Buddhism Without Beliefs

📒Buddhism Without Beliefs ✍ Stephen Batchelor

✏Book Title : Buddhism without Beliefs
✏Author : Stephen Batchelor
✏Publisher : Penguin
✏Release Date : 1998-03-01
✏Pages : 144
✏ISBN : 9781101663073
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

✏Buddhism without Beliefs Book Summary : 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.

📒Pyrrhonism ✍ Adrian Kuzminski

✏Book Title : Pyrrhonism
✏Author : Adrian Kuzminski
✏Publisher : Lexington Books
✏Release Date : 2008-06-19
✏Pages : 170
✏ISBN : 9780739131398
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

✏Pyrrhonism Book Summary : Pyrrhonism is commonly confused with scepticism in Western philosophy. Unlike sceptics, who believe there are no true beliefs, Pyrrhonists suspend judgment about all beliefs, including the belief that there are no true beliefs. Pyrrhonism was developed by a line of ancient Greek philosophers, from its founder Pyrrho of Elis in the fourth century BCE through Sextus Empiricus in the second century CE. Pyrrhonists offer no view, theory, or knowledge about the world, but recommend instead a practice, a distinct way of life, designed to suspend beliefs and ease suffering. Adrian Kuzminski examines Pyrrhonism in terms of its striking similarity to some Eastern non-dogmatic soteriological traditions-particularly Madhyamaka Buddhism. He argues that its origin can plausibly be traced to the contacts between Pyrrho and the sages he encountered in India, where he traveled with Alexander the Great. Although Pyrrhonism has not been practiced in the West since ancient times, its insights have occasionally been independently recovered, most recently in the work of Ludwig Wittgenstein. Kuzminski shows that Pyrrhonism remains relevant perhaps more than ever as an antidote to today's cultures of belief.

📒Confession Of A Buddhist Atheist ✍ Stephen Batchelor

✏Book Title : Confession of a Buddhist Atheist
✏Author : Stephen Batchelor
✏Publisher : Spiegel & Grau
✏Release Date : 2010-03-02
✏Pages : 320
✏ISBN : 9781588369840
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

✏Confession of a Buddhist Atheist Book Summary : 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.

📒Living With The Devil ✍ Stephen Batchelor

✏Book Title : Living with the Devil
✏Author : Stephen Batchelor
✏Publisher : Penguin
✏Release Date : 2005-06-07
✏Pages : 240
✏ISBN : 9781101663080
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

✏Living with the Devil Book Summary : 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.

📒Secular Buddhism ✍ Stephen Batchelor

✏Book Title : Secular Buddhism
✏Author : Stephen Batchelor
✏Publisher : Yale University Press
✏Release Date : 2017-02-21
✏Pages : 288
✏ISBN : 9780300227581
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

✏Secular Buddhism Book Summary : 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, he 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.

📒The Faith To Doubt ✍ Stephen Batchelor

✏Book Title : The Faith to Doubt
✏Author : Stephen Batchelor
✏Publisher : Counterpoint
✏Release Date : 2015-04-01
✏Pages : 128
✏ISBN : 9781619026360
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

✏The Faith to Doubt Book Summary : 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, for to question means to acknowledge that we do not know something. But it is more than an acknowledgement: it includes a yearning to confront an unknown and illuminate it through understanding. Questioning is a quest.” Batchelor is a contemporary Buddhist teacher and writer, best known for his secular or agnostic approach to Buddhism. He considers Buddhism to be a constantly evolving culture of awakening rather than a religious system based on immutable dogmas and beliefs. Buddhism has survived for the past 2,500 years because of its capacity to reinvent itself in accord with the needs of the different Asian societies with which it has creatively interacted throughout its history. As Buddhism encounters modernity, it enters a vital new phase of its development. Through his writings, translations and teaching, Stephen engages in a critical exploration of Buddhism's role in the modern world, which has earned him both condemnation as a heretic and praise as a reformer.

📒Investigating The Dhamma ✍ Bhikkhu Bodhi

✏Book Title : Investigating the Dhamma
✏Author : Bhikkhu Bodhi
✏Publisher : Pariyatti Publishing
✏Release Date : 2017-01-01
✏Pages : 177
✏ISBN : 9781681720685
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

✏Investigating the Dhamma Book Summary : This new Pariyatti Edition brings together eight essays of Bhikkhu Bodhi, five of which were earlier published in academic journals and volumes, and three not published before. Most of the essays are critical responses to various modern interpretations of the Dhamma that the author considers to be at odds with the Buddha’s teachings, in particular as transmitted and interpreted by the Theravāda school of Buddhism. The other essays are in depth discussions of important Buddhist doctrinal terms.

📒Engaged Buddhism In The West ✍ Christopher S. Queen

✏Book Title : Engaged Buddhism in the West
✏Author : Christopher S. Queen
✏Publisher : Simon and Schuster
✏Release Date : 2012-11-12
✏Pages : 560
✏ISBN : 9780861718412
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

✏Engaged Buddhism in the West Book Summary : Engaged Buddhism is founded on the belief that genuine spiritual practice requires an active involvement in society. Engaged Buddhism in the West illuminates the evolution of this new chapter in the Buddhist tradition - including its history, leadership, and teachings - and addresses issues such as violence and peace, race and gender, homelessness, prisons, and the environment. Eighteen new studies explore the activism of renowned leaders and organizations, such as Thich Nhat Hanh, Bernard Glassman, Joanna Macy, the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, and the Free Tibet Movement, and the emergence of a new Buddhism in North America, Europe, South Africa, and Australia.

📒The Awakening Of The West ✍ Stephen Batchelor

✏Book Title : The Awakening of the West
✏Author : Stephen Batchelor
✏Publisher : Echo Point Books & Media
✏Release Date : 2015-09-10
✏Pages : 436
✏ISBN : 1626542295
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

✏The Awakening of the West Book Summary : "The Awakening of the West" is an insightful and elegantly written history chronicling the developing relationship between Buddhism and Western culture. As anyone familiar with the work of Stephen Batchelor (best-selling author of Buddhism Without Beliefs) would expect, "The Awakening of the West" is presented in a fresh and lively way and backed by thorough research. Using the innovative approach of starting with the present and working back in time, Batchelor makes it easy to connect familiar contemporary Buddhist teachers to their historical roots. He breathes life into history by capturing the personalities and times of famous and lesser-known but important Buddhist figures. After absorbing these stories and their context, readers will not only have a greater appreciation of Buddhism as a religion but can gain insights that can help them develop their own discerning wisdom. "The Awakening of the West" is a unique, engaging and important book for anyone seeking a greater understanding of Buddhism.

📒Alone With Others ✍ Stephen Batchelor

✏Book Title : Alone with Others
✏Author : Stephen Batchelor
✏Publisher : Grove Press
✏Release Date : 1983
✏Pages : 143
✏ISBN : 0802151272
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

✏Alone with Others Book Summary : "Inspired by Shantideva's Guide to the Bodhisattava's way of life, the oral instructions of living Buddhist masters, Martin Heidegger's classic Being and time, and the writings of the Christian theologians Paul Tillich and John MacQuarrie," this is a "contemporary guide to understanding the timeless message of Buddhism, and in particular its relevance in actual human relations."--Cover.