After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age

After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age

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. But 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 B Some twenty-five centuries after the Buddha started teaching, his message continues to inspire people across the globe, includin...

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Title:After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age
Author:Stephen Batchelor
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Genres:Religion
ISBN:030020518X
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:381 pages pages

After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age Reviews

  • Roger Whitson
    Apr 12, 2018

    It would be a mistake to cast Stephen Batchelor as Buddhism?s version of Harris, Hitchens, or Dawkins. Unlike the so-called New Atheists, his objective is not to destroy or ridicule but rather to reclaim the Buddha?s teachings from metaphysical distractions grafted on throughout Bu...

    There is something strange about a ?Secular Buddhism? that is self-consciously modern, non-dogmatic, that purports to be a scientifically and critically informed Buddhism, and which harks back 2,500 years to the ?true? words of the Master. Yet this is what Stephen Batchelor see...

    I learned a thing or two about the Buddha, that's for sure. For one, I always thought he was top-drawer royalty, when really he was no big deal in the royal flush of lineages of India in his day. I also learned that the famous story of his striking out from the royal grounds and discov...

    With his latest book, After Buddhism, renowned scholar Stephen Batchelor continues to expand his vision for a ?secular Buddhism?, a project he began nearly twenty years ago in his 1997 book Buddhism Without Beliefs. In that groundbreaking book, he sounded an urgent alarm about what...

    180916: this is a very interesting take on buddhism. at the beginning the author describes in his project, a desire to update buddhism of several religious interpretations with a secular understanding, born of the 2 500 years since gotama buddha is said to have lived. this is a noble i...

    For the past couple of years I've been reading books about Secular Buddhism. I'll post reviews of some of those books soon. This one is the latest by Stephen Batchelor, a Buddhist who has trained in various traditional forms of Buddhism over the past 40 years, but after long reflection...

    This was for me an exceptionally enlightening (pun intended) and enjoyable read--and listen: for parts of the book, I listened to parts of the iBooks audiobook narrated by the author and found his voice and tone to be suggestive of both care (with proper enunciation, pronunciation, and...

    One of the better books on Buddhism that I've read and almost as useful and thought-provoking as Nichtern's ROAD HOME. Once again, as ever, "cultivating an awareness of feelings is crucial because many habitual reactive patterns are triggered as much by these subjective bodily affects ...

    Phenomenal (in all senses of the term). I?m on board with Batchelor: Buddhism as a pragmatic ethics rather than metaphysics is the way to go. ...

    A wonderfully lucid exploration of Stephen Batchelor?s Secular Buddhism - that is, Buddhism for atheists and existentialists. Putting the question of sanctioned doctrinal interpretation to one side (some of Batchelor?s translations and interpretations are contentious), this is a...

    Buddha died after a bout of bloody diarrhea, but Buddhists don?t wear red stool around their necks. Otherwise, the religion that developed after the Buddha?s death shares many qualities with Christianity: conservative, staid and dogmatic. In his new book, AFTER BUDDHISM: RETHINKING...

    GOOD. Good. Actually, kind of a slog in the beginning. The first 50% of the book was a slog for me - I really struggled, ho jeez. 1-star start. But a 4-star end, really. I think I needed time to get into this: this is a DENSE book, it requires deep engagement, and that can be hard when...

    Like Mr. Wright (see ?Why Buddhism is True?), Mr. Batchelor has trouble with ?no self.? (Successful people have trouble giving up the ego. Imagine that.) Please see page 196 for Mr. Batchelor?s take on the issue. What I think is most important in his argument is his assertion...

    This sentence from the publisher?s description puts it well: ?Combining critical readings of the earliest canonical texts with narrative accounts of five of the Buddha?s inner circle, Batchelor depicts the Buddha as a pragmatic ethicist rather than a dogmatic metaphysician.? I ...

    The author managed to make a potentially intriguing thesis into a tedious exercise in retelling legendary narratives of Buddhism. I fail to see how spending entire chapters recounting the biographies of various Buddhist saints aimed to achieve his thesis of promoting a secular Buddhism...

    Absolutely fantastic. One of the best books I have ever read. Secular Buddhism the way Batchelor explains it is crystal clear and its implications are profound. If you are interested in buddhist philosophy without dogmas this is a great place to start. ...

    I rated this book four stars when I was part way through it then changed it to five once I finished. The structure is tough at first because it seems all over the place. But the end brings it all together so perfectly and connects it all with such clarity. Amazing. ...

    Sometimes a difficult and dense read, but so full of giant nuggets of wisdom. ...

    Who am I to tell Stephen Batchelor what to think? I discovered Buddha in 1961 or 62 when I equally read the Bible, Shakespeare, Thomas Mann, Buddha, Marc and Engels, Lenin and even a little bit of Mao Zedong, not to speak of many other things and works like books on mathematical logic ...

    My rather faint and dilettantish interest in Buddhism has in recent years grown more serious, inspired in part by being seriously ill and unable to practice yoga as I used to, forcing me to turn to meditation instead. So I guess the people who believe that yoga is a gateway practice to...

    The core of Buddhism is a teaching by one man, Gautama Siddharta. All the rest is ?religion?: dogma?s, rituals, fantasy stories and shiploads of incense sticks. What if you would cut that all away, though? That is what Stephen Batchelor is after in ?After Buddhism?, which I f...

    Illuminating I have been interested in buddhism since my late teens (I am now 60) and I found this book to resonate strongly with my earliest intuitive understanding of the essence of this religion as well as confirming a number of ideas that I have had about its metaphysical origin...

    "To embrace life with comprehension involves coping. It has more to do with how we get about, deal with conflicts, realize possibilities, and engage with others than with acquiring knowledge of the nature of the mind or reality. Comprehension requires the opposite of aloofness; it requ...

    Batchelor's goal is to get back to the historical Buddha by reading the foundational text anew and stripping out the cultural layers that were added to Buddhism following the death of Gotama. What is left is a pragmatic way of living that is not dependent on a belief in an almighty God...

    This book is a starting point for the hammering out of the philosophical foundation of secular buddhism. By alternating in chapters that investigate the lives of Gotama and his followers, Batchelor writes a book that is critical and analytical of the source text material (particularly ...

    4.5 stars I've read several self-help books on Buddhist thought, but very few of them match the erudition of Batchelor's study of the Pali texts in early Buddhism. To be sure, as other reviewers have noted, there's an assertion of an essential Buddhism in parts of the text that runs...

  • Jenny
    Apr 18, 2019

    It would be a mistake to cast Stephen Batchelor as Buddhism?s version of Harris, Hitchens, or Dawkins. Unlike the so-called New Atheists, his objective is not to destroy or ridicule but rather to reclaim the Buddha?s teachings from metaphysical distractions grafted on throughout Bu...

    There is something strange about a ?Secular Buddhism? that is self-consciously modern, non-dogmatic, that purports to be a scientifically and critically informed Buddhism, and which harks back 2,500 years to the ?true? words of the Master. Yet this is what Stephen Batchelor see...

    I learned a thing or two about the Buddha, that's for sure. For one, I always thought he was top-drawer royalty, when really he was no big deal in the royal flush of lineages of India in his day. I also learned that the famous story of his striking out from the royal grounds and discov...

    With his latest book, After Buddhism, renowned scholar Stephen Batchelor continues to expand his vision for a ?secular Buddhism?, a project he began nearly twenty years ago in his 1997 book Buddhism Without Beliefs. In that groundbreaking book, he sounded an urgent alarm about what...

    180916: this is a very interesting take on buddhism. at the beginning the author describes in his project, a desire to update buddhism of several religious interpretations with a secular understanding, born of the 2 500 years since gotama buddha is said to have lived. this is a noble i...

    For the past couple of years I've been reading books about Secular Buddhism. I'll post reviews of some of those books soon. This one is the latest by Stephen Batchelor, a Buddhist who has trained in various traditional forms of Buddhism over the past 40 years, but after long reflection...

    This was for me an exceptionally enlightening (pun intended) and enjoyable read--and listen: for parts of the book, I listened to parts of the iBooks audiobook narrated by the author and found his voice and tone to be suggestive of both care (with proper enunciation, pronunciation, and...

    One of the better books on Buddhism that I've read and almost as useful and thought-provoking as Nichtern's ROAD HOME. Once again, as ever, "cultivating an awareness of feelings is crucial because many habitual reactive patterns are triggered as much by these subjective bodily affects ...

    Phenomenal (in all senses of the term). I?m on board with Batchelor: Buddhism as a pragmatic ethics rather than metaphysics is the way to go. ...

  • Ken
    Apr 13, 2016

    It would be a mistake to cast Stephen Batchelor as Buddhism?s version of Harris, Hitchens, or Dawkins. Unlike the so-called New Atheists, his objective is not to destroy or ridicule but rather to reclaim the Buddha?s teachings from metaphysical distractions grafted on throughout Bu...

    There is something strange about a ?Secular Buddhism? that is self-consciously modern, non-dogmatic, that purports to be a scientifically and critically informed Buddhism, and which harks back 2,500 years to the ?true? words of the Master. Yet this is what Stephen Batchelor see...

    I learned a thing or two about the Buddha, that's for sure. For one, I always thought he was top-drawer royalty, when really he was no big deal in the royal flush of lineages of India in his day. I also learned that the famous story of his striking out from the royal grounds and discov...

  • Peter Landau
    Apr 04, 2016

    It would be a mistake to cast Stephen Batchelor as Buddhism?s version of Harris, Hitchens, or Dawkins. Unlike the so-called New Atheists, his objective is not to destroy or ridicule but rather to reclaim the Buddha?s teachings from metaphysical distractions grafted on throughout Bu...

    There is something strange about a ?Secular Buddhism? that is self-consciously modern, non-dogmatic, that purports to be a scientifically and critically informed Buddhism, and which harks back 2,500 years to the ?true? words of the Master. Yet this is what Stephen Batchelor see...

    I learned a thing or two about the Buddha, that's for sure. For one, I always thought he was top-drawer royalty, when really he was no big deal in the royal flush of lineages of India in his day. I also learned that the famous story of his striking out from the royal grounds and discov...

    With his latest book, After Buddhism, renowned scholar Stephen Batchelor continues to expand his vision for a ?secular Buddhism?, a project he began nearly twenty years ago in his 1997 book Buddhism Without Beliefs. In that groundbreaking book, he sounded an urgent alarm about what...

    180916: this is a very interesting take on buddhism. at the beginning the author describes in his project, a desire to update buddhism of several religious interpretations with a secular understanding, born of the 2 500 years since gotama buddha is said to have lived. this is a noble i...

    For the past couple of years I've been reading books about Secular Buddhism. I'll post reviews of some of those books soon. This one is the latest by Stephen Batchelor, a Buddhist who has trained in various traditional forms of Buddhism over the past 40 years, but after long reflection...

    This was for me an exceptionally enlightening (pun intended) and enjoyable read--and listen: for parts of the book, I listened to parts of the iBooks audiobook narrated by the author and found his voice and tone to be suggestive of both care (with proper enunciation, pronunciation, and...

    One of the better books on Buddhism that I've read and almost as useful and thought-provoking as Nichtern's ROAD HOME. Once again, as ever, "cultivating an awareness of feelings is crucial because many habitual reactive patterns are triggered as much by these subjective bodily affects ...

    Phenomenal (in all senses of the term). I?m on board with Batchelor: Buddhism as a pragmatic ethics rather than metaphysics is the way to go. ...

    A wonderfully lucid exploration of Stephen Batchelor?s Secular Buddhism - that is, Buddhism for atheists and existentialists. Putting the question of sanctioned doctrinal interpretation to one side (some of Batchelor?s translations and interpretations are contentious), this is a...

    Buddha died after a bout of bloody diarrhea, but Buddhists don?t wear red stool around their necks. Otherwise, the religion that developed after the Buddha?s death shares many qualities with Christianity: conservative, staid and dogmatic. In his new book, AFTER BUDDHISM: RETHINKING...

  • James M. Madsen, M.D.
    May 06, 2018

    It would be a mistake to cast Stephen Batchelor as Buddhism?s version of Harris, Hitchens, or Dawkins. Unlike the so-called New Atheists, his objective is not to destroy or ridicule but rather to reclaim the Buddha?s teachings from metaphysical distractions grafted on throughout Bu...

    There is something strange about a ?Secular Buddhism? that is self-consciously modern, non-dogmatic, that purports to be a scientifically and critically informed Buddhism, and which harks back 2,500 years to the ?true? words of the Master. Yet this is what Stephen Batchelor see...

    I learned a thing or two about the Buddha, that's for sure. For one, I always thought he was top-drawer royalty, when really he was no big deal in the royal flush of lineages of India in his day. I also learned that the famous story of his striking out from the royal grounds and discov...

    With his latest book, After Buddhism, renowned scholar Stephen Batchelor continues to expand his vision for a ?secular Buddhism?, a project he began nearly twenty years ago in his 1997 book Buddhism Without Beliefs. In that groundbreaking book, he sounded an urgent alarm about what...

    180916: this is a very interesting take on buddhism. at the beginning the author describes in his project, a desire to update buddhism of several religious interpretations with a secular understanding, born of the 2 500 years since gotama buddha is said to have lived. this is a noble i...

    For the past couple of years I've been reading books about Secular Buddhism. I'll post reviews of some of those books soon. This one is the latest by Stephen Batchelor, a Buddhist who has trained in various traditional forms of Buddhism over the past 40 years, but after long reflection...

    This was for me an exceptionally enlightening (pun intended) and enjoyable read--and listen: for parts of the book, I listened to parts of the iBooks audiobook narrated by the author and found his voice and tone to be suggestive of both care (with proper enunciation, pronunciation, and...

  • Carol
    Aug 13, 2017

    It would be a mistake to cast Stephen Batchelor as Buddhism?s version of Harris, Hitchens, or Dawkins. Unlike the so-called New Atheists, his objective is not to destroy or ridicule but rather to reclaim the Buddha?s teachings from metaphysical distractions grafted on throughout Bu...

    There is something strange about a ?Secular Buddhism? that is self-consciously modern, non-dogmatic, that purports to be a scientifically and critically informed Buddhism, and which harks back 2,500 years to the ?true? words of the Master. Yet this is what Stephen Batchelor see...

    I learned a thing or two about the Buddha, that's for sure. For one, I always thought he was top-drawer royalty, when really he was no big deal in the royal flush of lineages of India in his day. I also learned that the famous story of his striking out from the royal grounds and discov...

    With his latest book, After Buddhism, renowned scholar Stephen Batchelor continues to expand his vision for a ?secular Buddhism?, a project he began nearly twenty years ago in his 1997 book Buddhism Without Beliefs. In that groundbreaking book, he sounded an urgent alarm about what...

    180916: this is a very interesting take on buddhism. at the beginning the author describes in his project, a desire to update buddhism of several religious interpretations with a secular understanding, born of the 2 500 years since gotama buddha is said to have lived. this is a noble i...

    For the past couple of years I've been reading books about Secular Buddhism. I'll post reviews of some of those books soon. This one is the latest by Stephen Batchelor, a Buddhist who has trained in various traditional forms of Buddhism over the past 40 years, but after long reflection...

    This was for me an exceptionally enlightening (pun intended) and enjoyable read--and listen: for parts of the book, I listened to parts of the iBooks audiobook narrated by the author and found his voice and tone to be suggestive of both care (with proper enunciation, pronunciation, and...

    One of the better books on Buddhism that I've read and almost as useful and thought-provoking as Nichtern's ROAD HOME. Once again, as ever, "cultivating an awareness of feelings is crucial because many habitual reactive patterns are triggered as much by these subjective bodily affects ...

  • Dave
    Aug 11, 2017

    It would be a mistake to cast Stephen Batchelor as Buddhism?s version of Harris, Hitchens, or Dawkins. Unlike the so-called New Atheists, his objective is not to destroy or ridicule but rather to reclaim the Buddha?s teachings from metaphysical distractions grafted on throughout Bu...

    There is something strange about a ?Secular Buddhism? that is self-consciously modern, non-dogmatic, that purports to be a scientifically and critically informed Buddhism, and which harks back 2,500 years to the ?true? words of the Master. Yet this is what Stephen Batchelor see...

    I learned a thing or two about the Buddha, that's for sure. For one, I always thought he was top-drawer royalty, when really he was no big deal in the royal flush of lineages of India in his day. I also learned that the famous story of his striking out from the royal grounds and discov...

    With his latest book, After Buddhism, renowned scholar Stephen Batchelor continues to expand his vision for a ?secular Buddhism?, a project he began nearly twenty years ago in his 1997 book Buddhism Without Beliefs. In that groundbreaking book, he sounded an urgent alarm about what...

    180916: this is a very interesting take on buddhism. at the beginning the author describes in his project, a desire to update buddhism of several religious interpretations with a secular understanding, born of the 2 500 years since gotama buddha is said to have lived. this is a noble i...

    For the past couple of years I've been reading books about Secular Buddhism. I'll post reviews of some of those books soon. This one is the latest by Stephen Batchelor, a Buddhist who has trained in various traditional forms of Buddhism over the past 40 years, but after long reflection...

    This was for me an exceptionally enlightening (pun intended) and enjoyable read--and listen: for parts of the book, I listened to parts of the iBooks audiobook narrated by the author and found his voice and tone to be suggestive of both care (with proper enunciation, pronunciation, and...

    One of the better books on Buddhism that I've read and almost as useful and thought-provoking as Nichtern's ROAD HOME. Once again, as ever, "cultivating an awareness of feelings is crucial because many habitual reactive patterns are triggered as much by these subjective bodily affects ...

    Phenomenal (in all senses of the term). I?m on board with Batchelor: Buddhism as a pragmatic ethics rather than metaphysics is the way to go. ...

    A wonderfully lucid exploration of Stephen Batchelor?s Secular Buddhism - that is, Buddhism for atheists and existentialists. Putting the question of sanctioned doctrinal interpretation to one side (some of Batchelor?s translations and interpretations are contentious), this is a...

    Buddha died after a bout of bloody diarrhea, but Buddhists don?t wear red stool around their necks. Otherwise, the religion that developed after the Buddha?s death shares many qualities with Christianity: conservative, staid and dogmatic. In his new book, AFTER BUDDHISM: RETHINKING...

    GOOD. Good. Actually, kind of a slog in the beginning. The first 50% of the book was a slog for me - I really struggled, ho jeez. 1-star start. But a 4-star end, really. I think I needed time to get into this: this is a DENSE book, it requires deep engagement, and that can be hard when...

    Like Mr. Wright (see ?Why Buddhism is True?), Mr. Batchelor has trouble with ?no self.? (Successful people have trouble giving up the ego. Imagine that.) Please see page 196 for Mr. Batchelor?s take on the issue. What I think is most important in his argument is his assertion...

    This sentence from the publisher?s description puts it well: ?Combining critical readings of the earliest canonical texts with narrative accounts of five of the Buddha?s inner circle, Batchelor depicts the Buddha as a pragmatic ethicist rather than a dogmatic metaphysician.? I ...

    The author managed to make a potentially intriguing thesis into a tedious exercise in retelling legendary narratives of Buddhism. I fail to see how spending entire chapters recounting the biographies of various Buddhist saints aimed to achieve his thesis of promoting a secular Buddhism...

    Absolutely fantastic. One of the best books I have ever read. Secular Buddhism the way Batchelor explains it is crystal clear and its implications are profound. If you are interested in buddhist philosophy without dogmas this is a great place to start. ...

    I rated this book four stars when I was part way through it then changed it to five once I finished. The structure is tough at first because it seems all over the place. But the end brings it all together so perfectly and connects it all with such clarity. Amazing. ...

    Sometimes a difficult and dense read, but so full of giant nuggets of wisdom. ...

    Who am I to tell Stephen Batchelor what to think? I discovered Buddha in 1961 or 62 when I equally read the Bible, Shakespeare, Thomas Mann, Buddha, Marc and Engels, Lenin and even a little bit of Mao Zedong, not to speak of many other things and works like books on mathematical logic ...

    My rather faint and dilettantish interest in Buddhism has in recent years grown more serious, inspired in part by being seriously ill and unable to practice yoga as I used to, forcing me to turn to meditation instead. So I guess the people who believe that yoga is a gateway practice to...

    The core of Buddhism is a teaching by one man, Gautama Siddharta. All the rest is ?religion?: dogma?s, rituals, fantasy stories and shiploads of incense sticks. What if you would cut that all away, though? That is what Stephen Batchelor is after in ?After Buddhism?, which I f...

    Illuminating I have been interested in buddhism since my late teens (I am now 60) and I found this book to resonate strongly with my earliest intuitive understanding of the essence of this religion as well as confirming a number of ideas that I have had about its metaphysical origin...

    "To embrace life with comprehension involves coping. It has more to do with how we get about, deal with conflicts, realize possibilities, and engage with others than with acquiring knowledge of the nature of the mind or reality. Comprehension requires the opposite of aloofness; it requ...

    Batchelor's goal is to get back to the historical Buddha by reading the foundational text anew and stripping out the cultural layers that were added to Buddhism following the death of Gotama. What is left is a pragmatic way of living that is not dependent on a belief in an almighty God...

  • Maughn Gregory
    Jul 18, 2019

    It would be a mistake to cast Stephen Batchelor as Buddhism?s version of Harris, Hitchens, or Dawkins. Unlike the so-called New Atheists, his objective is not to destroy or ridicule but rather to reclaim the Buddha?s teachings from metaphysical distractions grafted on throughout Bu...

    There is something strange about a ?Secular Buddhism? that is self-consciously modern, non-dogmatic, that purports to be a scientifically and critically informed Buddhism, and which harks back 2,500 years to the ?true? words of the Master. Yet this is what Stephen Batchelor see...

    I learned a thing or two about the Buddha, that's for sure. For one, I always thought he was top-drawer royalty, when really he was no big deal in the royal flush of lineages of India in his day. I also learned that the famous story of his striking out from the royal grounds and discov...

    With his latest book, After Buddhism, renowned scholar Stephen Batchelor continues to expand his vision for a ?secular Buddhism?, a project he began nearly twenty years ago in his 1997 book Buddhism Without Beliefs. In that groundbreaking book, he sounded an urgent alarm about what...

    180916: this is a very interesting take on buddhism. at the beginning the author describes in his project, a desire to update buddhism of several religious interpretations with a secular understanding, born of the 2 500 years since gotama buddha is said to have lived. this is a noble i...

    For the past couple of years I've been reading books about Secular Buddhism. I'll post reviews of some of those books soon. This one is the latest by Stephen Batchelor, a Buddhist who has trained in various traditional forms of Buddhism over the past 40 years, but after long reflection...

    This was for me an exceptionally enlightening (pun intended) and enjoyable read--and listen: for parts of the book, I listened to parts of the iBooks audiobook narrated by the author and found his voice and tone to be suggestive of both care (with proper enunciation, pronunciation, and...

    One of the better books on Buddhism that I've read and almost as useful and thought-provoking as Nichtern's ROAD HOME. Once again, as ever, "cultivating an awareness of feelings is crucial because many habitual reactive patterns are triggered as much by these subjective bodily affects ...

    Phenomenal (in all senses of the term). I?m on board with Batchelor: Buddhism as a pragmatic ethics rather than metaphysics is the way to go. ...

    A wonderfully lucid exploration of Stephen Batchelor?s Secular Buddhism - that is, Buddhism for atheists and existentialists. Putting the question of sanctioned doctrinal interpretation to one side (some of Batchelor?s translations and interpretations are contentious), this is a...

    Buddha died after a bout of bloody diarrhea, but Buddhists don?t wear red stool around their necks. Otherwise, the religion that developed after the Buddha?s death shares many qualities with Christianity: conservative, staid and dogmatic. In his new book, AFTER BUDDHISM: RETHINKING...

    GOOD. Good. Actually, kind of a slog in the beginning. The first 50% of the book was a slog for me - I really struggled, ho jeez. 1-star start. But a 4-star end, really. I think I needed time to get into this: this is a DENSE book, it requires deep engagement, and that can be hard when...

    Like Mr. Wright (see ?Why Buddhism is True?), Mr. Batchelor has trouble with ?no self.? (Successful people have trouble giving up the ego. Imagine that.) Please see page 196 for Mr. Batchelor?s take on the issue. What I think is most important in his argument is his assertion...

    This sentence from the publisher?s description puts it well: ?Combining critical readings of the earliest canonical texts with narrative accounts of five of the Buddha?s inner circle, Batchelor depicts the Buddha as a pragmatic ethicist rather than a dogmatic metaphysician.? I ...

    The author managed to make a potentially intriguing thesis into a tedious exercise in retelling legendary narratives of Buddhism. I fail to see how spending entire chapters recounting the biographies of various Buddhist saints aimed to achieve his thesis of promoting a secular Buddhism...

    Absolutely fantastic. One of the best books I have ever read. Secular Buddhism the way Batchelor explains it is crystal clear and its implications are profound. If you are interested in buddhist philosophy without dogmas this is a great place to start. ...

    I rated this book four stars when I was part way through it then changed it to five once I finished. The structure is tough at first because it seems all over the place. But the end brings it all together so perfectly and connects it all with such clarity. Amazing. ...

    Sometimes a difficult and dense read, but so full of giant nuggets of wisdom. ...

    Who am I to tell Stephen Batchelor what to think? I discovered Buddha in 1961 or 62 when I equally read the Bible, Shakespeare, Thomas Mann, Buddha, Marc and Engels, Lenin and even a little bit of Mao Zedong, not to speak of many other things and works like books on mathematical logic ...

    My rather faint and dilettantish interest in Buddhism has in recent years grown more serious, inspired in part by being seriously ill and unable to practice yoga as I used to, forcing me to turn to meditation instead. So I guess the people who believe that yoga is a gateway practice to...

    The core of Buddhism is a teaching by one man, Gautama Siddharta. All the rest is ?religion?: dogma?s, rituals, fantasy stories and shiploads of incense sticks. What if you would cut that all away, though? That is what Stephen Batchelor is after in ?After Buddhism?, which I f...

    Illuminating I have been interested in buddhism since my late teens (I am now 60) and I found this book to resonate strongly with my earliest intuitive understanding of the essence of this religion as well as confirming a number of ideas that I have had about its metaphysical origin...

    "To embrace life with comprehension involves coping. It has more to do with how we get about, deal with conflicts, realize possibilities, and engage with others than with acquiring knowledge of the nature of the mind or reality. Comprehension requires the opposite of aloofness; it requ...

  • Michael
    Sep 18, 2016

    It would be a mistake to cast Stephen Batchelor as Buddhism?s version of Harris, Hitchens, or Dawkins. Unlike the so-called New Atheists, his objective is not to destroy or ridicule but rather to reclaim the Buddha?s teachings from metaphysical distractions grafted on throughout Bu...

    There is something strange about a ?Secular Buddhism? that is self-consciously modern, non-dogmatic, that purports to be a scientifically and critically informed Buddhism, and which harks back 2,500 years to the ?true? words of the Master. Yet this is what Stephen Batchelor see...

    I learned a thing or two about the Buddha, that's for sure. For one, I always thought he was top-drawer royalty, when really he was no big deal in the royal flush of lineages of India in his day. I also learned that the famous story of his striking out from the royal grounds and discov...

    With his latest book, After Buddhism, renowned scholar Stephen Batchelor continues to expand his vision for a ?secular Buddhism?, a project he began nearly twenty years ago in his 1997 book Buddhism Without Beliefs. In that groundbreaking book, he sounded an urgent alarm about what...

    180916: this is a very interesting take on buddhism. at the beginning the author describes in his project, a desire to update buddhism of several religious interpretations with a secular understanding, born of the 2 500 years since gotama buddha is said to have lived. this is a noble i...

  • Angela
    Apr 25, 2018

    It would be a mistake to cast Stephen Batchelor as Buddhism?s version of Harris, Hitchens, or Dawkins. Unlike the so-called New Atheists, his objective is not to destroy or ridicule but rather to reclaim the Buddha?s teachings from metaphysical distractions grafted on throughout Bu...

    There is something strange about a ?Secular Buddhism? that is self-consciously modern, non-dogmatic, that purports to be a scientifically and critically informed Buddhism, and which harks back 2,500 years to the ?true? words of the Master. Yet this is what Stephen Batchelor see...

    I learned a thing or two about the Buddha, that's for sure. For one, I always thought he was top-drawer royalty, when really he was no big deal in the royal flush of lineages of India in his day. I also learned that the famous story of his striking out from the royal grounds and discov...

    With his latest book, After Buddhism, renowned scholar Stephen Batchelor continues to expand his vision for a ?secular Buddhism?, a project he began nearly twenty years ago in his 1997 book Buddhism Without Beliefs. In that groundbreaking book, he sounded an urgent alarm about what...

    180916: this is a very interesting take on buddhism. at the beginning the author describes in his project, a desire to update buddhism of several religious interpretations with a secular understanding, born of the 2 500 years since gotama buddha is said to have lived. this is a noble i...

    For the past couple of years I've been reading books about Secular Buddhism. I'll post reviews of some of those books soon. This one is the latest by Stephen Batchelor, a Buddhist who has trained in various traditional forms of Buddhism over the past 40 years, but after long reflection...

    This was for me an exceptionally enlightening (pun intended) and enjoyable read--and listen: for parts of the book, I listened to parts of the iBooks audiobook narrated by the author and found his voice and tone to be suggestive of both care (with proper enunciation, pronunciation, and...

    One of the better books on Buddhism that I've read and almost as useful and thought-provoking as Nichtern's ROAD HOME. Once again, as ever, "cultivating an awareness of feelings is crucial because many habitual reactive patterns are triggered as much by these subjective bodily affects ...

    Phenomenal (in all senses of the term). I?m on board with Batchelor: Buddhism as a pragmatic ethics rather than metaphysics is the way to go. ...

    A wonderfully lucid exploration of Stephen Batchelor?s Secular Buddhism - that is, Buddhism for atheists and existentialists. Putting the question of sanctioned doctrinal interpretation to one side (some of Batchelor?s translations and interpretations are contentious), this is a...

    Buddha died after a bout of bloody diarrhea, but Buddhists don?t wear red stool around their necks. Otherwise, the religion that developed after the Buddha?s death shares many qualities with Christianity: conservative, staid and dogmatic. In his new book, AFTER BUDDHISM: RETHINKING...

    GOOD. Good. Actually, kind of a slog in the beginning. The first 50% of the book was a slog for me - I really struggled, ho jeez. 1-star start. But a 4-star end, really. I think I needed time to get into this: this is a DENSE book, it requires deep engagement, and that can be hard when...

  • Roger Morris
    Sep 07, 2017

    It would be a mistake to cast Stephen Batchelor as Buddhism?s version of Harris, Hitchens, or Dawkins. Unlike the so-called New Atheists, his objective is not to destroy or ridicule but rather to reclaim the Buddha?s teachings from metaphysical distractions grafted on throughout Bu...

    There is something strange about a ?Secular Buddhism? that is self-consciously modern, non-dogmatic, that purports to be a scientifically and critically informed Buddhism, and which harks back 2,500 years to the ?true? words of the Master. Yet this is what Stephen Batchelor see...

    I learned a thing or two about the Buddha, that's for sure. For one, I always thought he was top-drawer royalty, when really he was no big deal in the royal flush of lineages of India in his day. I also learned that the famous story of his striking out from the royal grounds and discov...

    With his latest book, After Buddhism, renowned scholar Stephen Batchelor continues to expand his vision for a ?secular Buddhism?, a project he began nearly twenty years ago in his 1997 book Buddhism Without Beliefs. In that groundbreaking book, he sounded an urgent alarm about what...

    180916: this is a very interesting take on buddhism. at the beginning the author describes in his project, a desire to update buddhism of several religious interpretations with a secular understanding, born of the 2 500 years since gotama buddha is said to have lived. this is a noble i...

    For the past couple of years I've been reading books about Secular Buddhism. I'll post reviews of some of those books soon. This one is the latest by Stephen Batchelor, a Buddhist who has trained in various traditional forms of Buddhism over the past 40 years, but after long reflection...

    This was for me an exceptionally enlightening (pun intended) and enjoyable read--and listen: for parts of the book, I listened to parts of the iBooks audiobook narrated by the author and found his voice and tone to be suggestive of both care (with proper enunciation, pronunciation, and...

    One of the better books on Buddhism that I've read and almost as useful and thought-provoking as Nichtern's ROAD HOME. Once again, as ever, "cultivating an awareness of feelings is crucial because many habitual reactive patterns are triggered as much by these subjective bodily affects ...

    Phenomenal (in all senses of the term). I?m on board with Batchelor: Buddhism as a pragmatic ethics rather than metaphysics is the way to go. ...

    A wonderfully lucid exploration of Stephen Batchelor?s Secular Buddhism - that is, Buddhism for atheists and existentialists. Putting the question of sanctioned doctrinal interpretation to one side (some of Batchelor?s translations and interpretations are contentious), this is a...

    Buddha died after a bout of bloody diarrhea, but Buddhists don?t wear red stool around their necks. Otherwise, the religion that developed after the Buddha?s death shares many qualities with Christianity: conservative, staid and dogmatic. In his new book, AFTER BUDDHISM: RETHINKING...

    GOOD. Good. Actually, kind of a slog in the beginning. The first 50% of the book was a slog for me - I really struggled, ho jeez. 1-star start. But a 4-star end, really. I think I needed time to get into this: this is a DENSE book, it requires deep engagement, and that can be hard when...

    Like Mr. Wright (see ?Why Buddhism is True?), Mr. Batchelor has trouble with ?no self.? (Successful people have trouble giving up the ego. Imagine that.) Please see page 196 for Mr. Batchelor?s take on the issue. What I think is most important in his argument is his assertion...

    This sentence from the publisher?s description puts it well: ?Combining critical readings of the earliest canonical texts with narrative accounts of five of the Buddha?s inner circle, Batchelor depicts the Buddha as a pragmatic ethicist rather than a dogmatic metaphysician.? I ...

    The author managed to make a potentially intriguing thesis into a tedious exercise in retelling legendary narratives of Buddhism. I fail to see how spending entire chapters recounting the biographies of various Buddhist saints aimed to achieve his thesis of promoting a secular Buddhism...

  • Lachlan
    May 08, 2019

    It would be a mistake to cast Stephen Batchelor as Buddhism?s version of Harris, Hitchens, or Dawkins. Unlike the so-called New Atheists, his objective is not to destroy or ridicule but rather to reclaim the Buddha?s teachings from metaphysical distractions grafted on throughout Bu...

    There is something strange about a ?Secular Buddhism? that is self-consciously modern, non-dogmatic, that purports to be a scientifically and critically informed Buddhism, and which harks back 2,500 years to the ?true? words of the Master. Yet this is what Stephen Batchelor see...

    I learned a thing or two about the Buddha, that's for sure. For one, I always thought he was top-drawer royalty, when really he was no big deal in the royal flush of lineages of India in his day. I also learned that the famous story of his striking out from the royal grounds and discov...

    With his latest book, After Buddhism, renowned scholar Stephen Batchelor continues to expand his vision for a ?secular Buddhism?, a project he began nearly twenty years ago in his 1997 book Buddhism Without Beliefs. In that groundbreaking book, he sounded an urgent alarm about what...

    180916: this is a very interesting take on buddhism. at the beginning the author describes in his project, a desire to update buddhism of several religious interpretations with a secular understanding, born of the 2 500 years since gotama buddha is said to have lived. this is a noble i...

    For the past couple of years I've been reading books about Secular Buddhism. I'll post reviews of some of those books soon. This one is the latest by Stephen Batchelor, a Buddhist who has trained in various traditional forms of Buddhism over the past 40 years, but after long reflection...

    This was for me an exceptionally enlightening (pun intended) and enjoyable read--and listen: for parts of the book, I listened to parts of the iBooks audiobook narrated by the author and found his voice and tone to be suggestive of both care (with proper enunciation, pronunciation, and...

    One of the better books on Buddhism that I've read and almost as useful and thought-provoking as Nichtern's ROAD HOME. Once again, as ever, "cultivating an awareness of feelings is crucial because many habitual reactive patterns are triggered as much by these subjective bodily affects ...

    Phenomenal (in all senses of the term). I?m on board with Batchelor: Buddhism as a pragmatic ethics rather than metaphysics is the way to go. ...

    A wonderfully lucid exploration of Stephen Batchelor?s Secular Buddhism - that is, Buddhism for atheists and existentialists. Putting the question of sanctioned doctrinal interpretation to one side (some of Batchelor?s translations and interpretations are contentious), this is a...

  • Frank
    Apr 28, 2018

    It would be a mistake to cast Stephen Batchelor as Buddhism?s version of Harris, Hitchens, or Dawkins. Unlike the so-called New Atheists, his objective is not to destroy or ridicule but rather to reclaim the Buddha?s teachings from metaphysical distractions grafted on throughout Bu...

    There is something strange about a ?Secular Buddhism? that is self-consciously modern, non-dogmatic, that purports to be a scientifically and critically informed Buddhism, and which harks back 2,500 years to the ?true? words of the Master. Yet this is what Stephen Batchelor see...

    I learned a thing or two about the Buddha, that's for sure. For one, I always thought he was top-drawer royalty, when really he was no big deal in the royal flush of lineages of India in his day. I also learned that the famous story of his striking out from the royal grounds and discov...

    With his latest book, After Buddhism, renowned scholar Stephen Batchelor continues to expand his vision for a ?secular Buddhism?, a project he began nearly twenty years ago in his 1997 book Buddhism Without Beliefs. In that groundbreaking book, he sounded an urgent alarm about what...

    180916: this is a very interesting take on buddhism. at the beginning the author describes in his project, a desire to update buddhism of several religious interpretations with a secular understanding, born of the 2 500 years since gotama buddha is said to have lived. this is a noble i...

    For the past couple of years I've been reading books about Secular Buddhism. I'll post reviews of some of those books soon. This one is the latest by Stephen Batchelor, a Buddhist who has trained in various traditional forms of Buddhism over the past 40 years, but after long reflection...

    This was for me an exceptionally enlightening (pun intended) and enjoyable read--and listen: for parts of the book, I listened to parts of the iBooks audiobook narrated by the author and found his voice and tone to be suggestive of both care (with proper enunciation, pronunciation, and...

    One of the better books on Buddhism that I've read and almost as useful and thought-provoking as Nichtern's ROAD HOME. Once again, as ever, "cultivating an awareness of feelings is crucial because many habitual reactive patterns are triggered as much by these subjective bodily affects ...

    Phenomenal (in all senses of the term). I?m on board with Batchelor: Buddhism as a pragmatic ethics rather than metaphysics is the way to go. ...

    A wonderfully lucid exploration of Stephen Batchelor?s Secular Buddhism - that is, Buddhism for atheists and existentialists. Putting the question of sanctioned doctrinal interpretation to one side (some of Batchelor?s translations and interpretations are contentious), this is a...

    Buddha died after a bout of bloody diarrhea, but Buddhists don?t wear red stool around their necks. Otherwise, the religion that developed after the Buddha?s death shares many qualities with Christianity: conservative, staid and dogmatic. In his new book, AFTER BUDDHISM: RETHINKING...

    GOOD. Good. Actually, kind of a slog in the beginning. The first 50% of the book was a slog for me - I really struggled, ho jeez. 1-star start. But a 4-star end, really. I think I needed time to get into this: this is a DENSE book, it requires deep engagement, and that can be hard when...

    Like Mr. Wright (see ?Why Buddhism is True?), Mr. Batchelor has trouble with ?no self.? (Successful people have trouble giving up the ego. Imagine that.) Please see page 196 for Mr. Batchelor?s take on the issue. What I think is most important in his argument is his assertion...

    This sentence from the publisher?s description puts it well: ?Combining critical readings of the earliest canonical texts with narrative accounts of five of the Buddha?s inner circle, Batchelor depicts the Buddha as a pragmatic ethicist rather than a dogmatic metaphysician.? I ...

    The author managed to make a potentially intriguing thesis into a tedious exercise in retelling legendary narratives of Buddhism. I fail to see how spending entire chapters recounting the biographies of various Buddhist saints aimed to achieve his thesis of promoting a secular Buddhism...

    Absolutely fantastic. One of the best books I have ever read. Secular Buddhism the way Batchelor explains it is crystal clear and its implications are profound. If you are interested in buddhist philosophy without dogmas this is a great place to start. ...

    I rated this book four stars when I was part way through it then changed it to five once I finished. The structure is tough at first because it seems all over the place. But the end brings it all together so perfectly and connects it all with such clarity. Amazing. ...

    Sometimes a difficult and dense read, but so full of giant nuggets of wisdom. ...

    Who am I to tell Stephen Batchelor what to think? I discovered Buddha in 1961 or 62 when I equally read the Bible, Shakespeare, Thomas Mann, Buddha, Marc and Engels, Lenin and even a little bit of Mao Zedong, not to speak of many other things and works like books on mathematical logic ...

    My rather faint and dilettantish interest in Buddhism has in recent years grown more serious, inspired in part by being seriously ill and unable to practice yoga as I used to, forcing me to turn to meditation instead. So I guess the people who believe that yoga is a gateway practice to...

    The core of Buddhism is a teaching by one man, Gautama Siddharta. All the rest is ?religion?: dogma?s, rituals, fantasy stories and shiploads of incense sticks. What if you would cut that all away, though? That is what Stephen Batchelor is after in ?After Buddhism?, which I f...

    Illuminating I have been interested in buddhism since my late teens (I am now 60) and I found this book to resonate strongly with my earliest intuitive understanding of the essence of this religion as well as confirming a number of ideas that I have had about its metaphysical origin...

  • John Jr.
    Dec 23, 2016

    It would be a mistake to cast Stephen Batchelor as Buddhism?s version of Harris, Hitchens, or Dawkins. Unlike the so-called New Atheists, his objective is not to destroy or ridicule but rather to reclaim the Buddha?s teachings from metaphysical distractions grafted on throughout Bu...

    There is something strange about a ?Secular Buddhism? that is self-consciously modern, non-dogmatic, that purports to be a scientifically and critically informed Buddhism, and which harks back 2,500 years to the ?true? words of the Master. Yet this is what Stephen Batchelor see...

    I learned a thing or two about the Buddha, that's for sure. For one, I always thought he was top-drawer royalty, when really he was no big deal in the royal flush of lineages of India in his day. I also learned that the famous story of his striking out from the royal grounds and discov...

    With his latest book, After Buddhism, renowned scholar Stephen Batchelor continues to expand his vision for a ?secular Buddhism?, a project he began nearly twenty years ago in his 1997 book Buddhism Without Beliefs. In that groundbreaking book, he sounded an urgent alarm about what...

    180916: this is a very interesting take on buddhism. at the beginning the author describes in his project, a desire to update buddhism of several religious interpretations with a secular understanding, born of the 2 500 years since gotama buddha is said to have lived. this is a noble i...

    For the past couple of years I've been reading books about Secular Buddhism. I'll post reviews of some of those books soon. This one is the latest by Stephen Batchelor, a Buddhist who has trained in various traditional forms of Buddhism over the past 40 years, but after long reflection...

    This was for me an exceptionally enlightening (pun intended) and enjoyable read--and listen: for parts of the book, I listened to parts of the iBooks audiobook narrated by the author and found his voice and tone to be suggestive of both care (with proper enunciation, pronunciation, and...

    One of the better books on Buddhism that I've read and almost as useful and thought-provoking as Nichtern's ROAD HOME. Once again, as ever, "cultivating an awareness of feelings is crucial because many habitual reactive patterns are triggered as much by these subjective bodily affects ...

    Phenomenal (in all senses of the term). I?m on board with Batchelor: Buddhism as a pragmatic ethics rather than metaphysics is the way to go. ...

    A wonderfully lucid exploration of Stephen Batchelor?s Secular Buddhism - that is, Buddhism for atheists and existentialists. Putting the question of sanctioned doctrinal interpretation to one side (some of Batchelor?s translations and interpretations are contentious), this is a...

    Buddha died after a bout of bloody diarrhea, but Buddhists don?t wear red stool around their necks. Otherwise, the religion that developed after the Buddha?s death shares many qualities with Christianity: conservative, staid and dogmatic. In his new book, AFTER BUDDHISM: RETHINKING...

    GOOD. Good. Actually, kind of a slog in the beginning. The first 50% of the book was a slog for me - I really struggled, ho jeez. 1-star start. But a 4-star end, really. I think I needed time to get into this: this is a DENSE book, it requires deep engagement, and that can be hard when...

    Like Mr. Wright (see ?Why Buddhism is True?), Mr. Batchelor has trouble with ?no self.? (Successful people have trouble giving up the ego. Imagine that.) Please see page 196 for Mr. Batchelor?s take on the issue. What I think is most important in his argument is his assertion...

    This sentence from the publisher?s description puts it well: ?Combining critical readings of the earliest canonical texts with narrative accounts of five of the Buddha?s inner circle, Batchelor depicts the Buddha as a pragmatic ethicist rather than a dogmatic metaphysician.? I ...

  • Zachary Flessert
    Apr 13, 2019

    It would be a mistake to cast Stephen Batchelor as Buddhism?s version of Harris, Hitchens, or Dawkins. Unlike the so-called New Atheists, his objective is not to destroy or ridicule but rather to reclaim the Buddha?s teachings from metaphysical distractions grafted on throughout Bu...

    There is something strange about a ?Secular Buddhism? that is self-consciously modern, non-dogmatic, that purports to be a scientifically and critically informed Buddhism, and which harks back 2,500 years to the ?true? words of the Master. Yet this is what Stephen Batchelor see...

    I learned a thing or two about the Buddha, that's for sure. For one, I always thought he was top-drawer royalty, when really he was no big deal in the royal flush of lineages of India in his day. I also learned that the famous story of his striking out from the royal grounds and discov...

    With his latest book, After Buddhism, renowned scholar Stephen Batchelor continues to expand his vision for a ?secular Buddhism?, a project he began nearly twenty years ago in his 1997 book Buddhism Without Beliefs. In that groundbreaking book, he sounded an urgent alarm about what...

    180916: this is a very interesting take on buddhism. at the beginning the author describes in his project, a desire to update buddhism of several religious interpretations with a secular understanding, born of the 2 500 years since gotama buddha is said to have lived. this is a noble i...

    For the past couple of years I've been reading books about Secular Buddhism. I'll post reviews of some of those books soon. This one is the latest by Stephen Batchelor, a Buddhist who has trained in various traditional forms of Buddhism over the past 40 years, but after long reflection...

    This was for me an exceptionally enlightening (pun intended) and enjoyable read--and listen: for parts of the book, I listened to parts of the iBooks audiobook narrated by the author and found his voice and tone to be suggestive of both care (with proper enunciation, pronunciation, and...

    One of the better books on Buddhism that I've read and almost as useful and thought-provoking as Nichtern's ROAD HOME. Once again, as ever, "cultivating an awareness of feelings is crucial because many habitual reactive patterns are triggered as much by these subjective bodily affects ...

    Phenomenal (in all senses of the term). I?m on board with Batchelor: Buddhism as a pragmatic ethics rather than metaphysics is the way to go. ...

    A wonderfully lucid exploration of Stephen Batchelor?s Secular Buddhism - that is, Buddhism for atheists and existentialists. Putting the question of sanctioned doctrinal interpretation to one side (some of Batchelor?s translations and interpretations are contentious), this is a...

    Buddha died after a bout of bloody diarrhea, but Buddhists don?t wear red stool around their necks. Otherwise, the religion that developed after the Buddha?s death shares many qualities with Christianity: conservative, staid and dogmatic. In his new book, AFTER BUDDHISM: RETHINKING...

    GOOD. Good. Actually, kind of a slog in the beginning. The first 50% of the book was a slog for me - I really struggled, ho jeez. 1-star start. But a 4-star end, really. I think I needed time to get into this: this is a DENSE book, it requires deep engagement, and that can be hard when...

    Like Mr. Wright (see ?Why Buddhism is True?), Mr. Batchelor has trouble with ?no self.? (Successful people have trouble giving up the ego. Imagine that.) Please see page 196 for Mr. Batchelor?s take on the issue. What I think is most important in his argument is his assertion...

    This sentence from the publisher?s description puts it well: ?Combining critical readings of the earliest canonical texts with narrative accounts of five of the Buddha?s inner circle, Batchelor depicts the Buddha as a pragmatic ethicist rather than a dogmatic metaphysician.? I ...

    The author managed to make a potentially intriguing thesis into a tedious exercise in retelling legendary narratives of Buddhism. I fail to see how spending entire chapters recounting the biographies of various Buddhist saints aimed to achieve his thesis of promoting a secular Buddhism...

    Absolutely fantastic. One of the best books I have ever read. Secular Buddhism the way Batchelor explains it is crystal clear and its implications are profound. If you are interested in buddhist philosophy without dogmas this is a great place to start. ...

    I rated this book four stars when I was part way through it then changed it to five once I finished. The structure is tough at first because it seems all over the place. But the end brings it all together so perfectly and connects it all with such clarity. Amazing. ...

    Sometimes a difficult and dense read, but so full of giant nuggets of wisdom. ...

    Who am I to tell Stephen Batchelor what to think? I discovered Buddha in 1961 or 62 when I equally read the Bible, Shakespeare, Thomas Mann, Buddha, Marc and Engels, Lenin and even a little bit of Mao Zedong, not to speak of many other things and works like books on mathematical logic ...

    My rather faint and dilettantish interest in Buddhism has in recent years grown more serious, inspired in part by being seriously ill and unable to practice yoga as I used to, forcing me to turn to meditation instead. So I guess the people who believe that yoga is a gateway practice to...

    The core of Buddhism is a teaching by one man, Gautama Siddharta. All the rest is ?religion?: dogma?s, rituals, fantasy stories and shiploads of incense sticks. What if you would cut that all away, though? That is what Stephen Batchelor is after in ?After Buddhism?, which I f...

    Illuminating I have been interested in buddhism since my late teens (I am now 60) and I found this book to resonate strongly with my earliest intuitive understanding of the essence of this religion as well as confirming a number of ideas that I have had about its metaphysical origin...

    "To embrace life with comprehension involves coping. It has more to do with how we get about, deal with conflicts, realize possibilities, and engage with others than with acquiring knowledge of the nature of the mind or reality. Comprehension requires the opposite of aloofness; it requ...

    Batchelor's goal is to get back to the historical Buddha by reading the foundational text anew and stripping out the cultural layers that were added to Buddhism following the death of Gotama. What is left is a pragmatic way of living that is not dependent on a belief in an almighty God...

    This book is a starting point for the hammering out of the philosophical foundation of secular buddhism. By alternating in chapters that investigate the lives of Gotama and his followers, Batchelor writes a book that is critical and analytical of the source text material (particularly ...

  • E.P.
    Jan 13, 2018

    It would be a mistake to cast Stephen Batchelor as Buddhism?s version of Harris, Hitchens, or Dawkins. Unlike the so-called New Atheists, his objective is not to destroy or ridicule but rather to reclaim the Buddha?s teachings from metaphysical distractions grafted on throughout Bu...

    There is something strange about a ?Secular Buddhism? that is self-consciously modern, non-dogmatic, that purports to be a scientifically and critically informed Buddhism, and which harks back 2,500 years to the ?true? words of the Master. Yet this is what Stephen Batchelor see...

    I learned a thing or two about the Buddha, that's for sure. For one, I always thought he was top-drawer royalty, when really he was no big deal in the royal flush of lineages of India in his day. I also learned that the famous story of his striking out from the royal grounds and discov...

    With his latest book, After Buddhism, renowned scholar Stephen Batchelor continues to expand his vision for a ?secular Buddhism?, a project he began nearly twenty years ago in his 1997 book Buddhism Without Beliefs. In that groundbreaking book, he sounded an urgent alarm about what...

    180916: this is a very interesting take on buddhism. at the beginning the author describes in his project, a desire to update buddhism of several religious interpretations with a secular understanding, born of the 2 500 years since gotama buddha is said to have lived. this is a noble i...

    For the past couple of years I've been reading books about Secular Buddhism. I'll post reviews of some of those books soon. This one is the latest by Stephen Batchelor, a Buddhist who has trained in various traditional forms of Buddhism over the past 40 years, but after long reflection...

    This was for me an exceptionally enlightening (pun intended) and enjoyable read--and listen: for parts of the book, I listened to parts of the iBooks audiobook narrated by the author and found his voice and tone to be suggestive of both care (with proper enunciation, pronunciation, and...

    One of the better books on Buddhism that I've read and almost as useful and thought-provoking as Nichtern's ROAD HOME. Once again, as ever, "cultivating an awareness of feelings is crucial because many habitual reactive patterns are triggered as much by these subjective bodily affects ...

    Phenomenal (in all senses of the term). I?m on board with Batchelor: Buddhism as a pragmatic ethics rather than metaphysics is the way to go. ...

    A wonderfully lucid exploration of Stephen Batchelor?s Secular Buddhism - that is, Buddhism for atheists and existentialists. Putting the question of sanctioned doctrinal interpretation to one side (some of Batchelor?s translations and interpretations are contentious), this is a...

    Buddha died after a bout of bloody diarrhea, but Buddhists don?t wear red stool around their necks. Otherwise, the religion that developed after the Buddha?s death shares many qualities with Christianity: conservative, staid and dogmatic. In his new book, AFTER BUDDHISM: RETHINKING...

    GOOD. Good. Actually, kind of a slog in the beginning. The first 50% of the book was a slog for me - I really struggled, ho jeez. 1-star start. But a 4-star end, really. I think I needed time to get into this: this is a DENSE book, it requires deep engagement, and that can be hard when...

    Like Mr. Wright (see ?Why Buddhism is True?), Mr. Batchelor has trouble with ?no self.? (Successful people have trouble giving up the ego. Imagine that.) Please see page 196 for Mr. Batchelor?s take on the issue. What I think is most important in his argument is his assertion...

    This sentence from the publisher?s description puts it well: ?Combining critical readings of the earliest canonical texts with narrative accounts of five of the Buddha?s inner circle, Batchelor depicts the Buddha as a pragmatic ethicist rather than a dogmatic metaphysician.? I ...

    The author managed to make a potentially intriguing thesis into a tedious exercise in retelling legendary narratives of Buddhism. I fail to see how spending entire chapters recounting the biographies of various Buddhist saints aimed to achieve his thesis of promoting a secular Buddhism...

    Absolutely fantastic. One of the best books I have ever read. Secular Buddhism the way Batchelor explains it is crystal clear and its implications are profound. If you are interested in buddhist philosophy without dogmas this is a great place to start. ...

    I rated this book four stars when I was part way through it then changed it to five once I finished. The structure is tough at first because it seems all over the place. But the end brings it all together so perfectly and connects it all with such clarity. Amazing. ...

    Sometimes a difficult and dense read, but so full of giant nuggets of wisdom. ...

    Who am I to tell Stephen Batchelor what to think? I discovered Buddha in 1961 or 62 when I equally read the Bible, Shakespeare, Thomas Mann, Buddha, Marc and Engels, Lenin and even a little bit of Mao Zedong, not to speak of many other things and works like books on mathematical logic ...

    My rather faint and dilettantish interest in Buddhism has in recent years grown more serious, inspired in part by being seriously ill and unable to practice yoga as I used to, forcing me to turn to meditation instead. So I guess the people who believe that yoga is a gateway practice to...

  • A
    Oct 23, 2017

    It would be a mistake to cast Stephen Batchelor as Buddhism?s version of Harris, Hitchens, or Dawkins. Unlike the so-called New Atheists, his objective is not to destroy or ridicule but rather to reclaim the Buddha?s teachings from metaphysical distractions grafted on throughout Bu...

    There is something strange about a ?Secular Buddhism? that is self-consciously modern, non-dogmatic, that purports to be a scientifically and critically informed Buddhism, and which harks back 2,500 years to the ?true? words of the Master. Yet this is what Stephen Batchelor see...

    I learned a thing or two about the Buddha, that's for sure. For one, I always thought he was top-drawer royalty, when really he was no big deal in the royal flush of lineages of India in his day. I also learned that the famous story of his striking out from the royal grounds and discov...

    With his latest book, After Buddhism, renowned scholar Stephen Batchelor continues to expand his vision for a ?secular Buddhism?, a project he began nearly twenty years ago in his 1997 book Buddhism Without Beliefs. In that groundbreaking book, he sounded an urgent alarm about what...

    180916: this is a very interesting take on buddhism. at the beginning the author describes in his project, a desire to update buddhism of several religious interpretations with a secular understanding, born of the 2 500 years since gotama buddha is said to have lived. this is a noble i...

    For the past couple of years I've been reading books about Secular Buddhism. I'll post reviews of some of those books soon. This one is the latest by Stephen Batchelor, a Buddhist who has trained in various traditional forms of Buddhism over the past 40 years, but after long reflection...

    This was for me an exceptionally enlightening (pun intended) and enjoyable read--and listen: for parts of the book, I listened to parts of the iBooks audiobook narrated by the author and found his voice and tone to be suggestive of both care (with proper enunciation, pronunciation, and...

    One of the better books on Buddhism that I've read and almost as useful and thought-provoking as Nichtern's ROAD HOME. Once again, as ever, "cultivating an awareness of feelings is crucial because many habitual reactive patterns are triggered as much by these subjective bodily affects ...

    Phenomenal (in all senses of the term). I?m on board with Batchelor: Buddhism as a pragmatic ethics rather than metaphysics is the way to go. ...

    A wonderfully lucid exploration of Stephen Batchelor?s Secular Buddhism - that is, Buddhism for atheists and existentialists. Putting the question of sanctioned doctrinal interpretation to one side (some of Batchelor?s translations and interpretations are contentious), this is a...

    Buddha died after a bout of bloody diarrhea, but Buddhists don?t wear red stool around their necks. Otherwise, the religion that developed after the Buddha?s death shares many qualities with Christianity: conservative, staid and dogmatic. In his new book, AFTER BUDDHISM: RETHINKING...

    GOOD. Good. Actually, kind of a slog in the beginning. The first 50% of the book was a slog for me - I really struggled, ho jeez. 1-star start. But a 4-star end, really. I think I needed time to get into this: this is a DENSE book, it requires deep engagement, and that can be hard when...

    Like Mr. Wright (see ?Why Buddhism is True?), Mr. Batchelor has trouble with ?no self.? (Successful people have trouble giving up the ego. Imagine that.) Please see page 196 for Mr. Batchelor?s take on the issue. What I think is most important in his argument is his assertion...

    This sentence from the publisher?s description puts it well: ?Combining critical readings of the earliest canonical texts with narrative accounts of five of the Buddha?s inner circle, Batchelor depicts the Buddha as a pragmatic ethicist rather than a dogmatic metaphysician.? I ...

    The author managed to make a potentially intriguing thesis into a tedious exercise in retelling legendary narratives of Buddhism. I fail to see how spending entire chapters recounting the biographies of various Buddhist saints aimed to achieve his thesis of promoting a secular Buddhism...

    Absolutely fantastic. One of the best books I have ever read. Secular Buddhism the way Batchelor explains it is crystal clear and its implications are profound. If you are interested in buddhist philosophy without dogmas this is a great place to start. ...

    I rated this book four stars when I was part way through it then changed it to five once I finished. The structure is tough at first because it seems all over the place. But the end brings it all together so perfectly and connects it all with such clarity. Amazing. ...

    Sometimes a difficult and dense read, but so full of giant nuggets of wisdom. ...

    Who am I to tell Stephen Batchelor what to think? I discovered Buddha in 1961 or 62 when I equally read the Bible, Shakespeare, Thomas Mann, Buddha, Marc and Engels, Lenin and even a little bit of Mao Zedong, not to speak of many other things and works like books on mathematical logic ...

    My rather faint and dilettantish interest in Buddhism has in recent years grown more serious, inspired in part by being seriously ill and unable to practice yoga as I used to, forcing me to turn to meditation instead. So I guess the people who believe that yoga is a gateway practice to...

    The core of Buddhism is a teaching by one man, Gautama Siddharta. All the rest is ?religion?: dogma?s, rituals, fantasy stories and shiploads of incense sticks. What if you would cut that all away, though? That is what Stephen Batchelor is after in ?After Buddhism?, which I f...

    Illuminating I have been interested in buddhism since my late teens (I am now 60) and I found this book to resonate strongly with my earliest intuitive understanding of the essence of this religion as well as confirming a number of ideas that I have had about its metaphysical origin...

    "To embrace life with comprehension involves coping. It has more to do with how we get about, deal with conflicts, realize possibilities, and engage with others than with acquiring knowledge of the nature of the mind or reality. Comprehension requires the opposite of aloofness; it requ...

    Batchelor's goal is to get back to the historical Buddha by reading the foundational text anew and stripping out the cultural layers that were added to Buddhism following the death of Gotama. What is left is a pragmatic way of living that is not dependent on a belief in an almighty God...

    This book is a starting point for the hammering out of the philosophical foundation of secular buddhism. By alternating in chapters that investigate the lives of Gotama and his followers, Batchelor writes a book that is critical and analytical of the source text material (particularly ...

    4.5 stars I've read several self-help books on Buddhist thought, but very few of them match the erudition of Batchelor's study of the Pali texts in early Buddhism. To be sure, as other reviewers have noted, there's an assertion of an essential Buddhism in parts of the text that runs...

    I?m a big fan of irony and subverting expectations, especially in an attempt to prove a point. In this work, Stephen Batchelor does a great job of subverting the TITLE. He describes the time Before ?Buddhism?, during Gotama?s life when the lectures and teachings had not yet bee...

  • James
    Mar 11, 2016

    It would be a mistake to cast Stephen Batchelor as Buddhism?s version of Harris, Hitchens, or Dawkins. Unlike the so-called New Atheists, his objective is not to destroy or ridicule but rather to reclaim the Buddha?s teachings from metaphysical distractions grafted on throughout Bu...

    There is something strange about a ?Secular Buddhism? that is self-consciously modern, non-dogmatic, that purports to be a scientifically and critically informed Buddhism, and which harks back 2,500 years to the ?true? words of the Master. Yet this is what Stephen Batchelor see...

  • Tom
    Nov 25, 2015

    It would be a mistake to cast Stephen Batchelor as Buddhism?s version of Harris, Hitchens, or Dawkins. Unlike the so-called New Atheists, his objective is not to destroy or ridicule but rather to reclaim the Buddha?s teachings from metaphysical distractions grafted on throughout Bu...

    There is something strange about a ?Secular Buddhism? that is self-consciously modern, non-dogmatic, that purports to be a scientifically and critically informed Buddhism, and which harks back 2,500 years to the ?true? words of the Master. Yet this is what Stephen Batchelor see...

    I learned a thing or two about the Buddha, that's for sure. For one, I always thought he was top-drawer royalty, when really he was no big deal in the royal flush of lineages of India in his day. I also learned that the famous story of his striking out from the royal grounds and discov...

    With his latest book, After Buddhism, renowned scholar Stephen Batchelor continues to expand his vision for a ?secular Buddhism?, a project he began nearly twenty years ago in his 1997 book Buddhism Without Beliefs. In that groundbreaking book, he sounded an urgent alarm about what...

  • Chris
    Dec 03, 2015

    It would be a mistake to cast Stephen Batchelor as Buddhism?s version of Harris, Hitchens, or Dawkins. Unlike the so-called New Atheists, his objective is not to destroy or ridicule but rather to reclaim the Buddha?s teachings from metaphysical distractions grafted on throughout Bu...

    There is something strange about a ?Secular Buddhism? that is self-consciously modern, non-dogmatic, that purports to be a scientifically and critically informed Buddhism, and which harks back 2,500 years to the ?true? words of the Master. Yet this is what Stephen Batchelor see...

    I learned a thing or two about the Buddha, that's for sure. For one, I always thought he was top-drawer royalty, when really he was no big deal in the royal flush of lineages of India in his day. I also learned that the famous story of his striking out from the royal grounds and discov...

    With his latest book, After Buddhism, renowned scholar Stephen Batchelor continues to expand his vision for a ?secular Buddhism?, a project he began nearly twenty years ago in his 1997 book Buddhism Without Beliefs. In that groundbreaking book, he sounded an urgent alarm about what...

    180916: this is a very interesting take on buddhism. at the beginning the author describes in his project, a desire to update buddhism of several religious interpretations with a secular understanding, born of the 2 500 years since gotama buddha is said to have lived. this is a noble i...

    For the past couple of years I've been reading books about Secular Buddhism. I'll post reviews of some of those books soon. This one is the latest by Stephen Batchelor, a Buddhist who has trained in various traditional forms of Buddhism over the past 40 years, but after long reflection...

    This was for me an exceptionally enlightening (pun intended) and enjoyable read--and listen: for parts of the book, I listened to parts of the iBooks audiobook narrated by the author and found his voice and tone to be suggestive of both care (with proper enunciation, pronunciation, and...

    One of the better books on Buddhism that I've read and almost as useful and thought-provoking as Nichtern's ROAD HOME. Once again, as ever, "cultivating an awareness of feelings is crucial because many habitual reactive patterns are triggered as much by these subjective bodily affects ...

    Phenomenal (in all senses of the term). I?m on board with Batchelor: Buddhism as a pragmatic ethics rather than metaphysics is the way to go. ...

    A wonderfully lucid exploration of Stephen Batchelor?s Secular Buddhism - that is, Buddhism for atheists and existentialists. Putting the question of sanctioned doctrinal interpretation to one side (some of Batchelor?s translations and interpretations are contentious), this is a...

    Buddha died after a bout of bloody diarrhea, but Buddhists don?t wear red stool around their necks. Otherwise, the religion that developed after the Buddha?s death shares many qualities with Christianity: conservative, staid and dogmatic. In his new book, AFTER BUDDHISM: RETHINKING...

    GOOD. Good. Actually, kind of a slog in the beginning. The first 50% of the book was a slog for me - I really struggled, ho jeez. 1-star start. But a 4-star end, really. I think I needed time to get into this: this is a DENSE book, it requires deep engagement, and that can be hard when...

    Like Mr. Wright (see ?Why Buddhism is True?), Mr. Batchelor has trouble with ?no self.? (Successful people have trouble giving up the ego. Imagine that.) Please see page 196 for Mr. Batchelor?s take on the issue. What I think is most important in his argument is his assertion...

    This sentence from the publisher?s description puts it well: ?Combining critical readings of the earliest canonical texts with narrative accounts of five of the Buddha?s inner circle, Batchelor depicts the Buddha as a pragmatic ethicist rather than a dogmatic metaphysician.? I ...

    The author managed to make a potentially intriguing thesis into a tedious exercise in retelling legendary narratives of Buddhism. I fail to see how spending entire chapters recounting the biographies of various Buddhist saints aimed to achieve his thesis of promoting a secular Buddhism...

    Absolutely fantastic. One of the best books I have ever read. Secular Buddhism the way Batchelor explains it is crystal clear and its implications are profound. If you are interested in buddhist philosophy without dogmas this is a great place to start. ...

  • Jon Bash
    Jun 19, 2017

    It would be a mistake to cast Stephen Batchelor as Buddhism?s version of Harris, Hitchens, or Dawkins. Unlike the so-called New Atheists, his objective is not to destroy or ridicule but rather to reclaim the Buddha?s teachings from metaphysical distractions grafted on throughout Bu...

    There is something strange about a ?Secular Buddhism? that is self-consciously modern, non-dogmatic, that purports to be a scientifically and critically informed Buddhism, and which harks back 2,500 years to the ?true? words of the Master. Yet this is what Stephen Batchelor see...

    I learned a thing or two about the Buddha, that's for sure. For one, I always thought he was top-drawer royalty, when really he was no big deal in the royal flush of lineages of India in his day. I also learned that the famous story of his striking out from the royal grounds and discov...

    With his latest book, After Buddhism, renowned scholar Stephen Batchelor continues to expand his vision for a ?secular Buddhism?, a project he began nearly twenty years ago in his 1997 book Buddhism Without Beliefs. In that groundbreaking book, he sounded an urgent alarm about what...

    180916: this is a very interesting take on buddhism. at the beginning the author describes in his project, a desire to update buddhism of several religious interpretations with a secular understanding, born of the 2 500 years since gotama buddha is said to have lived. this is a noble i...

    For the past couple of years I've been reading books about Secular Buddhism. I'll post reviews of some of those books soon. This one is the latest by Stephen Batchelor, a Buddhist who has trained in various traditional forms of Buddhism over the past 40 years, but after long reflection...

    This was for me an exceptionally enlightening (pun intended) and enjoyable read--and listen: for parts of the book, I listened to parts of the iBooks audiobook narrated by the author and found his voice and tone to be suggestive of both care (with proper enunciation, pronunciation, and...

    One of the better books on Buddhism that I've read and almost as useful and thought-provoking as Nichtern's ROAD HOME. Once again, as ever, "cultivating an awareness of feelings is crucial because many habitual reactive patterns are triggered as much by these subjective bodily affects ...

    Phenomenal (in all senses of the term). I?m on board with Batchelor: Buddhism as a pragmatic ethics rather than metaphysics is the way to go. ...

    A wonderfully lucid exploration of Stephen Batchelor?s Secular Buddhism - that is, Buddhism for atheists and existentialists. Putting the question of sanctioned doctrinal interpretation to one side (some of Batchelor?s translations and interpretations are contentious), this is a...

    Buddha died after a bout of bloody diarrhea, but Buddhists don?t wear red stool around their necks. Otherwise, the religion that developed after the Buddha?s death shares many qualities with Christianity: conservative, staid and dogmatic. In his new book, AFTER BUDDHISM: RETHINKING...

    GOOD. Good. Actually, kind of a slog in the beginning. The first 50% of the book was a slog for me - I really struggled, ho jeez. 1-star start. But a 4-star end, really. I think I needed time to get into this: this is a DENSE book, it requires deep engagement, and that can be hard when...

    Like Mr. Wright (see ?Why Buddhism is True?), Mr. Batchelor has trouble with ?no self.? (Successful people have trouble giving up the ego. Imagine that.) Please see page 196 for Mr. Batchelor?s take on the issue. What I think is most important in his argument is his assertion...

    This sentence from the publisher?s description puts it well: ?Combining critical readings of the earliest canonical texts with narrative accounts of five of the Buddha?s inner circle, Batchelor depicts the Buddha as a pragmatic ethicist rather than a dogmatic metaphysician.? I ...

    The author managed to make a potentially intriguing thesis into a tedious exercise in retelling legendary narratives of Buddhism. I fail to see how spending entire chapters recounting the biographies of various Buddhist saints aimed to achieve his thesis of promoting a secular Buddhism...

    Absolutely fantastic. One of the best books I have ever read. Secular Buddhism the way Batchelor explains it is crystal clear and its implications are profound. If you are interested in buddhist philosophy without dogmas this is a great place to start. ...

    I rated this book four stars when I was part way through it then changed it to five once I finished. The structure is tough at first because it seems all over the place. But the end brings it all together so perfectly and connects it all with such clarity. Amazing. ...

    Sometimes a difficult and dense read, but so full of giant nuggets of wisdom. ...

  • Sandee
    Dec 17, 2018

    It would be a mistake to cast Stephen Batchelor as Buddhism?s version of Harris, Hitchens, or Dawkins. Unlike the so-called New Atheists, his objective is not to destroy or ridicule but rather to reclaim the Buddha?s teachings from metaphysical distractions grafted on throughout Bu...

    There is something strange about a ?Secular Buddhism? that is self-consciously modern, non-dogmatic, that purports to be a scientifically and critically informed Buddhism, and which harks back 2,500 years to the ?true? words of the Master. Yet this is what Stephen Batchelor see...

    I learned a thing or two about the Buddha, that's for sure. For one, I always thought he was top-drawer royalty, when really he was no big deal in the royal flush of lineages of India in his day. I also learned that the famous story of his striking out from the royal grounds and discov...

    With his latest book, After Buddhism, renowned scholar Stephen Batchelor continues to expand his vision for a ?secular Buddhism?, a project he began nearly twenty years ago in his 1997 book Buddhism Without Beliefs. In that groundbreaking book, he sounded an urgent alarm about what...

    180916: this is a very interesting take on buddhism. at the beginning the author describes in his project, a desire to update buddhism of several religious interpretations with a secular understanding, born of the 2 500 years since gotama buddha is said to have lived. this is a noble i...

    For the past couple of years I've been reading books about Secular Buddhism. I'll post reviews of some of those books soon. This one is the latest by Stephen Batchelor, a Buddhist who has trained in various traditional forms of Buddhism over the past 40 years, but after long reflection...

    This was for me an exceptionally enlightening (pun intended) and enjoyable read--and listen: for parts of the book, I listened to parts of the iBooks audiobook narrated by the author and found his voice and tone to be suggestive of both care (with proper enunciation, pronunciation, and...

    One of the better books on Buddhism that I've read and almost as useful and thought-provoking as Nichtern's ROAD HOME. Once again, as ever, "cultivating an awareness of feelings is crucial because many habitual reactive patterns are triggered as much by these subjective bodily affects ...

    Phenomenal (in all senses of the term). I?m on board with Batchelor: Buddhism as a pragmatic ethics rather than metaphysics is the way to go. ...

    A wonderfully lucid exploration of Stephen Batchelor?s Secular Buddhism - that is, Buddhism for atheists and existentialists. Putting the question of sanctioned doctrinal interpretation to one side (some of Batchelor?s translations and interpretations are contentious), this is a...

    Buddha died after a bout of bloody diarrhea, but Buddhists don?t wear red stool around their necks. Otherwise, the religion that developed after the Buddha?s death shares many qualities with Christianity: conservative, staid and dogmatic. In his new book, AFTER BUDDHISM: RETHINKING...

    GOOD. Good. Actually, kind of a slog in the beginning. The first 50% of the book was a slog for me - I really struggled, ho jeez. 1-star start. But a 4-star end, really. I think I needed time to get into this: this is a DENSE book, it requires deep engagement, and that can be hard when...

    Like Mr. Wright (see ?Why Buddhism is True?), Mr. Batchelor has trouble with ?no self.? (Successful people have trouble giving up the ego. Imagine that.) Please see page 196 for Mr. Batchelor?s take on the issue. What I think is most important in his argument is his assertion...

    This sentence from the publisher?s description puts it well: ?Combining critical readings of the earliest canonical texts with narrative accounts of five of the Buddha?s inner circle, Batchelor depicts the Buddha as a pragmatic ethicist rather than a dogmatic metaphysician.? I ...

    The author managed to make a potentially intriguing thesis into a tedious exercise in retelling legendary narratives of Buddhism. I fail to see how spending entire chapters recounting the biographies of various Buddhist saints aimed to achieve his thesis of promoting a secular Buddhism...

    Absolutely fantastic. One of the best books I have ever read. Secular Buddhism the way Batchelor explains it is crystal clear and its implications are profound. If you are interested in buddhist philosophy without dogmas this is a great place to start. ...

    I rated this book four stars when I was part way through it then changed it to five once I finished. The structure is tough at first because it seems all over the place. But the end brings it all together so perfectly and connects it all with such clarity. Amazing. ...

    Sometimes a difficult and dense read, but so full of giant nuggets of wisdom. ...

    Who am I to tell Stephen Batchelor what to think? I discovered Buddha in 1961 or 62 when I equally read the Bible, Shakespeare, Thomas Mann, Buddha, Marc and Engels, Lenin and even a little bit of Mao Zedong, not to speak of many other things and works like books on mathematical logic ...

    My rather faint and dilettantish interest in Buddhism has in recent years grown more serious, inspired in part by being seriously ill and unable to practice yoga as I used to, forcing me to turn to meditation instead. So I guess the people who believe that yoga is a gateway practice to...

    The core of Buddhism is a teaching by one man, Gautama Siddharta. All the rest is ?religion?: dogma?s, rituals, fantasy stories and shiploads of incense sticks. What if you would cut that all away, though? That is what Stephen Batchelor is after in ?After Buddhism?, which I f...

    Illuminating I have been interested in buddhism since my late teens (I am now 60) and I found this book to resonate strongly with my earliest intuitive understanding of the essence of this religion as well as confirming a number of ideas that I have had about its metaphysical origin...

    "To embrace life with comprehension involves coping. It has more to do with how we get about, deal with conflicts, realize possibilities, and engage with others than with acquiring knowledge of the nature of the mind or reality. Comprehension requires the opposite of aloofness; it requ...

    Batchelor's goal is to get back to the historical Buddha by reading the foundational text anew and stripping out the cultural layers that were added to Buddhism following the death of Gotama. What is left is a pragmatic way of living that is not dependent on a belief in an almighty God...

    This book is a starting point for the hammering out of the philosophical foundation of secular buddhism. By alternating in chapters that investigate the lives of Gotama and his followers, Batchelor writes a book that is critical and analytical of the source text material (particularly ...

    4.5 stars I've read several self-help books on Buddhist thought, but very few of them match the erudition of Batchelor's study of the Pali texts in early Buddhism. To be sure, as other reviewers have noted, there's an assertion of an essential Buddhism in parts of the text that runs...

    I?m a big fan of irony and subverting expectations, especially in an attempt to prove a point. In this work, Stephen Batchelor does a great job of subverting the TITLE. He describes the time Before ?Buddhism?, during Gotama?s life when the lectures and teachings had not yet bee...

    I love reading Stephen Batchelor's books on secular Buddhism and this one is no exception, well except how unbelievably dry it is. Rethinking Dharma does not always mean you have to drum out each and every esoteric reference in the cannon nor does it mean you have to constantly rehash ...

    I had to take my time to read, digest and meditate on the ideas Batchelor put forward in this book. It seems like the main idea was to strip Buddhism down, remove the rites, rituals and dogma and focus on the core tenets of what Gotama taught. Stephen Batchelor has a remarkable way of ...

    I was introduced to Stephen Batchelor through a course I took called Demystifying Mindfulness. The course included several interviews with Stephen and I found that his interpretations of the information were meaningful for me. So, I bought this book. I enjoyed this book very much. Ever...

  • Edward Taylor
    Aug 10, 2019

    It would be a mistake to cast Stephen Batchelor as Buddhism?s version of Harris, Hitchens, or Dawkins. Unlike the so-called New Atheists, his objective is not to destroy or ridicule but rather to reclaim the Buddha?s teachings from metaphysical distractions grafted on throughout Bu...

    There is something strange about a ?Secular Buddhism? that is self-consciously modern, non-dogmatic, that purports to be a scientifically and critically informed Buddhism, and which harks back 2,500 years to the ?true? words of the Master. Yet this is what Stephen Batchelor see...

    I learned a thing or two about the Buddha, that's for sure. For one, I always thought he was top-drawer royalty, when really he was no big deal in the royal flush of lineages of India in his day. I also learned that the famous story of his striking out from the royal grounds and discov...

    With his latest book, After Buddhism, renowned scholar Stephen Batchelor continues to expand his vision for a ?secular Buddhism?, a project he began nearly twenty years ago in his 1997 book Buddhism Without Beliefs. In that groundbreaking book, he sounded an urgent alarm about what...

    180916: this is a very interesting take on buddhism. at the beginning the author describes in his project, a desire to update buddhism of several religious interpretations with a secular understanding, born of the 2 500 years since gotama buddha is said to have lived. this is a noble i...

    For the past couple of years I've been reading books about Secular Buddhism. I'll post reviews of some of those books soon. This one is the latest by Stephen Batchelor, a Buddhist who has trained in various traditional forms of Buddhism over the past 40 years, but after long reflection...

    This was for me an exceptionally enlightening (pun intended) and enjoyable read--and listen: for parts of the book, I listened to parts of the iBooks audiobook narrated by the author and found his voice and tone to be suggestive of both care (with proper enunciation, pronunciation, and...

    One of the better books on Buddhism that I've read and almost as useful and thought-provoking as Nichtern's ROAD HOME. Once again, as ever, "cultivating an awareness of feelings is crucial because many habitual reactive patterns are triggered as much by these subjective bodily affects ...

    Phenomenal (in all senses of the term). I?m on board with Batchelor: Buddhism as a pragmatic ethics rather than metaphysics is the way to go. ...

    A wonderfully lucid exploration of Stephen Batchelor?s Secular Buddhism - that is, Buddhism for atheists and existentialists. Putting the question of sanctioned doctrinal interpretation to one side (some of Batchelor?s translations and interpretations are contentious), this is a...

    Buddha died after a bout of bloody diarrhea, but Buddhists don?t wear red stool around their necks. Otherwise, the religion that developed after the Buddha?s death shares many qualities with Christianity: conservative, staid and dogmatic. In his new book, AFTER BUDDHISM: RETHINKING...

    GOOD. Good. Actually, kind of a slog in the beginning. The first 50% of the book was a slog for me - I really struggled, ho jeez. 1-star start. But a 4-star end, really. I think I needed time to get into this: this is a DENSE book, it requires deep engagement, and that can be hard when...

    Like Mr. Wright (see ?Why Buddhism is True?), Mr. Batchelor has trouble with ?no self.? (Successful people have trouble giving up the ego. Imagine that.) Please see page 196 for Mr. Batchelor?s take on the issue. What I think is most important in his argument is his assertion...

    This sentence from the publisher?s description puts it well: ?Combining critical readings of the earliest canonical texts with narrative accounts of five of the Buddha?s inner circle, Batchelor depicts the Buddha as a pragmatic ethicist rather than a dogmatic metaphysician.? I ...

    The author managed to make a potentially intriguing thesis into a tedious exercise in retelling legendary narratives of Buddhism. I fail to see how spending entire chapters recounting the biographies of various Buddhist saints aimed to achieve his thesis of promoting a secular Buddhism...

    Absolutely fantastic. One of the best books I have ever read. Secular Buddhism the way Batchelor explains it is crystal clear and its implications are profound. If you are interested in buddhist philosophy without dogmas this is a great place to start. ...

    I rated this book four stars when I was part way through it then changed it to five once I finished. The structure is tough at first because it seems all over the place. But the end brings it all together so perfectly and connects it all with such clarity. Amazing. ...

    Sometimes a difficult and dense read, but so full of giant nuggets of wisdom. ...

    Who am I to tell Stephen Batchelor what to think? I discovered Buddha in 1961 or 62 when I equally read the Bible, Shakespeare, Thomas Mann, Buddha, Marc and Engels, Lenin and even a little bit of Mao Zedong, not to speak of many other things and works like books on mathematical logic ...

    My rather faint and dilettantish interest in Buddhism has in recent years grown more serious, inspired in part by being seriously ill and unable to practice yoga as I used to, forcing me to turn to meditation instead. So I guess the people who believe that yoga is a gateway practice to...

    The core of Buddhism is a teaching by one man, Gautama Siddharta. All the rest is ?religion?: dogma?s, rituals, fantasy stories and shiploads of incense sticks. What if you would cut that all away, though? That is what Stephen Batchelor is after in ?After Buddhism?, which I f...

    Illuminating I have been interested in buddhism since my late teens (I am now 60) and I found this book to resonate strongly with my earliest intuitive understanding of the essence of this religion as well as confirming a number of ideas that I have had about its metaphysical origin...

    "To embrace life with comprehension involves coping. It has more to do with how we get about, deal with conflicts, realize possibilities, and engage with others than with acquiring knowledge of the nature of the mind or reality. Comprehension requires the opposite of aloofness; it requ...

    Batchelor's goal is to get back to the historical Buddha by reading the foundational text anew and stripping out the cultural layers that were added to Buddhism following the death of Gotama. What is left is a pragmatic way of living that is not dependent on a belief in an almighty God...

    This book is a starting point for the hammering out of the philosophical foundation of secular buddhism. By alternating in chapters that investigate the lives of Gotama and his followers, Batchelor writes a book that is critical and analytical of the source text material (particularly ...

    4.5 stars I've read several self-help books on Buddhist thought, but very few of them match the erudition of Batchelor's study of the Pali texts in early Buddhism. To be sure, as other reviewers have noted, there's an assertion of an essential Buddhism in parts of the text that runs...

    I?m a big fan of irony and subverting expectations, especially in an attempt to prove a point. In this work, Stephen Batchelor does a great job of subverting the TITLE. He describes the time Before ?Buddhism?, during Gotama?s life when the lectures and teachings had not yet bee...

    I love reading Stephen Batchelor's books on secular Buddhism and this one is no exception, well except how unbelievably dry it is. Rethinking Dharma does not always mean you have to drum out each and every esoteric reference in the cannon nor does it mean you have to constantly rehash ...

  • Jacques Coulardeau
    Dec 18, 2016

    It would be a mistake to cast Stephen Batchelor as Buddhism?s version of Harris, Hitchens, or Dawkins. Unlike the so-called New Atheists, his objective is not to destroy or ridicule but rather to reclaim the Buddha?s teachings from metaphysical distractions grafted on throughout Bu...

    There is something strange about a ?Secular Buddhism? that is self-consciously modern, non-dogmatic, that purports to be a scientifically and critically informed Buddhism, and which harks back 2,500 years to the ?true? words of the Master. Yet this is what Stephen Batchelor see...

    I learned a thing or two about the Buddha, that's for sure. For one, I always thought he was top-drawer royalty, when really he was no big deal in the royal flush of lineages of India in his day. I also learned that the famous story of his striking out from the royal grounds and discov...

    With his latest book, After Buddhism, renowned scholar Stephen Batchelor continues to expand his vision for a ?secular Buddhism?, a project he began nearly twenty years ago in his 1997 book Buddhism Without Beliefs. In that groundbreaking book, he sounded an urgent alarm about what...

    180916: this is a very interesting take on buddhism. at the beginning the author describes in his project, a desire to update buddhism of several religious interpretations with a secular understanding, born of the 2 500 years since gotama buddha is said to have lived. this is a noble i...

    For the past couple of years I've been reading books about Secular Buddhism. I'll post reviews of some of those books soon. This one is the latest by Stephen Batchelor, a Buddhist who has trained in various traditional forms of Buddhism over the past 40 years, but after long reflection...

    This was for me an exceptionally enlightening (pun intended) and enjoyable read--and listen: for parts of the book, I listened to parts of the iBooks audiobook narrated by the author and found his voice and tone to be suggestive of both care (with proper enunciation, pronunciation, and...

    One of the better books on Buddhism that I've read and almost as useful and thought-provoking as Nichtern's ROAD HOME. Once again, as ever, "cultivating an awareness of feelings is crucial because many habitual reactive patterns are triggered as much by these subjective bodily affects ...

    Phenomenal (in all senses of the term). I?m on board with Batchelor: Buddhism as a pragmatic ethics rather than metaphysics is the way to go. ...

    A wonderfully lucid exploration of Stephen Batchelor?s Secular Buddhism - that is, Buddhism for atheists and existentialists. Putting the question of sanctioned doctrinal interpretation to one side (some of Batchelor?s translations and interpretations are contentious), this is a...

    Buddha died after a bout of bloody diarrhea, but Buddhists don?t wear red stool around their necks. Otherwise, the religion that developed after the Buddha?s death shares many qualities with Christianity: conservative, staid and dogmatic. In his new book, AFTER BUDDHISM: RETHINKING...

    GOOD. Good. Actually, kind of a slog in the beginning. The first 50% of the book was a slog for me - I really struggled, ho jeez. 1-star start. But a 4-star end, really. I think I needed time to get into this: this is a DENSE book, it requires deep engagement, and that can be hard when...

    Like Mr. Wright (see ?Why Buddhism is True?), Mr. Batchelor has trouble with ?no self.? (Successful people have trouble giving up the ego. Imagine that.) Please see page 196 for Mr. Batchelor?s take on the issue. What I think is most important in his argument is his assertion...

    This sentence from the publisher?s description puts it well: ?Combining critical readings of the earliest canonical texts with narrative accounts of five of the Buddha?s inner circle, Batchelor depicts the Buddha as a pragmatic ethicist rather than a dogmatic metaphysician.? I ...

    The author managed to make a potentially intriguing thesis into a tedious exercise in retelling legendary narratives of Buddhism. I fail to see how spending entire chapters recounting the biographies of various Buddhist saints aimed to achieve his thesis of promoting a secular Buddhism...

    Absolutely fantastic. One of the best books I have ever read. Secular Buddhism the way Batchelor explains it is crystal clear and its implications are profound. If you are interested in buddhist philosophy without dogmas this is a great place to start. ...

    I rated this book four stars when I was part way through it then changed it to five once I finished. The structure is tough at first because it seems all over the place. But the end brings it all together so perfectly and connects it all with such clarity. Amazing. ...

    Sometimes a difficult and dense read, but so full of giant nuggets of wisdom. ...

    Who am I to tell Stephen Batchelor what to think? I discovered Buddha in 1961 or 62 when I equally read the Bible, Shakespeare, Thomas Mann, Buddha, Marc and Engels, Lenin and even a little bit of Mao Zedong, not to speak of many other things and works like books on mathematical logic ...

  • Tim Hickey
    Jan 23, 2016

    It would be a mistake to cast Stephen Batchelor as Buddhism?s version of Harris, Hitchens, or Dawkins. Unlike the so-called New Atheists, his objective is not to destroy or ridicule but rather to reclaim the Buddha?s teachings from metaphysical distractions grafted on throughout Bu...

    There is something strange about a ?Secular Buddhism? that is self-consciously modern, non-dogmatic, that purports to be a scientifically and critically informed Buddhism, and which harks back 2,500 years to the ?true? words of the Master. Yet this is what Stephen Batchelor see...

    I learned a thing or two about the Buddha, that's for sure. For one, I always thought he was top-drawer royalty, when really he was no big deal in the royal flush of lineages of India in his day. I also learned that the famous story of his striking out from the royal grounds and discov...

    With his latest book, After Buddhism, renowned scholar Stephen Batchelor continues to expand his vision for a ?secular Buddhism?, a project he began nearly twenty years ago in his 1997 book Buddhism Without Beliefs. In that groundbreaking book, he sounded an urgent alarm about what...

    180916: this is a very interesting take on buddhism. at the beginning the author describes in his project, a desire to update buddhism of several religious interpretations with a secular understanding, born of the 2 500 years since gotama buddha is said to have lived. this is a noble i...

    For the past couple of years I've been reading books about Secular Buddhism. I'll post reviews of some of those books soon. This one is the latest by Stephen Batchelor, a Buddhist who has trained in various traditional forms of Buddhism over the past 40 years, but after long reflection...

  • Matthew Shinker
    May 25, 2017

    It would be a mistake to cast Stephen Batchelor as Buddhism?s version of Harris, Hitchens, or Dawkins. Unlike the so-called New Atheists, his objective is not to destroy or ridicule but rather to reclaim the Buddha?s teachings from metaphysical distractions grafted on throughout Bu...

    There is something strange about a ?Secular Buddhism? that is self-consciously modern, non-dogmatic, that purports to be a scientifically and critically informed Buddhism, and which harks back 2,500 years to the ?true? words of the Master. Yet this is what Stephen Batchelor see...

    I learned a thing or two about the Buddha, that's for sure. For one, I always thought he was top-drawer royalty, when really he was no big deal in the royal flush of lineages of India in his day. I also learned that the famous story of his striking out from the royal grounds and discov...

    With his latest book, After Buddhism, renowned scholar Stephen Batchelor continues to expand his vision for a ?secular Buddhism?, a project he began nearly twenty years ago in his 1997 book Buddhism Without Beliefs. In that groundbreaking book, he sounded an urgent alarm about what...

    180916: this is a very interesting take on buddhism. at the beginning the author describes in his project, a desire to update buddhism of several religious interpretations with a secular understanding, born of the 2 500 years since gotama buddha is said to have lived. this is a noble i...

    For the past couple of years I've been reading books about Secular Buddhism. I'll post reviews of some of those books soon. This one is the latest by Stephen Batchelor, a Buddhist who has trained in various traditional forms of Buddhism over the past 40 years, but after long reflection...

    This was for me an exceptionally enlightening (pun intended) and enjoyable read--and listen: for parts of the book, I listened to parts of the iBooks audiobook narrated by the author and found his voice and tone to be suggestive of both care (with proper enunciation, pronunciation, and...

    One of the better books on Buddhism that I've read and almost as useful and thought-provoking as Nichtern's ROAD HOME. Once again, as ever, "cultivating an awareness of feelings is crucial because many habitual reactive patterns are triggered as much by these subjective bodily affects ...

    Phenomenal (in all senses of the term). I?m on board with Batchelor: Buddhism as a pragmatic ethics rather than metaphysics is the way to go. ...

    A wonderfully lucid exploration of Stephen Batchelor?s Secular Buddhism - that is, Buddhism for atheists and existentialists. Putting the question of sanctioned doctrinal interpretation to one side (some of Batchelor?s translations and interpretations are contentious), this is a...

    Buddha died after a bout of bloody diarrhea, but Buddhists don?t wear red stool around their necks. Otherwise, the religion that developed after the Buddha?s death shares many qualities with Christianity: conservative, staid and dogmatic. In his new book, AFTER BUDDHISM: RETHINKING...

    GOOD. Good. Actually, kind of a slog in the beginning. The first 50% of the book was a slog for me - I really struggled, ho jeez. 1-star start. But a 4-star end, really. I think I needed time to get into this: this is a DENSE book, it requires deep engagement, and that can be hard when...

    Like Mr. Wright (see ?Why Buddhism is True?), Mr. Batchelor has trouble with ?no self.? (Successful people have trouble giving up the ego. Imagine that.) Please see page 196 for Mr. Batchelor?s take on the issue. What I think is most important in his argument is his assertion...

    This sentence from the publisher?s description puts it well: ?Combining critical readings of the earliest canonical texts with narrative accounts of five of the Buddha?s inner circle, Batchelor depicts the Buddha as a pragmatic ethicist rather than a dogmatic metaphysician.? I ...

    The author managed to make a potentially intriguing thesis into a tedious exercise in retelling legendary narratives of Buddhism. I fail to see how spending entire chapters recounting the biographies of various Buddhist saints aimed to achieve his thesis of promoting a secular Buddhism...

    Absolutely fantastic. One of the best books I have ever read. Secular Buddhism the way Batchelor explains it is crystal clear and its implications are profound. If you are interested in buddhist philosophy without dogmas this is a great place to start. ...

    I rated this book four stars when I was part way through it then changed it to five once I finished. The structure is tough at first because it seems all over the place. But the end brings it all together so perfectly and connects it all with such clarity. Amazing. ...

    Sometimes a difficult and dense read, but so full of giant nuggets of wisdom. ...

    Who am I to tell Stephen Batchelor what to think? I discovered Buddha in 1961 or 62 when I equally read the Bible, Shakespeare, Thomas Mann, Buddha, Marc and Engels, Lenin and even a little bit of Mao Zedong, not to speak of many other things and works like books on mathematical logic ...

    My rather faint and dilettantish interest in Buddhism has in recent years grown more serious, inspired in part by being seriously ill and unable to practice yoga as I used to, forcing me to turn to meditation instead. So I guess the people who believe that yoga is a gateway practice to...

    The core of Buddhism is a teaching by one man, Gautama Siddharta. All the rest is ?religion?: dogma?s, rituals, fantasy stories and shiploads of incense sticks. What if you would cut that all away, though? That is what Stephen Batchelor is after in ?After Buddhism?, which I f...

    Illuminating I have been interested in buddhism since my late teens (I am now 60) and I found this book to resonate strongly with my earliest intuitive understanding of the essence of this religion as well as confirming a number of ideas that I have had about its metaphysical origin...

    "To embrace life with comprehension involves coping. It has more to do with how we get about, deal with conflicts, realize possibilities, and engage with others than with acquiring knowledge of the nature of the mind or reality. Comprehension requires the opposite of aloofness; it requ...

    Batchelor's goal is to get back to the historical Buddha by reading the foundational text anew and stripping out the cultural layers that were added to Buddhism following the death of Gotama. What is left is a pragmatic way of living that is not dependent on a belief in an almighty God...

    This book is a starting point for the hammering out of the philosophical foundation of secular buddhism. By alternating in chapters that investigate the lives of Gotama and his followers, Batchelor writes a book that is critical and analytical of the source text material (particularly ...

    4.5 stars I've read several self-help books on Buddhist thought, but very few of them match the erudition of Batchelor's study of the Pali texts in early Buddhism. To be sure, as other reviewers have noted, there's an assertion of an essential Buddhism in parts of the text that runs...

    I?m a big fan of irony and subverting expectations, especially in an attempt to prove a point. In this work, Stephen Batchelor does a great job of subverting the TITLE. He describes the time Before ?Buddhism?, during Gotama?s life when the lectures and teachings had not yet bee...

    I love reading Stephen Batchelor's books on secular Buddhism and this one is no exception, well except how unbelievably dry it is. Rethinking Dharma does not always mean you have to drum out each and every esoteric reference in the cannon nor does it mean you have to constantly rehash ...

    I had to take my time to read, digest and meditate on the ideas Batchelor put forward in this book. It seems like the main idea was to strip Buddhism down, remove the rites, rituals and dogma and focus on the core tenets of what Gotama taught. Stephen Batchelor has a remarkable way of ...

  • Frederik
    Jan 06, 2016

    It would be a mistake to cast Stephen Batchelor as Buddhism?s version of Harris, Hitchens, or Dawkins. Unlike the so-called New Atheists, his objective is not to destroy or ridicule but rather to reclaim the Buddha?s teachings from metaphysical distractions grafted on throughout Bu...

  • Eric
    Oct 16, 2017

    It would be a mistake to cast Stephen Batchelor as Buddhism?s version of Harris, Hitchens, or Dawkins. Unlike the so-called New Atheists, his objective is not to destroy or ridicule but rather to reclaim the Buddha?s teachings from metaphysical distractions grafted on throughout Bu...

    There is something strange about a ?Secular Buddhism? that is self-consciously modern, non-dogmatic, that purports to be a scientifically and critically informed Buddhism, and which harks back 2,500 years to the ?true? words of the Master. Yet this is what Stephen Batchelor see...

    I learned a thing or two about the Buddha, that's for sure. For one, I always thought he was top-drawer royalty, when really he was no big deal in the royal flush of lineages of India in his day. I also learned that the famous story of his striking out from the royal grounds and discov...

    With his latest book, After Buddhism, renowned scholar Stephen Batchelor continues to expand his vision for a ?secular Buddhism?, a project he began nearly twenty years ago in his 1997 book Buddhism Without Beliefs. In that groundbreaking book, he sounded an urgent alarm about what...

    180916: this is a very interesting take on buddhism. at the beginning the author describes in his project, a desire to update buddhism of several religious interpretations with a secular understanding, born of the 2 500 years since gotama buddha is said to have lived. this is a noble i...

    For the past couple of years I've been reading books about Secular Buddhism. I'll post reviews of some of those books soon. This one is the latest by Stephen Batchelor, a Buddhist who has trained in various traditional forms of Buddhism over the past 40 years, but after long reflection...

    This was for me an exceptionally enlightening (pun intended) and enjoyable read--and listen: for parts of the book, I listened to parts of the iBooks audiobook narrated by the author and found his voice and tone to be suggestive of both care (with proper enunciation, pronunciation, and...

    One of the better books on Buddhism that I've read and almost as useful and thought-provoking as Nichtern's ROAD HOME. Once again, as ever, "cultivating an awareness of feelings is crucial because many habitual reactive patterns are triggered as much by these subjective bodily affects ...

    Phenomenal (in all senses of the term). I?m on board with Batchelor: Buddhism as a pragmatic ethics rather than metaphysics is the way to go. ...

    A wonderfully lucid exploration of Stephen Batchelor?s Secular Buddhism - that is, Buddhism for atheists and existentialists. Putting the question of sanctioned doctrinal interpretation to one side (some of Batchelor?s translations and interpretations are contentious), this is a...

    Buddha died after a bout of bloody diarrhea, but Buddhists don?t wear red stool around their necks. Otherwise, the religion that developed after the Buddha?s death shares many qualities with Christianity: conservative, staid and dogmatic. In his new book, AFTER BUDDHISM: RETHINKING...

    GOOD. Good. Actually, kind of a slog in the beginning. The first 50% of the book was a slog for me - I really struggled, ho jeez. 1-star start. But a 4-star end, really. I think I needed time to get into this: this is a DENSE book, it requires deep engagement, and that can be hard when...

    Like Mr. Wright (see ?Why Buddhism is True?), Mr. Batchelor has trouble with ?no self.? (Successful people have trouble giving up the ego. Imagine that.) Please see page 196 for Mr. Batchelor?s take on the issue. What I think is most important in his argument is his assertion...

    This sentence from the publisher?s description puts it well: ?Combining critical readings of the earliest canonical texts with narrative accounts of five of the Buddha?s inner circle, Batchelor depicts the Buddha as a pragmatic ethicist rather than a dogmatic metaphysician.? I ...

    The author managed to make a potentially intriguing thesis into a tedious exercise in retelling legendary narratives of Buddhism. I fail to see how spending entire chapters recounting the biographies of various Buddhist saints aimed to achieve his thesis of promoting a secular Buddhism...

    Absolutely fantastic. One of the best books I have ever read. Secular Buddhism the way Batchelor explains it is crystal clear and its implications are profound. If you are interested in buddhist philosophy without dogmas this is a great place to start. ...

    I rated this book four stars when I was part way through it then changed it to five once I finished. The structure is tough at first because it seems all over the place. But the end brings it all together so perfectly and connects it all with such clarity. Amazing. ...

    Sometimes a difficult and dense read, but so full of giant nuggets of wisdom. ...

    Who am I to tell Stephen Batchelor what to think? I discovered Buddha in 1961 or 62 when I equally read the Bible, Shakespeare, Thomas Mann, Buddha, Marc and Engels, Lenin and even a little bit of Mao Zedong, not to speak of many other things and works like books on mathematical logic ...

    My rather faint and dilettantish interest in Buddhism has in recent years grown more serious, inspired in part by being seriously ill and unable to practice yoga as I used to, forcing me to turn to meditation instead. So I guess the people who believe that yoga is a gateway practice to...

    The core of Buddhism is a teaching by one man, Gautama Siddharta. All the rest is ?religion?: dogma?s, rituals, fantasy stories and shiploads of incense sticks. What if you would cut that all away, though? That is what Stephen Batchelor is after in ?After Buddhism?, which I f...

  • Josh Lovejoy
    Jan 29, 2016

    It would be a mistake to cast Stephen Batchelor as Buddhism?s version of Harris, Hitchens, or Dawkins. Unlike the so-called New Atheists, his objective is not to destroy or ridicule but rather to reclaim the Buddha?s teachings from metaphysical distractions grafted on throughout Bu...

    There is something strange about a ?Secular Buddhism? that is self-consciously modern, non-dogmatic, that purports to be a scientifically and critically informed Buddhism, and which harks back 2,500 years to the ?true? words of the Master. Yet this is what Stephen Batchelor see...

    I learned a thing or two about the Buddha, that's for sure. For one, I always thought he was top-drawer royalty, when really he was no big deal in the royal flush of lineages of India in his day. I also learned that the famous story of his striking out from the royal grounds and discov...

    With his latest book, After Buddhism, renowned scholar Stephen Batchelor continues to expand his vision for a ?secular Buddhism?, a project he began nearly twenty years ago in his 1997 book Buddhism Without Beliefs. In that groundbreaking book, he sounded an urgent alarm about what...

    180916: this is a very interesting take on buddhism. at the beginning the author describes in his project, a desire to update buddhism of several religious interpretations with a secular understanding, born of the 2 500 years since gotama buddha is said to have lived. this is a noble i...

    For the past couple of years I've been reading books about Secular Buddhism. I'll post reviews of some of those books soon. This one is the latest by Stephen Batchelor, a Buddhist who has trained in various traditional forms of Buddhism over the past 40 years, but after long reflection...

    This was for me an exceptionally enlightening (pun intended) and enjoyable read--and listen: for parts of the book, I listened to parts of the iBooks audiobook narrated by the author and found his voice and tone to be suggestive of both care (with proper enunciation, pronunciation, and...

    One of the better books on Buddhism that I've read and almost as useful and thought-provoking as Nichtern's ROAD HOME. Once again, as ever, "cultivating an awareness of feelings is crucial because many habitual reactive patterns are triggered as much by these subjective bodily affects ...

    Phenomenal (in all senses of the term). I?m on board with Batchelor: Buddhism as a pragmatic ethics rather than metaphysics is the way to go. ...

    A wonderfully lucid exploration of Stephen Batchelor?s Secular Buddhism - that is, Buddhism for atheists and existentialists. Putting the question of sanctioned doctrinal interpretation to one side (some of Batchelor?s translations and interpretations are contentious), this is a...

    Buddha died after a bout of bloody diarrhea, but Buddhists don?t wear red stool around their necks. Otherwise, the religion that developed after the Buddha?s death shares many qualities with Christianity: conservative, staid and dogmatic. In his new book, AFTER BUDDHISM: RETHINKING...

    GOOD. Good. Actually, kind of a slog in the beginning. The first 50% of the book was a slog for me - I really struggled, ho jeez. 1-star start. But a 4-star end, really. I think I needed time to get into this: this is a DENSE book, it requires deep engagement, and that can be hard when...

    Like Mr. Wright (see ?Why Buddhism is True?), Mr. Batchelor has trouble with ?no self.? (Successful people have trouble giving up the ego. Imagine that.) Please see page 196 for Mr. Batchelor?s take on the issue. What I think is most important in his argument is his assertion...

    This sentence from the publisher?s description puts it well: ?Combining critical readings of the earliest canonical texts with narrative accounts of five of the Buddha?s inner circle, Batchelor depicts the Buddha as a pragmatic ethicist rather than a dogmatic metaphysician.? I ...

    The author managed to make a potentially intriguing thesis into a tedious exercise in retelling legendary narratives of Buddhism. I fail to see how spending entire chapters recounting the biographies of various Buddhist saints aimed to achieve his thesis of promoting a secular Buddhism...

    Absolutely fantastic. One of the best books I have ever read. Secular Buddhism the way Batchelor explains it is crystal clear and its implications are profound. If you are interested in buddhist philosophy without dogmas this is a great place to start. ...

    I rated this book four stars when I was part way through it then changed it to five once I finished. The structure is tough at first because it seems all over the place. But the end brings it all together so perfectly and connects it all with such clarity. Amazing. ...

  • William Dury
    Oct 18, 2017

    It would be a mistake to cast Stephen Batchelor as Buddhism?s version of Harris, Hitchens, or Dawkins. Unlike the so-called New Atheists, his objective is not to destroy or ridicule but rather to reclaim the Buddha?s teachings from metaphysical distractions grafted on throughout Bu...

    There is something strange about a ?Secular Buddhism? that is self-consciously modern, non-dogmatic, that purports to be a scientifically and critically informed Buddhism, and which harks back 2,500 years to the ?true? words of the Master. Yet this is what Stephen Batchelor see...

    I learned a thing or two about the Buddha, that's for sure. For one, I always thought he was top-drawer royalty, when really he was no big deal in the royal flush of lineages of India in his day. I also learned that the famous story of his striking out from the royal grounds and discov...

    With his latest book, After Buddhism, renowned scholar Stephen Batchelor continues to expand his vision for a ?secular Buddhism?, a project he began nearly twenty years ago in his 1997 book Buddhism Without Beliefs. In that groundbreaking book, he sounded an urgent alarm about what...

    180916: this is a very interesting take on buddhism. at the beginning the author describes in his project, a desire to update buddhism of several religious interpretations with a secular understanding, born of the 2 500 years since gotama buddha is said to have lived. this is a noble i...

    For the past couple of years I've been reading books about Secular Buddhism. I'll post reviews of some of those books soon. This one is the latest by Stephen Batchelor, a Buddhist who has trained in various traditional forms of Buddhism over the past 40 years, but after long reflection...

    This was for me an exceptionally enlightening (pun intended) and enjoyable read--and listen: for parts of the book, I listened to parts of the iBooks audiobook narrated by the author and found his voice and tone to be suggestive of both care (with proper enunciation, pronunciation, and...

    One of the better books on Buddhism that I've read and almost as useful and thought-provoking as Nichtern's ROAD HOME. Once again, as ever, "cultivating an awareness of feelings is crucial because many habitual reactive patterns are triggered as much by these subjective bodily affects ...

    Phenomenal (in all senses of the term). I?m on board with Batchelor: Buddhism as a pragmatic ethics rather than metaphysics is the way to go. ...

    A wonderfully lucid exploration of Stephen Batchelor?s Secular Buddhism - that is, Buddhism for atheists and existentialists. Putting the question of sanctioned doctrinal interpretation to one side (some of Batchelor?s translations and interpretations are contentious), this is a...

    Buddha died after a bout of bloody diarrhea, but Buddhists don?t wear red stool around their necks. Otherwise, the religion that developed after the Buddha?s death shares many qualities with Christianity: conservative, staid and dogmatic. In his new book, AFTER BUDDHISM: RETHINKING...

    GOOD. Good. Actually, kind of a slog in the beginning. The first 50% of the book was a slog for me - I really struggled, ho jeez. 1-star start. But a 4-star end, really. I think I needed time to get into this: this is a DENSE book, it requires deep engagement, and that can be hard when...

    Like Mr. Wright (see ?Why Buddhism is True?), Mr. Batchelor has trouble with ?no self.? (Successful people have trouble giving up the ego. Imagine that.) Please see page 196 for Mr. Batchelor?s take on the issue. What I think is most important in his argument is his assertion...