Stephen Batchelor's After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age PDF

By Stephen Batchelor

ISBN-10: 030020518X

ISBN-13: 9780300205183

ISBN-10: 0300224346

ISBN-13: 9780300224344

ISBN-10: 1504635817

ISBN-13: 9781504635813

Some twenty-five centuries after the Buddha began educating, his message keeps to motivate humans around the globe, together with these dwelling in predominantly secular societies. What does it suggest to evolve spiritual practices to secular contexts?
Stephen Batchelor, an across the world identified writer and instructor, is devoted to a secularized model of the Buddha’s teachings. The time has come, he feels, to articulate a coherent moral, contemplative, and philosophical imaginative and prescient of Buddhism for our age. After Buddhism, the end result of 4 many years of research and perform within the Tibetan, Zen, and Theravada traditions, is his try to set the checklist instantly approximately who the Buddha was once and what he was once attempting to train. Combining serious readings of the earliest canonical texts with narrative bills of 5 contributors of the Buddha’s internal circle, Batchelor depicts the Buddha as a realistic ethicist instead of a dogmatic metaphysician. He envisions Buddhism as a continuously evolving tradition of awakening whose lengthy survival is because of its skill to reinvent itself and engage creatively with each one society it encounters.
This unique and provocative ebook offers a brand new framework for figuring out the striking unfold of Buddhism in today’s globalized international. It additionally reminds us of what used to be so startling concerning the Buddha’s imaginative and prescient of human flourishing.

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