We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Buddhism Without Beliefs | [Stephen Batchelor]

Buddhism Without Beliefs

Demystifing the tenets of Buddhism, this introduction to the Buddhist religion explains, without jargon or obscure terminology, the essential elements of its teachings, presents ways to work toward awakening, and examines Buddhism's relevance in Western culture.
Regular Price:$14.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

Demystifing the tenets of Buddhism, this introduction to the Buddhist religion explains, without jargon or obscure terminology, the essential elements of its teachings, presents ways to work toward awakening, and examines Buddhism's relevance in Western culture.

©1997 The Buddhist Ray, Inc., and Stephen Batchelor (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.1 (70 )
5 star
 (33)
4 star
 (21)
3 star
 (11)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (3)
Overall
4.2 (59 )
5 star
 (30)
4 star
 (18)
3 star
 (6)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (2)
Story
3.9 (57 )
5 star
 (24)
4 star
 (12)
3 star
 (12)
2 star
 (8)
1 star
 (1)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Stephen 08-28-15
    Stephen 08-28-15 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    38
    5
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Interesting Investigation but not a beginners guide"

    I bought this book thinking it would be a good introduction to Buddhism for someone who didn't see it as a religion. Instead, this book is a philosophical deconstruction that, as someone new to the philosophy, was difficult to follow. Also, the author's voice was hard to focus on due to his calm, slow delivery. While I wouldn't recommend it if you're a beginner like me, this is probably a useful read for someone who already has some knowledge of Buddhist terminology and philosophy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kelli B. SPRINGFIELD, OREGON, United States 08-25-15
    Kelli B. SPRINGFIELD, OREGON, United States 08-25-15 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    11
    10
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good for a beginning secularist"

    Stephen Batchelor approaches the practice of dharma from a secular perspective. While eschewing outright atheism (at least in this book), he offers a contemplative tradition that even an atheist like me can undertake.

    Buddhism often crops up as a religion -- despite the Buddha's attempts to thwart the worship of himself and nirvana. Over time, decentralized sanghas form communities with hierarchy, and the process of awakening is placed on a pedestal to be worshipped. The Buddha himself becomes godlike over time.

    Batchelor says that not only is this an unnecessary addition to early Buddhism, but that it can be a hindrance to one's own awakening. He addresses the supernaturalist tendencies of followers and even the Buddha's own acceptance of polytheism in ancient India.

    This is a fantastic listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.