Living with the Devil by Stephen Batchelor
A Meditation on Good and Evil

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A bestselling Buddhist philosopher offers a personal meditation of extraordinary insight.

Whether we are religious or not, the Devil-evil incarnate-is a concept that can still strike fear in our hearts. What if he does exist? What if he is causing all our problems in his determination to keep us from reaching our full potential?

Stephen Batchelor takes the concept of the Devil out of literature and history and brings him to life in his many forms and guises: the flatterer, the playmate, the caring friend, the stranger who offers rest and solace, the person who knows you best and shows you your greatness in the world. And, most of all, as the great obstructer that blocks all paths to goodness and true humility.

For the first time, Batchelor fuses Western literature-Milton, Keats, Baudelaire-with Buddhism and the Judeo-Christian traditions in a poetic exploration of the struggle with the concept and reality of evil. Living with the Devil reveals the voice of a new poet and philosopher for our times.

About Stephen Batchelor

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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 June 7, 2005 by Riverhead Trade. 240 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help, Law & Philosophy, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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The author of Buddhism Without Beliefs and a former monk in the Tibetan and Zen traditions, Batchelor works to reconcile the fears, desires, and compulsions of the ego (the devil or Mara ) with the certainty of death.

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This tradition uses the figure of Mara to explore the precariousness of existence via the devil of psycho-physical existence, the devil of compulsions, the devil of death, and the devil who is born of a god.

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Recently issued in paperback, this volume furthers Batchelor’s explorations of secular Buddhism balanced against Western literature, Eastern philosophy, modern science and a non-theistic spiritual framework.

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