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
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.