The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama (Vintage Departures)

By Pico Iyer

For over 3 many years, Pico Iyer, considered one of our such a lot adored commute writers, has been a pal to the Dalai Lama. Over those years via intimate conversations, he has come to understand him in a manner that few can declare. right here he paints an unheard of portrait of 1 of the main singular figures of our time, explaining the Dalai Lama's paintings and ideas approximately politics, technology, expertise, and faith. For Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike, The Open Road illuminates the hidden lifestyles and the day-by-day demanding situations of this worldwide icon.

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Confession of a Buddhist Atheist

By Stephen Batchelor

Does Buddhism require religion? Can an atheist or agnostic stick to the Buddha’s teachings with no believing in reincarnation or geared up religion?
 
this is often one man’s confession.

 
In his vintage Buddhism with out Beliefs, Stephen Batchelor provided a profound, secular method of the lessons of the Buddha that struck an emotional chord with Western readers. Now, with an analogous brilliance and boldness of idea, he paints a groundbreaking portrait of the ancient Buddha—told from the author’s special viewpoint as a former Buddhist monk and sleek seeker. Drawing from the unique Pali Canon, the seminal choice of Buddhist discourses compiled after the Buddha’s demise by way of his fans, Batchelor indicates us the Buddha as a flesh-and-blood guy who checked out existence in a significantly new means. Batchelor additionally unearths the standard demanding situations and doubts of his personal devotional journey—from assembly the Dalai Lama in India, to education as a Zen monk in Korea, to discovering his direction as a lay instructor of Buddhism dwelling in France. either arguable and deeply own, Stephen Batchelor’s refreshingly doctrine-free, life-informed account is vital interpreting for somebody attracted to Buddhism.

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What the Buddha Taught (Revised and Expanded Edition)

By Walpola Rahula

A vintage introductory booklet to Buddhism, What the Buddha Taught features a choice of illustrative texts from the unique Pali texts, together with the Suttas and the Dhammapada. the writer, himself a Buddhist monk and student, eliminates a couple of universal misconceptions approximately Buddhism, and offers a finished, compact, lucid, and devoted account of the Buddha’s teachings that over and over enjoys nice recognition in schools, universities, and theological colleges either the following and in a foreign country. “For years," says the magazine of the Buddhist Society, "the newcomer to Buddhism has lacked an easy and trustworthy advent to the complexities of the topic. Dr. Rahula’s What the Buddha Taught fills the necessity as merely might be performed via one having a company take hold of of the sizeable fabric to be sifted. it's a version of what a booklet may be that's addressed to start with to ‘the informed and clever reader.' Authoritative and transparent, logical and sober, this research is as accomplished because it is masterly."

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