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Confession of a Buddhist Atheist by Stephen Batchelor
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Sep 07, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 2010, borrowed, buddhism, library-book, meditation, memoir, non-fiction, spirituality
Read in September, 2010

For conservative Buddhists, this book may be downright offensive because it occasionally throws a harsh light on traditional teachings and contemporary teachers. For more:

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Stephen Batchelor
“[Mindfulness] is not concerned with anything transcendent or divine. It serves as an antidote to theism, a cure for sentimental piety, a scalpel for excising the tumor of metaphysical belief. (130)”
Stephen Batchelor, Confession of a Buddhist Atheist

Stephen Batchelor
“The Four Noble Truths are pragmatic rather than dogmatic. They suggest a course of action to be followed rather than a set of dogmas to be believed. The four truths are prescriptions for behavior rather than descriptions of reality. The Buddha compares himself to a doctor who offers a course of therapeutic treatment to heal one’s ills. To embark on such a therapy is not designed to bring one any closer to ‘the Truth’ but to enable one’s life to flourish here and now, hopefully leaving a legacy that will continue to have beneficial repercussions after one’s death. (154)”
Stephen Batchelor, Confession of a Buddhist Atheist

Stephen Batchelor
“To embrace suffering culminates in greater empathy, the capacity to feel what it is like for the other to suffer, which is the ground for unsentimental compassion and love. (157)”
Stephen Batchelor, Confession of a Buddhist Atheist

Stephen Batchelor
“What is it that makes a person insist passionately on the existence of metaphysical realities that can be neither demonstrated nor refuted? (176)”
Stephen Batchelor, Confession of a Buddhist Atheist

Stephen Batchelor
“The problem with certainty is that it is static; it can do little but endlessly reassert itself. Uncertainty, by contrast, is full of unknowns, possibilities, and risks. (65)”
Stephen Batchelor, Confession of a Buddhist Atheist


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