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Buddhism Without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening | [Stephen Batchelor]

Buddhism Without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening

Before it was a religion, a culture, or even a system of meditation, what was Buddhism? On Buddhism Without Beliefs, celebrated teacher, translator, and former Buddhist monk Stephen Batchelor takes us back to the first years after the Buddha's awakening to reveal the root insights of Buddhism hidden beneath centuries of history and interpretation.
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Before it was a religion, a culture, or even a system of meditation, what was Buddhism? On Buddhism Without Beliefs, celebrated teacher, translator, and former Buddhist monk Stephen Batchelor takes us back to the first years after the Buddha's awakening to reveal the root insights of Buddhism hidden beneath centuries of history and interpretation.

In eight compelling sessions of self-inquiry - including many fascinating exercises and practices - we learn how to awaken and refine our senses, introduce the essential spirit of curiosity into the practice of awareness, and comprehend with both our hearts and our minds the Buddha's astonishing (and often misunderstood) revelations on emptiness, compassion, and the self. Before he died, the Buddha did not appoint a successor. He simply remarked that each of us must be responsible for our own freedom.

Buddhism without Beliefs is an invitation to hear what the Buddha taught - and to trust yourself on your own path to liberation.

©1997 Stephen Batchelor (P)2013 Sounds True

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    Kimberly YUMA, AZ, United States 04-16-13
    Kimberly YUMA, AZ, United States 04-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    Stephen Batchelors guide is truly educational. I found his breakdown of Buddhism to be so simple and inspiring. I was concerned that Buddhism would be a complicated thing to understand. Immediately my mind was put to rest as Stephen speaks with authority and expertise. Buddhism as a belief system (it is not a religion for those who may not know) is all that I hoped it would be. I've listened through twice and plan on sharing it with other interested parties. So if you too may be wondering what this thing called Buddhism is all about but are afraid it's too complex, I highly recommend Buddhism Without Beliefs.

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    Richard NJ 02-08-13
    Richard NJ 02-08-13 Member Since 2013

    Commuter....moving from boring radio to feeding the brain.

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    "a good place to start in this genre"
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    I feel the author did a good job touching on a lot of core pieces of the Buddhist philosophy, evolution and modern day application.

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    Steven E. Lurie Lawrence, NY 01-17-13
    Steven E. Lurie Lawrence, NY 01-17-13 Member Since 2007

    Steven Lurie, Ph.D.

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    "Gets to the heart of why Buddhist teaching matter"

    Cuts through it all and helps reader make sense of teachings and practice just about better than anything I have read so far.

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    Bianca Porto Alegre, Brazil 04-21-14
    Bianca Porto Alegre, Brazil 04-21-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Wonderful!"
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    I am not a buddhist, even though I'm interested in buddhist "themes": impermanence, emptiness, mindfulness, loving kindness, death and dying, etc. I've read a number of authors of many different traditions (Zen, Tibetan Buddhism, etc.), and Stephen Batchelor was the only one I felt wasn't speaking in riddles or trying to convey a sense of mystery that I never felt was necessary. And here I don't mean, for instance, Zen koans or Zen stories - I mean the convoluted and pasteurized speech of some Western buddhist teachers.
    As an atheist, this is as close as I'll ever get to a real experience of spirituality. Wonderful book.

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