By Stephen Batchelor
People with an curiosity in Buddhism will welcome this new e-book by way of Stephen Batchelor, former monk and writer of Alone With Others and The Awakening of the West. yet those who find themselves simply learning this more and more well known perform could have a lot to achieve as well-for Buddhism with out ideals serves as a superior, hassle-free creation that demystifies Buddhism and explains easily and it seems that how its perform can increase our lives. warding off jargon and idea, Batchelor concentrates at the concrete, making Buddhism obtainable and compelling and exhibiting how someone can embark in this path-regardless in their spiritual historical past.
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Conversely, if we see ourselves as superior to others, then while outwardly disdainful of hardship, we are tormented by humiliation when it defeats us. We 4 3 STEPHEN- BATCHELOR shun the friendship of those who might help dispel the conceit that traps us in yet another cycle of anguish. Self-confidence is not a form of arrogance. It is trust in our capacity to awaken. It is both the courage to face whatever life throws at us without losing equanimity, and the humility to treat every situation we encounter as one from which we can learn.
Something in us insists on a static self, a fixed image, impervious to anguish, that will either survive death intact or be painlessly annihilated. immediacy of life is as deepseated as it is relentless. Even with the ardent desire to be aware and alert in the present moment, the mind flings us into tawdry and tiresome elaborations of past and future. This craving to be otherwise, to be elsewhere, permeates the body, feelings, perceptions, will—consciousness itself. aftershock of having erupted into existence.
Even if our aim in life is to be totally in the here and now, free from past conditioning and any idea of a goal to be reached, we still have a clear purpose—without which life would be meaningless. A purpose is formed of words and images. And we can no more step out of language and imagination than we can step out of our bodies. STEPHEN- T H E PROBLEM IS B A T C H E L O R not that we lack resolve, but that it so often turns out to be misplaced. The meaning-laden feelings do not last. We resolve to become wealthy and famous, only to discover in the end that such things are incapable of providing that permanent well-being we initially projected onto them.