After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age, Stephen Batchelor
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After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age

Author: Stephen Batchelor

Narrator: Stephen Batchelor

Unabridged: 17 hr 40 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Published: 10/27/2015

Genre: Religion - Buddhism - Sacred Writings

Synopsis

Some twenty-five centuries after the Buddha started teaching, his message continues to inspire people across the globe, including those living in predominantly secular societies. What does it mean to adapt religious practices to secular contexts? Stephen Batchelor, an internationally known author and teacher, is committed to a secularized version of the Buddhas teachings. The time has come, he feels, to articulate a coherent, ethical, contemplative, and philosophical vision of Buddhism for our age. After Buddhism, the culmination of four decades of study and practice in the Tibetan, Zen, and Therav?da traditions, is his attempt to set the record straight about who the Buddha was and what he was trying to teach. Combining critical readings of the earliest canonical texts with narrative accounts of five members of the Buddhas inner circle, Batchelor depicts the Buddha as a pragmatic ethicist rather than a dogmatic metaphysician. He envisions Buddhism as a constantly evolving culture of awakening whose perpetual survival is due to its capacity to reinvent itself and interact creatively with each society it encounters. This original and provocative book presents a new framework for understanding the remarkable spread of Buddhism in todays globalized world. It also reminds us of what was so startling about the Buddhas vision of human flourishing.

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