Confession of a Buddhist Atheist

Job #39391

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Job # 39391 Confession of a Buddhist Atheist

Posted Date
Jul 21, 2011 @ 01:10
Respond By
Jul 22, 2011
Word Count
-
Budget
$1000 - $2500
Language
English (British)
Gender
Male
Age Range
-
Category
Audiobooks

Job Description

This recording will be made into an Audiobook for Audible.com/Amazon. Please send us an mp3 audition no longer than 5 minutes.



Details:



Confession of a Buddhist Atheist

By Stephen Batchelor



Estimated Length:

13.6 hours



Inspired by his recent translation of the Pali Canon, the first recorded document of the Buddha's life, Stephen Batchelor offers a groundbreaking new portrait of the historical Buddha. In examining the ancient text, he also looks at his own personal journey through Buddhism--from a questioning monk to interpreter and critic of Buddhist thought. The crux of this book comes with the understanding that the Buddha was a man who looked at human life in a radically new way, with an unequivocally secular outlook far removed from the piety and religiosity that has come to define modern Buddhism. Going beyond the agnosticism proposed in his classic Buddhism Without Beliefs, Confession of a Buddhist Atheist presents the teachings of the historical Buddha as consistent with radical atheism, yet with a deep spiritual core.



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Genre:

Religion & Spirituality

Fiction/Nonfiction:

Nonfiction

Gender:

Male

Language:

English

Character Age:

Adult

Accent:

British-General British

Vocal Style:

Straightforward





Comments from the Rights Holder:

Narration includes Buddhist terminology.



STEPHEN BATCHELOR is a former monk in the Tibetan and Zen traditions and the author of the national bestseller Buddhism Without Beliefs.



-BRILLIANT AUTHOR: Stephen Batchelor is known as one of the most brilliant Buddhist thinkers of our time. This is the first time he has written about his own life--this is an unflinchingly honest portrait of a Westerner who became a Buddhist monk and who reflects honestly about his ambivalent feelings toward the Tibetan Buddhist establishment.



-HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE: Batchelor gives us a rare glimpse at the historical Buddha--a mythic figure whose historical identity has generally been misunderstood.



-PERSONAL STORY: This is also Stephen Batchelor's own story, a fascinating account of his personal journey through Buddhism, from his decision to become a monk at the age of eighteen to his ultimate return to lay life a decade later. It compellingly evokes the era of the 1960s, and the "seeker" counterculture that Batchelor was a part of.

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