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  • Buddhism without Beliefs (2001)
    A series of recorded talks on audio cassette based on the book is available from Sounds True.

  • The Ancient Greeks for Dummies (2008 release)

  • Living with the Devil: A Meditation on Good and Evil (2004)
    In bestselling author and former monk Stephen Batchelor's seminal work on our greatest struggle-to become good-he traces the trajectory from the words of the Buddha and Christ, through the writings of Shantideva, Milton, and Pascal, to the poetry of Baudelaire, the fiction of Kafka, and the findings of modern physics and evolutionary biology-to examine who we really are, and to rest in the uncertainty that we may never know.

  • Verses from the Center: A Buddhist Vision of the Sublime (2000)
    The understanding of the nature of reality is the insight upon which the Buddha was able to achieve his own enlightenment. This vision of the sublime is the source of all that is enigmatic and paradoxical about Buddhism. In Verses from the Center, Stephen Batchelor explores the history of this concept and provides readers with translations of the most important poems ever written on the subject, the poems of 2nd century philosopher Nagarjuna.

  • Guide to Bodhisattva's Way of Life (1999)
    Includes Benefits of the Awakening Mind and Full Acceptance.

  • Buddhism without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening (1997)
    Audio Cassette  Book

    Those with an interest in
    Buddhism will welcome this new book by Stephen Batchelor, former monk and author of Alone With Others and The Awakening of the West. But those who are just discovering this increasingly popular practice will have much to gain as well-for Buddhism Without Beliefs serves as a solid, straightforward introduction that demystifies Buddhism and explains simply and plainly how its practice can enrich our lives. Avoiding jargon and theory, Batchelor concentrates on the concrete, making Buddhism accessible and compelling and showing how anyone can embark on this path-regardless of their religious background.

  • The Awakening of the West: The Encounter of Buddhism and Western Culture (1994)
    From Greek kings to nineteenth-century adventurers, from missionaries to monks, the encounter of Buddhism and the West is filled with intriguing personalities in Awaking of the West.

  • Faith to Doubt: Glimpses of Buddhist Uncertainty (1990)
    Set in a monastery in Korea,Faith to Doubt recounts the author's training in Zen and Tibetan Buddhism,and reflects on the challenges of bringing Buddhism to the West.

  • The Jewel in the Lotus: A Guide to the Buddhist Traditions of Tibet (1987)

  • The Tibet Guide: Central and Western Tibet (1987)
    Tibet, the Forbidden Kingdom, Shangri-La, The Land of Snows, is here revealed in all its beauty, magic, and mystery. This completely revised and updated edition of the award-winning Tibet Guide contains an illustrated iconographical guide, a phrase book, and a glossary of terms. Lavishly illustrated with color photographs, maps, monastery floor plans, and rare photos of historic places as they once were, The Tibet Guide provides answers to questions about travel logistics as well as explanations of the history, politics, and Buddhits culture of Tibet. A treasure for actual and "armchair" travelers alike, this definitive guide to Tibet, past and present, supplies detailed, practical advice on how to get the most out of both real and imagined trips to the Roof of the World.

  • Flight: An Existential Conception of Buddhism (1984)

  • Alone with Others: An Existential Approach to Buddhism (1983)
    Alone with Others is a uniquely contemporary guide to understanding the timeless message of Buddhism, and in particular its relevance in actual human relations. It was inspired by Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life , the oral instructions of living Buddhist masters, Martin Heidegger’s classic Being and Time, and the writings of the Christian theologians Paul Tillich and John MacQuarrie.

  • The Way Of Korean Zen (2005) by Kusan Sunim; Stephen Batchelor, ed.; Martine Fages Batchelor, Translator

  • Meditation for Life (2001) by Martine Batchelor with Stephen Batchelor, Photographer
    In Meditation for Life, Martine Batchelor's writing — through a mix of anecdote, humor, and practical instruction — brings to bear her considerable experience as a meditation teacher as she explains the techniques of three major Buddhist traditions: Theravada, Tibetan, and Zen, while Stephen Batchelor's full-color photographs invite even the most seasoned practitioner to see with new eyes. This vividly photographed book encourages us to bring creative awareness to every aspect of our lives — from making conversation to making dinner — and reveals how every moment can be an opportunity to find joy.

  • The Psychology of Awakening (2000), Gay Watson, Guy Claxton, and Stephen Batchelor, eds.
    The Buddhist view of the mind -- how it works, how it goes wrong, how to put it right--is being increasingly recognized as both profound and highly practical by scientists, counselors, and other professionals. In The Psychology of Awakening, editors Gay Watson, Stephen Batchelor and Guy Claxton have compiled a wide-ranging and penetrating selection of articles on the relevance and application of Buddhist philosophy and practice in the modern Western World. Divided into four parts, the book explores the philosophical issues in Buddhism and the contemporary mind; the scientific perspective of Buddhist concepts of the development of body, mind, and spirit; Buddhism and psychotherapy; and practical applications of Buddhism in contemporary life.

  • For a Future to Be Possible: Commentaries on the Five Mindfulness Trainings (1998) by Annabel Laity, Christopher Reed, David Steindl-Rast, Jack Kornfield, Joan Halifax, Maxine Hong Kingston, Patricia Marx Ellsberg, Stephen Batchelor, and Thich Nhat Hanh.

  • Song of the Profound View: A Translation of Song of the Profound View -- The Razor that Cuts Down the Enemies of Desire and Hatred(1989) by Geshe Rabten, Stephen Batchelor, Translator
    The extraordinary, deeply personal writing of one of Tibet's great modern masters.

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