Verses from the Center: A Buddhist Vision of the Sublime

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Riverhead Books, 2001 - Poetry - 181 pages
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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.

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Verses from the center: a Buddhist vision of the sublime

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The close here refers to a sacred place and the religious community that occupies it. In this memoir, Breyer (founder of the community-activist publication Who Cares) takes us to her close, the ... Read full review

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Buddhist poetry with an existential tinge. Emptiness and contingency are the main subjects here. Contains a very lengthy and interesting introduction by Stephen Batchelor. Read full review

About the author (2001)

Stephen Batchelor is a former monk in the Tibetan and Zen traditions and the author of the national bestseller Buddhism Without Beliefs. He lectures and conducts meditation retreats worldwide, and is a contributing editor for Tricycle.

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