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Buddhism without Beliefs by Stephen Batchelor
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Sep 01, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: philosophy

A great book for those who wish to explore Buddhism, but don't believe in (or are agnostic about) things like karma, reincarnation, etc... The main drawback is at times the book gets a bit wishy-washy. For instance, the author discusses how Buddhism is about confronting these questions as opposed to getting answers. However, isn't Buddhism about overcoming suffering? Why even get into the search for meaning, especially since in an agnostic context, it seems like said meaning may not come? What value is there in confronting these big questions? Should one not approach Buddhism as a way of life designed to alleviate suffering and apply an agnostic attitude towards the doctrinal elements instead?

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