Buddhism Without Beliefs by Stephen Batchelor
A Contemporary Guide to Awakening

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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.


About Stephen Batchelor

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A former Buddhist monk, Stephen Batchelor has written several books attempting to make Buddhist accessible and understandable to the Western reader. These books include The Awakening of the West: The Encounter of Buddhist and Western Culture, and Buddhism Without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening.
Published March 1, 1998 by Riverhead. 145 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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He instructs listeners in the classic technique in meditation on the breath, for example, advising them to avoid "eyeballing the breath" and encouraging them to go beyond external observation to find the "question within this primary act of breathing."

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Batchelor's latest concise volume explores the practical fundamentals of Buddhism and how they can be relevant to both religious and secular-minded Westerners.

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The two coalesce in the author's own evolution into what he loosely calls a 'secular Buddhist.' Whatever your beliefs, or interest level in Buddhism, this book is a compelling - although not light - read on the nature of religion, belief, spiritual teachers, and Buddhism.

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