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BUDDHISM WITHOUT BELIEFS : A Contemporary Guide to Awakening

Stephen Batchelor

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ISBN 10: 1573226564 / ISBN 13: 9781573226561
Published by Riverhead Books, New York, 1998
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Near Fine in wrappers. ; 9 X 5.40 X 0.40 inches; 144 pages; All domestic orders shipped protected in a Box. Bookseller Inventory # 91718

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Title: BUDDHISM WITHOUT BELIEFS : A Contemporary ...

Publisher: Riverhead Books, New York

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Softcover

Edition: First Edition Thus; Tenth Printing.

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A national bestseller and acclaimed guide to Buddhism for beginners and practitioners alike

In this simple but important volume, Stephen Batchelor reminds us that the Buddha was not a mystic who claimed privileged, esoteric knowledge of the universe, but a man who challenged us to understand the nature of anguish, let go of its origins, and bring into being a way of life that is available to us all. The concepts and practices of Buddhism, says Batchelor, are not something to believe in but something to do—and as he explains clearly and compellingly, it is a practice that we can engage in, regardless of our background or beliefs, as we live every day on the path to spiritual enlightenment.

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As in all the major religions, there is a wisdom behind the theology of Buddhism that informs the believer in daily life. Stephen Batchelor would argue that the difference with Buddhism is that the wisdom is in fact independent of the theology and is not informative to believers only, but to everyone. In Buddhism Without Beliefs Batchelor lays out the major tenets of Buddhist wisdom, commenting on their relevance to modern life. The Buddha said that seekers must find the Truth for themselves, and Batchelor offers this book as a roadmap.

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