Former Zen Monk and well-known Buddhist scholar, Steven Batchelor presents a fascinating view of a secular Buddhism stripped of the metaphysical and ontological aspects. Utilizing the earliest texts in the original Pali, he presents the teachings of a very human Siddhartha Gotama, not the mystical god-like Buddha. Here is a dharma before it was colored by the influence of Indian Brahmanism, as well as the that of Taoism, Confucianism, Shinto and the indigenous Bon religion of Tibet, as the dharma spread from the Indian subcontinent. Here is a non-dogmatic, non-religious dharma that maintains the goal of the elimination of suffering without the baggage of the cycle of rebirth and the effects of karma - a philosophical Buddhism for a secular age.
A renowned Buddhist teacher's magnum opus, based on his fresh reading of the tradition's earliest texts