Confession of a Buddhist Atheist

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  • Title: Confession of a Buddhist Atheist
  • Author: Stephen Batchelor
  • ISBN: 9780385527064
  • Page: 293
  • Format: Hardcover

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  1. First, I should say a brief word about the title Buddhism is an atheistic religion, so being a Buddhist atheist is not anything at all unusual Now, granted, many sects of Buddhism believe in various deities and spirits however, one of the key teachings of Siddhattha Gotama Batchelor uses the Pali spellings was his rejection of the theism his rejection of the existence of Brahman and Atman God, The Absolutle, the Self of the Hindu culture in which he lived Gotama s atheism, as Batchelor points ou [...]

  2. Atheism is NOT About YouReally, it s not It is not an affront to your existence It is about science It is about questioning and searching for answers It is about thinking for oneself.For the God themed issue of Zen Dixie, I read three books on atheism No, these books did not provide me with any life changing realizations it was like, as they say, preaching to the choir Yes, I am an atheist No, I do not believe in anyone else s God And, like I said in the opening paragraph, my atheism is not abo [...]

  3. This we may term the fundamental posture of the Buddhist mind The serious commitment of the Occidental mind to the concerns and value of the living person is fundamentally dismissed, as it is in Jainism, and in the Sankhya too However, the usual Oriental concern for the monad also is dismissed There is no reincarnating hero monad to be saved, released, or found All life is sorrowful, and yet, there is no self, no being, no entity, in sorrow There is no reason, consequently, to feel loathing, sho [...]

  4. Not since Chogyam Trungpa s Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism has an analysis of Buddhism had such a profound effect on me Part spiritual autobiography, part scholarly text Batchelor s monastic journey led to studies and work with many important teachers the Dalai Lama, for one But his quest became stymied by increasing unease, due to unquestioning allegiances, archaic conventions and, eventually, as he dug deeper into the Pali Canon bless his patience , contradictions about the historical r [...]

  5. I am glad I belong to a religion that worships a tree No, this is not Jake Sully saluting the Na vi in Avatar it s Stephen Batchelor explaining his Buddhist atheism But in this case, 3D means dull, dispiriting and diffuse.I enjoy confessions, especially when they involve spiritual conturbation Mark Matousek s Sex, Death, Enlightenment Andrew Harvey s The Sun at Midnight even Frank Schaeffer s half cocked Crazy for God I also if rarely appreciate oblique approaches to spirituality, as in Jacob Ne [...]

  6. This is simply a wonderful book The reaction to it from the conservative Buddhists like B Allan Wallace, from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, and others from the Theravada is all the evidence one would need to prove Batchelor s point there are all too many Buddhists who praise the Buddha and the Buddhist traditions for it s rationality and critical questioning, but keep their questioning from reflecting back on the tradition For such people, it s as though their understanding of what the Buddha [...]

  7. There are some reviews describing the book as a meandering and sometimes confusing foray into Buddhism and quote the author in his confession of taking on projects in an erstwhile and haphazard fashion I won t go against the author in his self description but I will note that the result is neither confusing nor meandering, if anything it achieves exactly what it declares itself to be, a journey of confession where searching for the man behind the myth, the Gotama behind the Buddha, becomes an ev [...]

  8. To practice the Dharma is like making a collage You collect ideas, images, insights, philosophical styles, meditation methods, and ethical values that you find here and there in Buddhism, bind them securely together, then launch your raft into the river of life As long as it does not sink or disintegrate and can get you to the other shore, then it works That is all that matters It need not correspond to anyone else s idea of what Buddhism is or should be P229 So concludes Stephen Batchelor s Con [...]

  9. I d give Part One, the autobiographical section, a four my only criticism is that it is too short and lacks detail Part Two, however, merits at most a two It is the bulk of the work, and should really be called In Search of the Historic Buddha Other reviews have commented that they are not historians and so don t feel that they can judge I, on the other hand, am an historian, and can and do judge it This is not a work of history it is, at best, a speculative work It is a work written by someone [...]

  10. This is the first Stephen Batchelor book I have read, and it definitely won t be the last It s exactly what I was looking for The first half of the book describes his own experience as a Buddhist monk primarily in Tibet and Korea, up until he disrobed The second half focuses on the Buddha s life and teachings, based on Batchelor s research of the Pali Canon and his own experience in Asia as a lay practitioner.I think it s safe to say that Batchelor is a representative of Western Buddhism, which [...]

  11. Stephen Batchelor has been an advocate of Buddhism for several decades, but his thought has turned to stripping away from Buddhism what he feels are extraneous beliefs and practices His book Buddhism without Beliefs caused a firestorm for suggesting that the doctrines of rebirth and karma, present in all historical expressions of Buddhism across Asia, are not essential to the religion In Confession of a Buddhist Atheist, he expands on this new viewpoint.This is essentially two books in one Batch [...]

  12. Confession of a Buddhist Atheist is beautifully woven and presented by Stephen Batchelor in form of a written collage, as he himself mentions at the end of the book Although the book is in narrative mode yet no where we found it a story presented by the writer in fact, while I was into the book, I felt as if Stephen is talking to me and describing the sequence of his life s events which led him towards Buddhism and finally his discovery of motif in life.Having scant religious indoctrination the [...]

  13. This book confirms my suspicions and observations that Buddhism especially of the Tibetan varieties can be just as rigid in its orthodoxies, just as jealously sectarian, and just as ridiculously superstitious as the other religions of the world Batchelor s recommendation, as always, is not to treat Buddhism as a religion at all a set of necessary beliefs, an agenda of personal salvation tied to an eschatology what happens after I die, how the world will end , or trust in magical priestcraft prie [...]

  14. It was immensely refreshing to finally read an author s approval of having biases, and an individuality based upon lived experience This is one of the better books on Buddhism I have read, and that is simply because it was not trying so damn hard to be objective Batchelor realizes that his conceptualization of Buddhism, and of the historical Buddha, is highly personalized, and all the meaningful because of it.

  15. This book has much than I thought it would It not only deals with the life and the way of thinking of the author, but also reformulates and elaborates on the Four Noble Truths and gives a realistic account of the Buddha s life The book also touches on existentialism for example.If it sounds interesting to you at all, you definetly should give it a read.In one of Sam Harris s podcasts Joseph Goldstein talked about how in the Four Noble Truths the word suffering is essentially a mistranslation T [...]

  16. Overall, good, but it slowed down toward the end, when he makes a collage out of his pilgrim trip to India, reconstruction of the historical Buddha, and Dalai Lama s politics.

  17. A thought provoking book with some fascinating insight into the world of Buddhism, Confession of a Buddhist Atheist is ultimately marred by a scattered approach to its subject matter.The first part of the book its first third, roughly appealed to me immensely, as Mr Batchelor recounts the path that took him from eager convert to Tibetan Buddhism, to that of a secular thinker critical of the modern edifice of his chosen religion Unfortunately, in the second part Stephen Batchelor is concerned ab [...]

  18. The first half of this book was enjoyable In picking up this book, I was excited to read about Batchelor s spiritual journey, to find out how he arrived to become a Buddhist Atheist I guess I was under the impression especially with the choice of title that the book would primarily be about this journey, but I guess I should have read the jacket description carefully I felt like there are two books in this one a story of his lifelong spiritual journey and then Batchelor s obsession with who The [...]

  19. I have to sustain the illusion of a self assured narrator who has known from the outset what he wants to say and how he is going to say it I experience the same tension between formal rules and arbitrary content as in making a collage Batchelor makes this confession near the end of his book, but it was already pretty apparent by this point This book started out as his story, a nice little Bildungsroman of his journey as a Buddhist but then it veers off into a discussion of the historical figure [...]

  20. This is the first book of Stephen Batchelor that I have read and though I do not agree with some of his ideas and hypotheses, I truly believe that I needed to see Buddha and his religion in a new light of 21st century world.There are many issues in Buddhism which have not been researched into, those specially dealing with creating a personal and human image of Buddha and process of the development of his Dhamma, and this book does the task After reading it, I find that my focus and belief in ol [...]

  21. Batchelor takes you through his history from a disenchanted British youth, his travels through Eurasia as a Buddhist monk, and his ultimate life as a Buddhist layperson living in France He assumes you know very little about his beliefs, and his interpretations of the Pali Canon are accessible and ring true with what I ve read If you re looking for a good intro to Buddhism, this is a great book And I would ve finished sooner had it not been for guitar practice.

  22. I ve been reading a fair bit on Buddhism lately as a backdrop to my travels in Indochina This was the best of the lot As an agnostic, Stephen Batchelor and his hard won perspectives resonate with me And this book in particular was, for me, the most approachable of his that I ve read A biography of the Buddha stripped of all of the divine silliness, an autobiography of a fascinating strange trip of a life, and a great defense of Buddhism as a philosophy and not as a religion Highly recommended.

  23. I picked this book up expecting it to be lecturey, but I was surprised to find it an engaging and delightful read I read it quickly, and expect to pick it up again some day.Batchelor begins his story, which is part memoir and part religious history, at the point in his life where he was most committed to Buddhism and yet starting to have doubts about parts of the Tibetan Buddhism he was practising He backtracks to describe how he came to Buddhism, and then elaborates on the problem of belief he [...]

  24. I ve maintained a regular meditation practice for a couple of years now, and I ve found it immensely helpful as a secular practice I ve wanted to find ways to expand my Buddhist thinking as an atheist, and Batchelor really delivers This book was amazingly thought provoking in three ways First, Stephen Batchelor s personal account of traveling to India in the 60s and becoming a Tibetan monk, then a Korean monk, and then having a spiritual crisis and disrobing yet continuing to practice as a lay s [...]

  25. In the first half of this book, Stephen Batchelor tells the story of his transformations from a young secular English hippie to a monk in Dharamsala studying in the Tibetan Vajrayana tradition, to a monk in a Korean Zen monastery and finally to a lay Buddhist trying to live an authentic Buddhist life without religion Buddhist in practice, but not in ideology I would call it maximum entropy Buddhism, meaning basically that unproven assertions are left out The panoply of deities sits by the roadsi [...]

  26. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, although it dragged a bit toward the end as Batchelor recounts the life of Buddha, a story that isn t as relevant to his premise as I think he thinks it is Still, Batchelor s journey from his UK upbringing to studies in India to a shift in schools of Buddhism to secular Buddhism is quite fascinating He articulates the problem I ve had all my life with Buddhism since I first read Hesse s Siddartha in high school I don t buy the supernatural aspects of it any than [...]

  27. I d first heard of this book listening to a 4 part pod cast in which Stephen Batchelor was leading a discussion about the the historical context in which the Buddha lived taught I was very curious to read this investigation of what Buddhism is was at its core before it got layered with different practices beliefs of the countries into which it then moved from India Tibet, China, Sri Lanka, Japan, etc The book is part biography of the man Siddhatha Gotama and auto biography Batchelor Who was the [...]

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