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By Stephen Batchelor

People with an curiosity in Buddhism will welcome this new booklet by way of Stephen Batchelor, former monk and writer of Alone With Others and The Awakening of the West. yet those people who are simply learning this more and more renowned perform may have a lot to realize as well-for Buddhism with out ideals serves as an effective, user-friendly advent that demystifies Buddhism and explains easily and it appears that evidently how its perform can increase our lives. averting jargon and conception, Batchelor concentrates at the concrete, making Buddhism available and compelling and displaying how somebody can embark in this path-regardless in their spiritual heritage.

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R THIS EXERCISE MAY not be as straightforward as it seems. > No matter how strong your resolve to be present and concentrated, it is difficult to keep the mind from wandering off into memories, plans, or fantasies. Several minutes may pass before you even notice that you have become distracted. Normally we are unaware of the extent to which we are distracted, for the simple reason that distraction is'a state of unavvareness, This kind of exercise can force us to recognize that for much of the time we fail to register what is happening here and now.

An agnostic Buddhist eschews atheism as much as theism, and is as reluctant to regard the universe as devoid of meaning as endowed with meaning. For to deny either God or meaning is simply the antithesis of affirming them. Yet such fan agnostic stance is not based on disinterest It is founded on a passionate recognition that I do not know. It confronts the enormity of having been born instead of reaching for the consolation of a belief. It strips away, layer by layer, the views that conceal the mystery of being here—either by affirming it as something or denying it as nothing.

Despite our overt resolve, we are still creatures of habit. Resolve is activated by self-confidence, which in turn depends on the kind of self-image we have. If we see ourselves as insignificant, always in the shadow of others, then the slightest hardship will seem daunting. We will be drawn to those who insist that awakening is a distant goal, accessible only to a privileged few. Conversely, if we see ourselves as superior to others, then while outwardly disdainful of hardship, we are tormented by humiliation when it defeats us.

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