After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age

Version: Unabridged
Author: Stephen Batchelor
Narrator: [No Narrators Added]
Genres: Buddhism
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: October 2015
# of Units: 14 CDs
Length: 10 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

Some twenty-five centuries after the Buddha started teaching, his message continues to inspire people across the globe, including those living in predominantly secular societies. What does it mean to adapt religious practices to secular contexts?

Stephen Batchelor, an internationally known author and teacher, is committed to a secularized version of the Buddha’s teachings. The time has come, he feels, to articulate a coherent, ethical, contemplative, and philosophical vision of Buddhism for our age. After Buddhism, the culmination of four decades of study and practice in the Tibetan, Zen, and Theravāda traditions, is his attempt to set the record straight about who the Buddha was and what he was trying to teach. Combining critical readings of the earliest canonical texts with narrative accounts of five members of the Buddha’s inner circle, Batchelor depicts the Buddha as a pragmatic ethicist rather than a dogmatic metaphysician. He envisions Buddhism as a constantly evolving culture of awakening whose perpetual survival is due to its capacity to reinvent itself and interact creatively with each society it encounters.

This original and provocative book presents a new framework for understanding the remarkable spread of Buddhism in today’s globalized world. It also reminds us of what was so startling about the Buddha’s vision of human flourishing.

“An emotionally detailed and compelling account.”—Huffington Post on Confession of a Buddhist Atheist

Author Details

Author Details

Batchelor, Stephen

Stephen Batchelor is a former monk in the Tibetan and Zen traditions. He has translated Shantideva's "A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life" and is the author of "Alone with Others", "The Faith to Doubt", "The Tibet Guide", "The Awakening of the West", "Buddhism without Beliefs", and" Verses from the Center". He is a contributing editor of "Tricycle" magazine, a guiding teacher at Gaia House Retreat Centre, and cofounder of Sharpham College for Buddhist Studies and Contemporary Inquiry in Devon, England. He lives in southwest France and lectures and conducts meditation retreats worldwide.