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Buddhism without beliefs : a contemporary guide to awakening

Author: Stephen Batchelor
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 1997.
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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
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Batchelor
ISBN: 1573220582 9781573220583 9781573226561 1573226564
OCLC Number: 35694518
Description: xii, 127 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Ground. Awakening. Agnosticism. Anguish. Death. Rebirth. Resolve. Integrity. Friendship --
Path. Awareness. Becoming. Emptiness. Compassion --
Fruition. Freedom. Imagination. Culture.
Responsibility: Stephen Batchelor.
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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.

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