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Confession of a Buddhist Atheist

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    A great memoir and historical biography

    Batchelor's memoir is the story of his search for personal authenticity within Buddhism. As he grew in his practice, he found little tolerance within the traditional doctrine for his spiritual skepticism, so he charted his own path to research the life and teachings of the historical Buddha. The story of this Buddha--a flawed man living in a time of political intrigue--is far more powerful and complex than the traditional religious fairy tale that we all know. As a seeker and a skeptic, I admire Batchelor's courage to publicly reject what he does not find truthful, while still respecting the people that have moved Buddhism through history. I wholeheartedly recommend this book, and look forward to reading it again as my own experience deepens.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2014

    I am a high school sophomore and I read this book for my researc

    I am a high school sophomore and I read this book for my research project. This was a very interesting book about the authors’ struggles to stay faithful with the philosophy Buddhism. Even thought this book has very big words that are sometimes hard to comprehend, but it is still an exquisite book about Buddhism and the Pali Canon version of Siddhartha Gautama’s life. This book helped my learn things about Buddhism that I have not yet known, and I realized that its hard to stay faithful. Also in the book I got to read about the Dalai Lama and how he connects with the different kinds of Buddhist groups and how he helps them answer their questions even though their questions were very limited because the teachers did not want to disrupt the Lama. Even though I did not learn much about Siddhartha Gautama, he still creates this imagines on what the Buddha went through on his journey to find enlightenment and Nirvana and how he lived his life before that. Also on how we can live in according to Siddhartha Gautama and what his words mean in the Pali Canon. Also I read that not all Buddhist stick through the concepts, rules, and traditions of Buddhism, for example in Stephen’s book the Korean monks go to war and kill others when the Buddha teaches that you cannot kill other or harm other. This breaks the Buddha’s non-violence code. At the end this was an excellent book to read if you want to know about Siddhartha Gautama and if you are a beginner in learning about Buddhism. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2014

    I am a high school sophomore and I read this book for my researc

    I am a high school sophomore and I read this book for my research project. This was a very interesting book about the authors’ struggles to stay faithful with the philosophy Buddhism. Even thought this book has very big words that are sometimes hard to comprehend, but it is still an exquisite book about Buddhism and the Pali Canon version of Siddhartha Gautama’s life. This book helped my learn things about Buddhism that I have not yet known, and I realized that its hard to stay faithful. He also mentions the Dalai Lama answering questions for the different Buddhist groups even though their questions are limited. Even if I had not learned much about the Buddha Gautama, Batchelor still explains his journey to find enlightenment in a different perspective. At the end this was an excellent book to read if you want to know about Siddhartha Gautama and if you are a beginner in learning and practicing Buddhism. 

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