After Buddhism

Author: Stephen Batchelor
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300216226
Release Date: 2015-10-28
Genre: Religion

Some twenty-five 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. After Buddhism, the culmination of four decades of study and practice in the Tibetan, Zen, and Theravada traditions, is his attempt to set the record straight about who the Buddha was and what he was trying to teach. Combining critical readings of the earliest canonical texts with narrative accounts of five members of the Buddha’s inner circle, Batchelor depicts the Buddha as a pragmatic ethicist rather than a dogmatic metaphysician. He envisions Buddhism as a constantly evolving culture of awakening whose long survival is due to its capacity to reinvent itself and interact creatively with each society it encounters. This original and provocative book presents a new framework for understanding the remarkable spread of Buddhism in today’s globalized world. It also reminds us of what was so startling about the Buddha’s vision of human flourishing.

After Buddhism Rethinking Dharma for a Secular Age

Author: Stephen Batchelor
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9789351777748
Release Date: 2016-04-10
Genre: Religion

After Buddhism, the culmination of four decades of study and practice in the Tibetan, Zen, and Theravada traditions, is Stephen Batchelor's attempt to set the record straight about who the Buddha was and what he was trying to teach. Combining critical readings of the earliest canonical texts with narrative accounts of five members of the Buddha's inner circle, Batchelor depicts the Buddha as a pragmatic ethicist rather than a dogmatic metaphysician. He envisions Buddhism as a constantly evolving culture of awakening whose long survival is due to its capacity to reinvent itself and interact creatively with each society it encounters.

Secular Buddhism

Author: Stephen Batchelor
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300223231
Release Date: 2017-02-21
Genre:

An essential collection of Stephen Batchelor's most probing and important work on secular Buddhism 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? Is there an ethical framework that can underpin and contextualize these practices in a rapidly changing world? In this collected volume of Stephen Batchelor's writings on these themes, he explores the complex implications of Buddhism's secularization. Ranging widely--from reincarnation, religious belief, and agnosticism to the role of the arts in Buddhist practice--he offers a detailed picture of contemporary Buddhism and its attempt to find a voice in the modern world.

Confession of a Buddhist Atheist

Author: Stephen Batchelor
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
ISBN: 9781588369840
Release Date: 2010-03-02
Genre: Religion

Does Buddhism require faith? Can an atheist or agnostic follow the Buddha’s teachings without believing in reincarnation or organized religion? This is one man’s confession. In his classic Buddhism Without Beliefs, Stephen Batchelor offered a profound, secular approach to the teachings of the Buddha that struck an emotional chord with Western readers. Now, with the same brilliance and boldness of thought, he paints a groundbreaking portrait of the historical Buddha—told from the author’s unique perspective as a former Buddhist monk and modern seeker. Drawing from the original Pali Canon, the seminal collection of Buddhist discourses compiled after the Buddha’s death by his followers, Batchelor shows us the Buddha as a flesh-and-blood man who looked at life in a radically new way. Batchelor also reveals the everyday challenges and doubts of his own devotional journey—from meeting the Dalai Lama in India, to training as a Zen monk in Korea, to finding his path as a lay teacher of Buddhism living in France. Both controversial and deeply personal, Stephen Batchelor’s refreshingly doctrine-free, life-informed account is essential reading for anyone interested in Buddhism.

Buddhism Without Beliefs

Author: Stephen Batchelor
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781573226561
Release Date: 1998
Genre: Religion

A comprehensive, straightforward introduction to Buddhism simply explains how its practices can enrich lives, regardless of one's religious background. Reprint.

Verses from the Center

Author: Stephen Batchelor
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101663097
Release Date: 2001-07-01
Genre: Religion

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 readers with translations of the most important poems ever written on the subject, the poems of 2nd century philosopher Nagarjuna.

The Making of Buddhist Modernism

Author: David L. McMahan
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199720290
Release Date: 2008-11-14
Genre: Religion

A great deal of Buddhist literature and scholarly writing about Buddhism of the past 150 years reflects, and indeed constructs, a historically unique modern Buddhism, even while purporting to represent ancient tradition, timeless teaching, or the "essentials" of Buddhism. This literature, Asian as well as Western, weaves together the strands of different traditions to create a novel hybrid that brings Buddhism into alignment with many of the ideologies and sensibilities of the post-Enlightenment West. In this book, David McMahan charts the development of this "Buddhist modernism." McMahan examines and analyzes a wide range of popular and scholarly writings produced by Buddhists around the globe. He focuses on ideological and imaginative encounters between Buddhism and modernity, for example in the realms of science, mythology, literature, art, psychology, and religious pluralism. He shows how certain themes cut across cultural and geographical contexts, and how this form of Buddhism has been created by multiple agents in a variety of times and places. His position is critical but empathetic: while he presents Buddhist modernism as a construction of numerous parties with varying interests, he does not reduce it to a mistake, a misrepresentation, or fabrication. Rather, he presents it as a complex historical process constituted by a variety of responses -- sometimes trivial, often profound -- to some of the most important concerns of the modern era.

Alone with Others

Author: Stephen Batchelor
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
ISBN: 9780802196484
Release Date: 2007-12-01
Genre: Religion

This uniquely contemporary guide to understanding the timeless message of Buddhism, and in particular its relevance in actual human relations, was inspired by Shantideva's 'Guide To The Bodhisattva's Way Of Life', which the author translated into English, the oral instructions of living Buddhist masters, Heidegger's classic 'Being and Time', and the writings of the Christian theologians Paul Tillich and John MacQuarrie.

Meditation for Life

Author: Martine Batchelor
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Limited
ISBN: 0711216738
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Meditation

Using words and photographs, this book shows how meditation can enrich your life. Itbook looks at the three main Buddhist traditions – Tibetan, Theravadan and Zen – and offers step-by-step guides to meditation on a variety of themes. Each chapter discusses one of the many different approaches to meditation and features practical instructions and exercises, as well as a discussion of a related aspect of Buddhism, such as wisdom or non-attachment.

The Faith to Doubt

Author: Stephen Batchelor
Publisher:
ISBN: UVA:X002451983
Release Date: 1990
Genre: Religion

Set in a monastery in Korea, "Faith to Doubt recounts the author's training in Zen and Tibetan Buddhism, and reflects on the challenges of bringing Buddhism to the West.

The Buddha Pill

Author: Miguel Farias
Publisher: Watkins Media Limited
ISBN: 9781780287188
Release Date: 2015-03-24
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit

Millions of people meditate daily but can meditative practices really make us 'better' people? In The Buddha Pill, pioneering psychologists Dr Miguel Farias and Catherine Wikholm put meditation and mindfulness under the microscope. Separating fact from fiction, they reveal what scientific research - including their groundbreaking study on yoga and meditation with prisoners - tells us about the benefits and limitations of these techniques for improving our lives. As well as illuminating the potential, the authors argue that these practices may have unexpected consequences, and that peace and happiness may not always be the end result. Offering a compelling examination of research on transcendental meditation to recent brain-imaging studies on the effects of mindfulness and yoga, and with fascinating contributions from spiritual teachers and therapists, Farias and Wikholm weave together a unique story about the science and the delusions of personal change.

Why Buddhism is True

Author: Robert Wright
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439195475
Release Date: 2017-08-08
Genre: Psychology

New York Times Bestseller From one of America’s greatest minds, a journey through psychology, philosophy, and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness. Robert Wright famously explained in The Moral Animal how evolution shaped the human brain. The mind is designed to often delude us, he argued, about ourselves and about the world. And it is designed to make happiness hard to sustain. But if we know our minds are rigged for anxiety, depression, anger, and greed, what do we do? Wright locates the answer in Buddhism, which figured out thousands of years ago what scientists are only discovering now. Buddhism holds that human suffering is a result of not seeing the world clearly—and proposes that seeing the world more clearly, through meditation, will make us better, happier people. In Why Buddhism is True, Wright leads readers on a journey through psychology, philosophy, and a great many silent retreats to show how and why meditation can serve as the foundation for a spiritual life in a secular age. At once excitingly ambitious and wittily accessible, this is the first book to combine evolutionary psychology with cutting-edge neuroscience to defend the radical claims at the heart of Buddhist philosophy. With bracing honesty and fierce wisdom, it will persuade you not just that Buddhism is true—which is to say, a way out of our delusion—but that it can ultimately save us from ourselves, as individuals and as a species.

The Psychology of Awakening

Author: Gay Watson
Publisher: Weiser Books
ISBN: 1578631726
Release Date: 2000-02-01
Genre: Religion

This collection of essays on various facets of Buddhism explores the religion's relevance, philosophy, and practice in the modern world. Writers include David Brazier, Francisco J. Varela, Geshe Thubten Jinpa, Jon Kabat Zinn, and Mark Epstein.

The Awakening of the West

Author: Stephen Batchelor
Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
ISBN: 0938077694
Release Date: 1994
Genre: Religion

From Greek kings to nineteenth-century adventurers, from missionaries to monks, the encounter of Buddhism and the West is filled with intriguing personalities in "Awaking of the West.

The Spirit of the Buddha

Author: Martine Batchelor
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300175004
Release Date: 2014-05-14
Genre: Buddhism

In this slim, enlightening volume, internationally recognized Buddhist teacher Martine Batchelor presents the basic tenets and teachings of the Buddha through a selection of essential texts from the Pali canon, the earliest Buddhist scriptures. Viewed by scholars as the actual substance of the historical teachings (and possibly even the words) of the Buddha, these texts are essential to an understanding of the Buddhist faith, and Batchelor illuminates them with her lucid analysis and interpretations. Both accessible to nonpractitioners and helpful to scholars, "The Spirit of the Buddha" touches upon key themes, including dharma, compassion, meditation, and peace, among others, creating a panoramic view of one of the world's most widely practiced faiths that is deeply rooted in its most vital texts.