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As in all the major religions, there is a wisdom behind the theology of Buddhism that informs the believer in daily life. Stephen Batchelor would argue that the difference with Buddhism is that the wisdom is in fact independent of the theology and is not informative to believers only, but to everyone. In Buddhism Without Beliefs Batchelor lays out the major tenets of Buddhist wisdom, commenting on their relevance to modern life. The Buddha said that seekers must find the Truth for themselves, and Batchelor offers this book as a roadmap. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Batchelor...suggests that Buddhism jettison reincarnation and karma, thereby making possible what he calls an 'existential, therapeutic and liberating agnosticism." —Time magazine
"Buddhism Without Beliefs is the kind of finely written primer about the concepts of Buddhism that even a heathen like me can appreciate and understand. For the non-Buddhist, or the aspiring Buddhist, it will be of much assistance. Filled with compassion, lucidly written, this is a book that explains much about an ancient, ever-living philosophy that has much to offer the stunned searchers of truth in our chaotic age of modernity." —Oscar Hijuelos, author of Mr. Ives' Christmas and The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love
"Radiant in its clarity, Buddhism Without Beliefs reminds us not just of Buddhism's true nature, but of our own as well. Freeing us from the notion of Buddhism as a religion, Stephen Batchelor shows us how necessary the Buddha's teachings are in today's world. It may not be what he intended, but he has made a believer out of me." —Mark Epstein, M.D., author of Thoughts Without a Thinker: Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective
"Though he is a former monk in both the Zen and Tibetan traditions, Batchelor is now associated with a nondenominational Buddhist community in England. He deliberately eschews elitist, monastic Buddhist traditions, which often make enlightenment appear all but impossible to attain. Throughout, simple meditation exercises acquaint readers with Buddhist principles that illuminate 'the nature of the human dilemma and a way to its resolution.'" —Publishers WeeklySee all Product Description
Excellent reading. This little book is enlightening on the fine line that separates the Buddha Dharma from the religion called "Buddhism". Read morePublished 6 months ago by Don Peiris
I initially borrowed from the Library but this books is a keeper and an great on going reference. It brings the wisdom dating from past millennia to practical every day use today.Published 10 months ago by Keith Hart
This is a fantastic book for anyone interested in meditation and in Buddhism. What Batchelor does is strip away all the cultural 'decorations', all the culturally specific... Read morePublished 21 months ago by John Verdon
"Buddhism without Beliefs" isn't really a book, but a tutorial. It describes the method of escaping the anguish while avoiding indulgences. Read morePublished 22 months ago by unavailable
In dharma practise awakening requires equanimity toward the sensations that will otherwise lead to craving and aversion. Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2013 by Mitchell Rhodes
A very satisfying book, allowing the reader to embrace aspects of a belief system at one's own discretion and interpretation. Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2011 by perspicacityplus
That so many of the negative reviews of this book seem to say precisely the same thing? Isn't it even odder that, if you click on the links to the negative reviewers, you find... Read morePublished on May 28 2004 by Charles W. Anderson
I enjoy books on Buddhism, but this one is a clear disappointment. He seems like a Westerner who has been exposed to some basic tenets of Buddhism but is anything but a wise... Read morePublished on May 18 2004 by Quinn D. Hubbard
This book was my first experience with Buddhist thought. I was very impressed, not only by the ideas, but by the way Batchelor writes. Read morePublished on March 31 2004