Score: 4.5
From 23 Ratings

Confession of a Buddhist Atheist


  • Author: Stephen Batchelor
  • Release Date : 2010-03-02
  • Genre: Buddhism
  • File Size: 9120237 Bytes


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-a...

Confession of a Buddhist Atheist
Score: 4
From 7 Ratings

Confession of a Buddhist Atheist


  • Author : Stephen Batchelor
  • Publisher : Spiegel & Grau
  • Release Date : 2010-03-02
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781588369840


Confession of a Buddhist Atheist Book Description :

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 wh...

After Buddhism  Rethinking Dharma for a Secular Age
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

After Buddhism Rethinking Dharma for a Secular Age


  • Author : Stephen Batchelor
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2016-04-10
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9789351777748


After Buddhism Rethinking Dharma for a Secular Age Book Description :

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....

Buddhism without Beliefs
Score: 4.5
From 10 Ratings

Buddhism without Beliefs


  • Author : Stephen Batchelor
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 1998-03-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101663073


Buddhism without Beliefs Book Description :

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....

Secular Buddhism

Secular Buddhism


  • Author : Stephen Batchelor
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-02-21
  • Genre:
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780300223231


Secular Buddhism Book Description :

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 Batche...

Living with the Devil
Score: 5
From 2 Ratings

Living with the Devil


  • Author : Stephen Batchelor
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2005-06-07
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101663080


Living with the Devil Book Description :

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 tha...

The Faith to Doubt
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

The Faith to Doubt


  • Author : Stephen Batchelor
  • Publisher : Counterpoint
  • Release Date : 2015-04-01
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781619026360


The Faith to Doubt Book Description :

Kierkegaard said that faith without doubt is simply credulity, the will to believe too readily, especially without adequate evidence, and that “in Doubt can Faith begin.” All people involved in spiritual practice, of whatever persuasion, must confront doubt at one time or another, and find a way beyond it to belief, however temporary. But “faith is not equivalent to mere belief. Faith is the condition of ultimate confidence that we have the capacity to follow the path of doubt to its end. And courage.” In this engaging spiritual memoir, Stephen Batchelor describes his own training, first as a Tibetan Buddhist and then as a Zen practitioner, and his own direct struggles along his path. “It is most uncanny that we are able to ask questions, f...

The Art of Solitude

The Art of Solitude


  • Author : Stephen Batchelor
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 2020-02-18
  • Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780300250930


The Art of Solitude Book Description :

A moving and wide-ranging meditation on being alone with others in this world 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...

Alone With Others
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

Alone With Others


  • Author : Stephen Batchelor
  • Publisher : Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Release Date : 2007-12-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780802196484


Alone With Others Book Description :

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...

God Is Not Great
Score: 3.5
From 4,038 Ratings

God Is Not Great


  • Author : Christopher Hitchens
  • Publisher : McClelland & Stewart
  • Release Date : 2008-11-19
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781551991764


God Is Not Great Book Description :

Christopher Hitchens, described in the London Observer as “one of the most prolific, as well as brilliant, journalists of our time” takes on his biggest subject yet–the increasingly dangerous role of religion in the world. In the tradition of Bertrand Russell’s Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris’s recent bestseller, The End Of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos. With eloquent clarity, Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and reason, in which hell is replaced by th...

The Wisdom of Imperfection
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

The Wisdom of Imperfection


  • Author : Rob Preece
  • Publisher : Shambhala Publications
  • Release Date : 2010-09-16
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781559397476


The Wisdom of Imperfection Book Description :

If you have been practicing Buddhism for a while, why do you still have so many problems? And how do you balance the sometimes different needs of spiritual and psychological perspectives? Rob Preece draws on his personal experience—over two decades as a psychotherapist and many years as a meditation teacher—to explore and map the psychological influences on our struggle to awaken. For psychological and spiritual health, acceptance of imperfection is key. Wisdom does not always come as a flash of inspiration but from the slow, often painful workings of experience. As we detach from our ideals of perfection and develop our acceptance of imperfection, our love and compassion can grow in ways that are both psychologically and spiritually healthy. The...