
ISBN 10: 0802196489
ISBN 13: 9780802196484
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Alone With Others Book Review:

The author of Buddhism Without Beliefs bridges the gap between Western and Eastern philosophy with this humanist approach to Buddhism. This uniquely contemporary guide to understanding the timeless message of Buddhism, and in particular its relevance in actual human relations, was inspired by Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way Of Life, which the author translated into English, the oral instructions of living Buddhist masters, Heidegger’s classic Being and Time, and the writings of the Christian theologians Paul Tillich and John MacQuarrie. “The text is written with unusual clarity of style, making difficult matters readily accessible . . . It fills a serious gap in the dialogue between East and West, and does so in the most sensitive, most intelligent, and most careful way . . . Batchelor’s strategy—to use the Western disciplines in order to make Buddhism accessible to the Westerner—is, I think, highly successful. The book makes a fine introduction.” —David Michael Levin, Department of Philosophy, Northwestern University “Magnificent-inspiring! . . . This excellent book has come to me personally as an illuminating text, despite my close on sixty years’ concern with Buddhism . . . [Batchelor’s] approach is likely to appeal to many categories of readers who have hitherto never considered Buddhism as having great relevance to themselves.” —John Blofeld, from the Foreword

The Art of Solitude

The Art of Solitude
Author: Stephen Batchelor
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 200
Release: 2020-02-18
ISBN 10: 0300250932
ISBN 13: 9780300250930
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Art of Solitude Book Review:

"Elegant and formally ingenious."--Geoff Wisner, Wall Street JournalIn a time of social distancing and isolation, a meditation on the beauty of solitude from renowned Buddhist writer Stephen Batchelor When world renowned Buddhist writer Stephen Batchelor turned sixty, he took a sabbatical from his teaching and turned his attention to solitude, a practice integral to the meditative traditions he has long studied and taught. He aimed to venture more deeply into solitude, discovering its full extent and depth. This beautiful literary collage documents his multifaceted explorations. Spending time in remote places, appreciating and making art, practicing meditation and participating in retreats, drinking peyote and ayahuasca, and training himself to keep an open, questioning mind have all contributed to Batchelor's ability to be simultaneously alone and at ease. Mixed in with his personal narrative are inspiring stories from solitude's devoted practitioners, from the Buddha to Montaigne, from Vermeer to Agnes Martin. In a hyperconnected world that is at the same time plagued by social isolation, this book shows how to enjoy the inescapable solitude that is at the heart of human life.

Verses from the Center

Verses from the Center
Author: Stephen Batchelor
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2001-07-01
ISBN 10: 110166309X
ISBN 13: 9781101663097
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Verses from the Center Book Review:

The understanding of the nature of reality is the insight upon which the Buddha was able to achieve his own enlightenment. This vision of the sublime is the source of all that is enigmatic and paradoxical about Buddhism. In Verses from the Center, Stephen Batchelor explores the history of this concept and provides readers with translations of the most important poems ever written on the subject, the poems of 2nd century philosopher Nagarjuna.

Why Buddhism is True

Why Buddhism is True
Author: Robert Wright
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2017-08-08
ISBN 10: 1439195471
ISBN 13: 9781439195475
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Why Buddhism is True Book Review:

From one of America’s most brilliant writers, a New York Times bestselling journey through psychology, philosophy, and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness. At the heart of Buddhism is a simple claim: The reason we suffer—and the reason we make other people suffer—is that we don’t see the world clearly. At the heart of Buddhist meditative practice is a radical promise: We can learn to see the world, including ourselves, more clearly and so gain a deep and morally valid happiness. In this “sublime” (The New Yorker), pathbreaking book, Robert Wright shows how taking this promise seriously can change your life—how it can loosen the grip of anxiety, regret, and hatred, and how it can deepen your appreciation of beauty and of other people. He also shows why this transformation works, drawing on the latest in neuroscience and psychology, and armed with an acute understanding of human evolution. This book is the culmination of a personal journey that began with Wright’s landmark book on evolutionary psychology, The Moral Animal, and deepened as he immersed himself in meditative practice and conversed with some of the world’s most skilled meditators. The result is a story that is “provocative, informative and...deeply rewarding” (The New York Times Book Review), and as entertaining as it is illuminating. Written with the wit, clarity, and grace for which Wright is famous, Why Buddhism Is True lays the foundation for a spiritual life in a secular age and shows how, in a time of technological distraction and social division, we can save ourselves from ourselves, both as individuals and as a species.

Buddhism

Buddhism
Author: Catherine Hewitt
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 48
Release: 1995
ISBN 10: 9781568473758
ISBN 13: 1568473753
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Buddhism Book Review:

An illustrated history and explanation of the beliefs and practices of Buddhism.

Thoughts Without A Thinker

Thoughts Without A Thinker
Author: Mark Epstein
Publsiher: Basic Books
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2013-07-30
ISBN 10: 0465063926
ISBN 13: 9780465063925
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Thoughts Without A Thinker Book Review:

The line between psychology and spirituality has blurred, as clinicians, their patients, and religious seekers explore new perspectives on the self. A landmark contribution to the field of psychoanalysis, Thoughts Without a Thinker describes the unique psychological contributions offered by the teachings of Buddhism. Drawing upon his own experiences as a psychotherapist and meditator, New York-based psychiatrist Mark Epstein lays out the path to meditation-inspired healing, and offers a revolutionary new understanding of what constitutes a healthy emotional life.

Secular Buddhism

Secular Buddhism
Author: Noah Rasheta
Publsiher: Blurb
Total Pages: 114
Release: 2016-10-26
ISBN 10: 9781366922731
ISBN 13: 1366922735
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Secular Buddhism Book Review:

In this simple yet important book, Noah Rasheta takes profound Buddhist concepts and makes them easy to understand for anyone trying to become a better whatever-they-already-are.

Buddhism For Beginners

Buddhism For Beginners
Author: Judith Yandell
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 122
Release: 2020-10-23
ISBN 10: 9781513668277
ISBN 13: 1513668277
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Buddhism For Beginners Book Review:

Reduce your anxiety and stress and bring clarity and joy into your mind by applying the Buddhist philosophy in your everyday life.

What is This

What is This
Author: Martine Batchelor,Stephen Batchelor
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2019-05
ISBN 10: 9780473474973
ISBN 13: 0473474972
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

What is This Book Review:

Talks given by Martine and Stephen Batchelor during a Sŏn (Chan/Zen) retreat in England in 2016. Leading us through the practice of radical questioning at the heart of this Korean Buddhist tradition, the authors show how anyone at all can benefit from this form of radical inquiry today.

Buddhism Plain and Simple

Buddhism Plain and Simple
Author: Steve Hagen
Publsiher: Tuttle Publishing
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2011-06-21
ISBN 10: 1462901905
ISBN 13: 9781462901906
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Buddhism Plain and Simple Book Review:

Buddhism Plain and Simple offers a clear, straightforward treatise on Buddhism in general and on awareness in particular. When Buddha was asked to sum up his teaching in a single world, he said, "Awareness." The Buddha taught how to see directly into the nature of experience. His observations and insights are plain, practical, and down-to-earth, and they deal exclusively with the present. Longtime teacher of Buddhism Steve Hagan presents the Buddha's uncluttered, original teachings in everyday, accessible language unencumbered by religious ritual, tradition, or belief.

The Tibetan Book of the Dead

The Tibetan Book of the Dead
Author: W. Y. Evans-Wentz
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 354
Release: 2000-09-28
ISBN 10: 0199839514
ISBN 13: 9780199839513
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Tibetan Book of the Dead Book Review:

The Tibetan Book of the Dead is one of the texts that, according to legend, Padma-Sambhava was compelled to hide during his visit to Tibet in the late 8th century. The guru hid his books in stones, lakes, and pillars because the Tibetans of that day and age were somehow unprepared for their teachings. Now, in the form of the ever-popular Tibetan Book of the Dead, these teachings are constantly being discovered and rediscovered by Western readers of many different backgrounds--a phenomenon which began in 1927 with Oxford's first edition of Dr. Evans-Wentz's landmark volume. While it is traditionally used as a mortuary text, to be read or recited in the presence of a dead or dying person, this book--which relates the whole experience of death and rebirth in three intermediate states of being--was originally understood as a guide not only for the dead but also for the living. As a contribution to the science of death and dying--not to mention the belief in life after death, or the belief in rebirth--The Tibetan Book of the Dead is unique among the sacred texts of the world, for its socio-cultural influence in this regard is without comparison. This fourth edition features a new foreword, afterword, and suggested further reading list by Donald S. Lopez, author of Prisoners of Shangri-La: Tibetan Buddhism and the West. Lopez traces the whole history of the late Evans-Wentz's three earlier editions of this book, fully considering the work of contributors to previous editions (C. G. Jung among them), the sections that were added by Evans-Wentz along the way, the questions surrounding the book's translation, and finally the volume's profound importance in engendering both popular and academic interest in the religion and culture of Tibet. Another key theme that Lopez addresses is the changing nature of this book's audience--from the prewar theosophists to the beat poets to the hippies to contemporary exponents of the hospice movement--and what these audiences have found (or sought) in its very old pages.

Buddhism of the Heart

Buddhism of the Heart
Author: Jeff Wilson,Associate Professor of Religious Studies and East Asian Studies Jeff Wilson
Publsiher: ReadHowYouWant.com
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2010-10-08
ISBN 10: 1458783553
ISBN 13: 9781458783554
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Buddhism of the Heart Book Review:

Includes a foreword by Mark Unno and Taitetsu Unno. Jeff Wilson started his walk on the Buddha's Path as a Zen practitioner-taking up a tradition of vigorous self-effort, intensive meditation, and meticulous attention to rectitude in every action. But in Jeff's case, rather than freeing him from his suffering, he found those Zen practices made him nothing short of insufferable. And so he turned to Shin Buddhism-a path that is easily the most popular in Zen's native land of Japan but is largely unknown in the West. Shin emphasizes an ''entrusting heart,'' a heart that is able to receive with gratitude every moment of our mistake-filled and busy lives. Moreover, through walking the Shin path, Jeff comes see that each of us (himself especially included) are truly ''foolish beings,'' people so filled with endlessly arising ''blind passions'' and ingrained habits that we so easily cause harm even with our best intentions. And even so, Shin holds out the tantalizing possibility that, by truly entrusting our foolish selves to the compassionate universe, we can learn to see how this foolish life, just as it is, is nonetheless also a life of grace. Buddhism of the Heart is a wide-ranging book of essays and open-hearted stories, reflections that run the gamut from intensely personal to broadly philosophical, introducing the reader to a remarkable religious tradition of compassionate acceptance.

Gender and the Path to Awakening

Gender and the Path to Awakening
Author: Martin Seeger
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 360
Release: 2019-03
ISBN 10: 9786162151477
ISBN 13: 6162151476
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Gender and the Path to Awakening Book Review:

In Gender and the Path to Awakening, Martin Seeger lays out the nuances and varying conceptions of female renunciation in modern Thai Buddhism. Centered on long-term textual and ethnographic research on six remarkable female practitioners, Seeger considers trends and changes over the last 140 years in the practices of female renunciants and their devotees. He also investigates understandings of female sainthood in Thai Buddhism, its expressions in material culture, and the importance of orality and memory in Thai Buddhist epistemology. Supported by interviews and careful study of sermons, hagiographies, and hitherto untranslated and rare Thai sources, this book examines the social backgrounds, modes of expression, veneration, and historical contexts of Thai women pursuing the Buddhist ideal. Rich in ethnographic detail and with additional grounding in foundational Indian Buddhist texts, this book offers new insights into the complexities of female renunciation and gender relations in modern Thai Buddhism. Highlights Offers a fresh and comprehensive understanding of female practitioners and gender relations in modern Thai Buddhism. Based on meticulous long-term ethnographic and textual research. Considers the role of orality and memory in the epistemological framework of Buddhist education, particularly for female practitioners. Illustrated by a number of photos?sometimes rare?of key figures and the material culture associated with them. Makes extensive use of early Buddhist texts to present or juxtapose modern developments with events and people in early Buddhism