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Alone with Others: An Existential Approach to Buddhism [Format Kindle]

Stephen Batchelor , John Eaton Calthorpe Blofeld

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This uniquely contemporary guide to understanding the timeless message of Buddhism, and in particular its relevance in actual human relations, was inspired by Shantideva's 'Guide To The Bodhisattva's Way Of Life', which the author translated into English, the oral instructions of living Buddhist masters, Heidegger's classic 'Being and Time', and the writings of the Christian theologians Paul Tillich and John MacQuarrie.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 292 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 146 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0802151272
  • Editeur : Grove Press (1 décembre 2007)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B005R18BA8
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Powerful, intriguing and extremely engaging. 31 mai 2006
Par Patrick D. Goonan - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I found this book of approximately 130 pages absolutely fascinating. While it is very non-traditional, it provides a bridge that helps the modern person to relate some of the most important concepts of Buddhism through the bridge provided by Western existentialist thought.

This book is very well written and Stephen Batchelor is very credible as an author having spent considerable time in Asia and having been a monk for 10 years in both the Tibetan and Zen traditions. While the book is largely his own perspective, it is a valuable one given his life experience and ability to convey complex topics in easy to understand terms. It certainly got my attention!

If you are looking to read your first book on Buddhism or Existentialism, this is probably not for you. However, if you are familiar to one or both of these topics and/or are looking to understand the human condition more deeply, then you will not be disappointed at the ideas presented here.

For me, this was a two sitting book that completely engaged me. I have read many books on Buddhism and Existentialism and thought this had a lot to offer a modern person in terms of making Buddhism relevant to modern contexts. I also found it a useful and sensitive exploration of the nature of loneliness and the limitations of the human condition. Among other things, it poignantly expressed how loneliness and the reality of our ultimate death could help us deepen our experience of reality through relationship and fuller engagement with life.
14 internautes sur 14 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fantastic Book on Buddhism from Existential Point of View 2 octobre 2011
Par John G. - Publié sur Amazon.com
This is a fantastic book...but it may never become the widely-read classic it deserves to be. The reason is that it is written "inspired by" the language of Martin Heidegger's existentialist masterpiece Being & Time. If you've never read Being & Time you might struggle to make sense of the significance of such terms as "Being Alone" and "Inauthentic Being-with-Others." These terms, and many like them, were used and fleshed out in Being & Time. Without this background the reader could perhaps miss the full picture that Batchelor is trying to convey. I don't mean this as a value judgment - you have either read Heidegger or you haven't. I've read Heidegger, but not Wittgenstein, for example. No shame in that. I took a class on Heidegger's Being & Time while in college. I found it to be both the most difficult book I've ever read and one of the most rewarding. Because of this previous exposure to Heidegger, I was able to get right into Batchelor's flow in this wonderful book. Perhaps I am wrong about this. I wouldn't want to discourage anyone from reading this book. It really is a little masterpiece.

In any case, Batchelor does a wonderful job of contrasting Authentic and Inauthentic Being Alone and Being with Others. If you have had exposure to Existentialist thinking, particularly Heidegger and are interested in an analysis of Buddhism using that terminology and approach, then this is THE book for you.
18 internautes sur 20 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Compelling synthesis on Buddhism 30 juillet 2010
Par fotochop - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I've read this book three times and each time I get more out of the reading. The author is able to break down, explain, and connect the various Buddhist approaches with insight and clarity. Sometimes the language and references can be challenging (there's a glossary in the back) but his take on the commonalities of Buddhism and Christianity are some of the best and they are motivating me to read Paul Tillich, John MacQuarrie, and Martin Heidegger just to find out more. Highly recommended reading.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fascinating, but requires some previous knowledge 16 août 2011
Par b in MA - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The author, who is very knowledgeable about the subject, helps explain why Buddha talked about despair and anguish and offers some insight into how the human condition can improve using Siddhartha's methods. He demonstrates how we can be alone and yet, at the same time, depend so much on being with others. if you already have some knowledge of Buddhism, this is a fascinating book. If not, you might have some rough going with it and it will take some effort for you to follow Bachelor's logic. There are other books by Bachelor which are more accessible.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Demythologized Buddhism 25 août 2014
Par not me - Publié sur Amazon.com
In "Alone with Others," Stephen Batchelor reconceptualizes Buddhism in an effort to align it with modern Western sensibilities. Buddhism, he says, is an existential response to existential questions about the meaning of life. It teaches that compassion for others is the optimum mode of human existence, and a path to overcoming nihilism and inauthenticity. Buddhism is false to itself whenever it forgets its human roots and becomes ensnared in legalism, ritualism, or metaphysical speculation.

I've read "Alone with Others" three times over the years. It's thoughtful and clearly written, if a bit abstract (ironically so, for a book that argues that religion must address concrete human concerns). I enjoyed it but I suspect that many traditional Buddhists won't like it at all. The concepts of karma and reincarnation do not appear, and many footnotes refer to Heidegger, Tillich, and MacQuarrie, not to Buddhist thinkers. It all sounds like demythologized Christianity to me.
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