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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User Review  - Mckinley - Goodreads

Disappointing. This is not a translation of Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamakakarika. It is an oddly framed up 80 page widely ranging introduction with 50 pages of poems that Batchelor drafted. I don't think ... Read full review

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User Review  - Philippe Desaulniers - Goodreads

3.5, actually. Very interesting intro by the author. Then the verses themselves sort of disappointed. Too repetitive, and they didn't feel as rich as the explanation that was done of them in the intro. Maybe it's a translation problem. Maybe I just didn't get it. 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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