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Confession of a Buddhist Atheist by Stephen Batchelor
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Apr 14, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: buddhism, read-in-2011
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With this book Stepehen Batchelor managed to remind me of what drew me to buddhist philosophy in the first place and what alienates me about buddhims to this day. I love the rational side that can make an impact in this live, that is not concerned with karma or metaphysical crap. He really lets these aspects shine by being honest about his own struggle with tibetan buddhism (and very little zen) and by reconstructing buddhas biography as a human being, not as the godlike figure he becomes in many mahayana sutras. A very inspiring book by a guy who is far from promoting some sort of "buddhism light" but who struggles to find the core elements in this philosophy that are often obscured by ritual and hierarchy.

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