By Stephen Batchelor
Batchelor's Buddhism with no ideals (1997) defined an earthly method of the jap philosophy stripped of doctrines equivalent to karma and rebirth; how a tender British monk ordained within the Tibetan culture become a Buddhist atheist is published during this new e-book. at the dharma path in India and Korea, and later as a lay resident on the nonsectarian Sharpham group in England, Batchelor used to be beset via doubts approximately conventional Buddhist teachings. ultimately confident that present-day varieties of Buddhism have moved a long way past what founder Gotama had meant, Batchelor launched into a learn of the Pali canon (very early Buddhist texts) to determine what the Buddha's unique message could have been. Batchelor's personal tale of conversion is woven without problems along with his research of Buddhist teachings and a 2003 pilgrimage to Indian websites very important within the Buddha's lifestyles. he's candid approximately his disillusionments with institutionalized Buddhism with no carrying out one other new atheist broadside opposed to faith. whereas Batchelor may perhaps exaggerate the newness of his Buddhism with no ideals stance, this multifaceted account of 1 Buddhist's look for enlightenment is richly soaking up.
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