By Stephen Batchelor

ISBN-10: 1573226564

ISBN-13: 9781573226561

People with an curiosity in Buddhism will welcome this new ebook by way of Stephen Batchelor, former monk and writer of Alone With Others and The Awakening of the West. yet those who find themselves simply studying this more and more well known perform may have a lot to realize as well-for Buddhism with out ideals serves as a superior, user-friendly creation that demystifies Buddhism and explains easily and it seems that how its perform can increase our lives. averting jargon and thought, Batchelor concentrates at the concrete, making Buddhism available and compelling and displaying how somebody can embark in this path-regardless in their non secular history.

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Why am I sitting here? Try not to get caught up in trains of associative thought that lead off into distraction. When the s mind is calm and focused, consider this question: 28 B U D D H I S M W I T H O U T , BEL IE F S Since death alone is certain and the time of death uncertain, what should I do? Run this over in your mind, letting its import and challenge sink in. See if the question resonates in the body, triggers a nonverbal mood, a gut feeling, Give more attention to the bodily tone it evokes than to the thoughts and ideas it generates.

The understanding it generates does not provide consoling facts about the nature of life. This questioning probes ever deeper into what is still Linknown. 27 D E A T H Like a dream, Whatever I enjoy Will become a memory; The past is not revisited. —Shantideva \ A GAIN FIND A comfortable place to sit, so that your back is upright, your body steady and balanced;, then close your eyes and watch your breath. Feel the air enter your nostrils, expand your lungs and diaphragm. Pause, exhale, contracting diaphragm and lungs, then feel warmer air leave the nostrils.

It would perhaps be better if life did not bring change—if S T E P H E N B A T C H E L O R it could be relied upon to provide lasting happiness. But since this is not true, a calm and clear understanding of what is true—that no conditions are permanent or reliable—would weaken the grip in-which craving holds us. Craving can vanish in awakening to the absurdity of the assumptions that underlie it. Without stamping it out or ' denying it, craving may be renounced the way a child renounces sandcastles: not by repressing the desire to make them but by turning aside from an endeavor that no longer holds any interest WHEN THE R E S T L E,S S mind is stilled, we begin to encoun- ter what is unfolding before us.

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