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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,908 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Batchelor Narrator: Stephen Batchelor Publisher: Sounds True Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN:
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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.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roger | 2/15/2014

    " A simple book, provides an entry point for those somewhat uncomfortable with typical religiosity but intrigued by the practice of mindfulness ... Another on the list of "life changer " books for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay | 1/29/2014

    " This was a down-to-Earth, wonderful book on Buddhism and how we can incorporate a dharma practice into our everyday life, even here in the West. This will be a book that I'll keep on my nightstand, for sure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 12/31/2013

    " To use a strictly Buddhist term, Stephen Batchelor is a bad-ass. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynn | 12/30/2013

    " I usually like books like this, but I read this almost 2 years ago and the only notation I made was bor....ing. That could explain why I don't remember anything about this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat Aderhold | 12/29/2013

    " Starts off very insightful but gets a bit esoteric at the end. Still definitely worth a read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dixie | 12/27/2013

    " I was disappointed in this book. It seemed unfocused and was hard for me to stay interested in. I didn't feel I learned much of anything from it, either. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig Fiebig | 12/11/2013

    " Lots of new insight for me. Inspiring and a great start "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan (LotusHips) Lehto | 12/6/2013

    " This is an interesting book. It's main theme is that Buddhism is a practice and not a religion, which I think falls in line with what Siddhartha taught. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 BAKU | 10/16/2013

    " Very , very good overall "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Essemsee | 10/13/2013

    " If you only read one book on Buddhism, it should be this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dharma Bum 108 | 9/19/2013

    " I disagreed with him in a lot of areas but I think he takes an interesting stance in regards to Buddhism in America. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 9/9/2013

    " As a man without faith I found this book much to my liking. I know that I am not yet as free from want as one might hope, but the author has nonetheless given me much to think about and strive towardsas I continue my life's path. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela Gutierrez | 7/25/2013

    " Great beginning Buddhism book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 dave | 7/10/2013

    " buddha created a way of understanding and overcoming human suffering and anguish. the religion came later. reminds me of Marxism. Batchelor discusses the possibilities for buddhist thought to lead to personal and social liberation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 6/30/2013

    " Excellent source on secular/agnostic Buddhism. Writing in common vernacular that is easy to understand without a great deal of foreign words/concepts. Not too long and definitely well worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 4/21/2013

    " I studied buddhist meditation with a zen priest for 2 years with a group on cape cod and we used this as our discussion piece every time we met. I learned alot but unless you have someone helping you with this book you may have a hard time understanding it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zen Meditation | 4/14/2013

    " A tad scholarly (many complain that the author is infatuated with his own vocabulary), this book started the humanist, secular movement in modern Buddhism. For anyone wanting the more philosophical/psychological side of Buddhism (as opposed to the more religious), this is the book for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Ayers | 3/8/2013

    " Clear and concise, good as an introduction to Buddhism or as a practical guidebook through the basic agnostic tenants of Buddhist practice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K. | 3/3/2013

    " One of my three favorite books about Buddhism. Clear, accessible, and wonderfully rational. Not a breath of sentimentality, but great breadth of genuine sentiment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron Smith | 2/14/2013

    " Excellent presentation of secular Buddhism, focusing on keeping your practice personal, living, and creative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kassin | 1/27/2013

    " i heart this book. i read it whenever i need some centering and a good dose of humility. i've let so many people borrow it i think this is my third copy now? anyway, i highly recommend it. there are parts i skip but the meat of it is priceless. "

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About the Author

Stephen Batchelor is a former monk in the Tibetan and Zen traditions. He has translated Shantideva’s A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life and is the author of Alone with Others, The Faith to Doubt, The Tibet Guide, The Awakening of the West, Buddhism without Beliefs, and Verses from the Center. He is a contributing editor of Tricycle magazine, a guiding teacher at Gaia House Retreat Centre, and cofounder of Sharpham College for Buddhist Studies and Contemporary Inquiry in Devon, England. He lives in southwest France and lectures and conducts meditation retreats worldwide.