The understanding of the nature of reality is the insight upon which the Buddha was able to achieve his own enlightenment. This vision of the sublime is the source of all that is enigmatic and paradoxical about Buddhism. In Verses from the Center, Stephen Batchelor explores the history of this concept and provides readers with translations of the most important poems ever written on the subject, the poems of 2nd century philosopher Nagarjuna.
Author Biography: Stephen Batchelor, a former monk in the Tibetan and Zen traditions, is the author of Buddhism Without Beliefs; The Tibet Guide (winner of the Thomas Cook Award); The Awakening of the West (a joint winner of the 1994 Tricycle Award), and other books on Buddhism. World-renowned for his translations, he is also a contributing editor of Tricycle, a guiding teacher at Gaia House Retreat Centre, and Director of Studies at Sharpham College for Buddhist Studies and Contemporary Inquiry in Devon, England.
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About the Author
Stephen Batchelor is a former monk in the Tibetan and Zen traditions and the author of the national bestseller Buddhism Without Beliefs. He lectures and conducts meditation retreats worldwide, and is a contributing editor for Tricycle.
Table of Contents
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What People are Saying About This
“A Buddhist scholar and former monk, Stephen Batchelor is well known to American readers as the author of the bestselling Buddhism Without Beliefs. Now comes Verses from the Center, his vision of the poetic legacy of Nagarjuna, a visionary monk who lived in India in the second century and who is, Batchelor writes, ‘arguably the most important figure in Buddhism after the Buddha himself.’…In addition to providing useful guidance to the key philosophical concepts, Batchelor’s introduction also delves into the colorful strata of myth and legend surrounding the man and his work, and traces the historical traditions of centrist thought all the way from Nagarjuna’s Chinese contemporary, Laotzu, to the English Romantic poet John Keats….This is a book about wisdom, not understanding; it invites us to acknowledge paradox with equanimity, and to dwell without question among the questions that it poses.”Los Angeles Times
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is divided into two parts, Batchelor's 80-page meditation on Nagarjuna's second century 'Verses from the Center,' followed by Batchelor's translation of that work. Nagarjuna's poetry, Batchelor writes, offers insights for 'anyone concerned with the questions of what it means to live a free and awake life today.' This book is difficult, but there are enough insightful gems along the way to make it worthwhile reading.
The review from Library Journal is for a different book...