By Stephen Batchelor

People with an curiosity in Buddhism will welcome this new booklet through Stephen Batchelor, former monk and writer of Alone With Others and The Awakening of the West. yet people who find themselves simply studying this more and more well known perform can have a lot to achieve as well-for Buddhism with out ideals serves as a superior, undemanding advent that demystifies Buddhism and explains easily and it appears that evidently how its perform can enhance our lives. fending off jargon and thought, Batchelor concentrates at the concrete, making Buddhism obtainable and compelling and exhibiting how an individual can embark in this path-regardless in their non secular history.

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We too feel anguish most acutely when we break out of our habitual routines and witness ourselves hovering between birth and death—our birth and death. We discover that w e ; have been thrown, apparently without choice, into a world not of our making. However painful the exit from the mother's uterus, it is mercifully forgotten. But in achieving consciousness, we realize that the only certainty in life is that it will end. We don't like the idea; we try to forget that too. Everyone collaborates in everyone else's forgetting.

And the time of death uncertain . WHEN I t r y to turn my head around to find how close the waterfall is, I cannot. I can see only what is unfolding before my eyes. I can see the death of others but not my own. The time will come for me too, but I don't know when. Consider that while statistics assure us that we have a good chance to live to an "average"'age, probability is not certainty. There can be no guarantee that I will live until next week, let alone for many years. Who do I know of my own age who has died?

It cannot be / "solved" by meditation techniques, through the authority of 26 BUDDHISM W I T H O U T BELIEFS a text, upon submission to the will of a guru. Such strategies merely replace the question with beliefs in an answer. As this kind of question becomes clearer it becomes more puzzling too. The understanding it generates does not provide consoling facts about the nature of life. This questioning probes ever deeper into what is still Linknown. 27 D E A T H Like a dream, Whatever I enjoy Will become a memory; The past is not revisited.

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