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  • After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age | Stephen Batchelor

    After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stephen Batchelor
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    Some 25 centuries after the Buddha started teaching, his message continues to inspire people across the globe, including those living in predominantly secular societies. What does it mean to adapt religious practices to secular contexts? Stephen Batchelor, an internationally known author and teacher, is committed to a secularized version of the Buddha's teachings. The time has come, he feels, to articulate a coherent, ethical, contemplative, and philosophical vision of Buddhism for our age.

  • Secular Buddhism: Imagining the Dharma in an Uncertain World | Stephen Batchelor

    Secular Buddhism: Imagining the Dharma in an Uncertain World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Stephen Batchelor
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    As the practice of mindfulness permeates mainstream western culture, more and more people are engaging in a traditional form of Buddhist meditation. However, many of these people have little interest in the religious aspects of Buddhism, and the practice occurs within secular contexts such as hospitals, schools, and the workplace. Is it possible to recover from the Buddhist teachings a vision of human flourishing that is secular rather than religious without compromising the integrity of the tradition?

  • Buddhism Without Beliefs | Stephen Batchelor

    Buddhism Without Beliefs

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stephen Batchelor
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    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.

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

    Buddhism Without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen Batchelor
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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.

  • Confession of a Buddhist Atheist | Stephen Batchelor

    Confession of a Buddhist Atheist

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Stephen Batchelor
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    Written with the same brilliance and boldness that made Buddhism Without Beliefs a classic in its field, Confession of a Buddhist Atheist is Stephen Batchelor's account of his journey through Buddhism, which culminates in a groundbreaking new portrait of the historical Buddha.

  • Verses from the Center | Stephen Batchelor

    Verses from the Center

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen Batchelor
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    The understanding of the nature of reality is the insight upon which the Buddha was able to achieve his own enlightenment. This vision of the sublime is the source of all that is enigmatic and paradoxical about Buddhism. In Verses from the Center, Stephen Batchelor explores the history of this concept and provides listeners with translations of the most important poems ever written on the subject, the poems of 2nd century philosopher Nagarjuna.

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