Stephen Batchelor


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in Dundee, Scotland, The United Kingdom
April 07, 1953

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Buddhism without Beliefs: A...

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Confession of a Buddhist At...

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Living with the Devil

4.03 avg rating — 464 ratings — published 2004 — 12 editions
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After Buddhism: Rethinking ...

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Secular Buddhism: Imagining...

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The Faith to Doubt: Glimpse...

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The Awakening of the West: ...

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Verses from the Center: A B...

4.11 avg rating — 28 ratings — published 2001
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Flight: An Existential Conc...

3.29 avg rating — 7 ratings — published 1984
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“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

“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

“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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