A book of three journeys: a reconstruction of Gotama's journey across India as he taught; a travelogue as the writer retraces those steps; a memoir of Batchelor's development as a Buddhist practitioner. Learned, insightful, honest and profound - this former monk, now lay-teacher - handles the complexity of the structure with considerable skill, and presents his personal philosophy with great compassion. Highly recommended if the development of religious thought interests you - whatever your faith. My only misgiving is the title: I can't help think that 'Athiest' was the publisher's idea, to ride the current Dawkins bandwagon and get a quote from Hitchens on the back cover. "Confession of a Secular Buddhist" would set a better tone.
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