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After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age
After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age
by Stephen Batchelor
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

5.0 out of 5 stars If you are interested in Buddhism and have a good knowledge of its ideas and practices then this book ..., 4 Mar. 2016
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If you are interested in Buddhism and have a good knowledge of its ideas and practices then this book will turn out to be controversial and refreshing, and an excellent read. The book explains the history and the main ideas of Buddhism but it would be good to have a foundation in these. The book it is for any reader who want to feel challenged by this exciting approach to accepted, orthodox beliefs. Batchelor writes of Buddhism as a belief-based religion like any other but starts to dismantle the metaphysical and cultural accretions it has gained over time. He then argues for us to see the dharma as a radical ethics – a task-based practice that makes meaningful every facet of the practitioner’s life. His translation of the Pali texts demands we look at them in a more pragmatic and and not dogmatic way. Out goes patriarchy, institutionalized sangha, karma and rebirth, pure consciousness and Buddha as a god and in comes the well argued four tasks and ethics and a secular buddhism that attempts to work on what we are now in this life. I would read it yourself to find out how good the book really is.


The Shambhala Anthology of Chinese Poetry (Shambhala Pocket Classics)
The Shambhala Anthology of Chinese Poetry (Shambhala Pocket Classics)
by J. P. Seaton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £20.00

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wide Ranging with excellent chapter essays, 18 Sept. 2011
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This is an excellent book and should be enjoyed for many years if you love Chinese poetry and wish to extend the range of your poems from this rich source of world literature. There is something here for everybody and the individual and considered comments by Seaton are a valuable addition to my extensive reading of poetry from Japan and China; my particular interest is Tao and Zen poetry; both sensitively translated here. The majot poets are well translated and show why they are both poets and writers with the words for the universal and the particular.

Also Shambala have produced another fine book to continue their literature from the classics. Do buy it and enjoy these lovely and resonant poems.


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