Confession of a Buddhist Atheist by Stephen Batchelor

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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.

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Stephen Batchelor is a former monk in the Tibetan and Zen traditions and the author of the national bestseller Buddhism Without Beliefs. He lectures and conducts meditation retreats worldwide, and is a contributing editor for Tricycle.
Published February 26, 2010 by Spiegel & Grau. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality, Travel, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Religious scholar and former monk Batchelor (Living with the Devil: A Meditation on Good and Evil, 2004, etc.) chronicles his four-decade journey through varieties of Buddhism.

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And I do not find it necessary to believe in some postmortem reanimation of the bundle of conditions and circumstances that I call James in order to have a life-transforming encounter with this teaching.In his Buddhism Without Beliefs, Stephen also stated that this view was pretty much what the ...

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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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