Verses from the Center: A Buddhist Vision of the Sublime

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Riverhead Books, 2000 - Poetry - 181 pages
"Stephen Batchelor, turns his attention to the Buddha's central insight into the nature of things, and brings a new understanding of it to the West. Looking into this chaos of existence, Batchelor does not see it as something fearfully out of control, but recognizes it as a vision of the sublime. He brings his unique qualifications as scholar, teacher, translator, and former monk to the exploration of the history of this vision, and connects it to the vision of the sublime already embedded in Western poetry, literature, and culture. He also provides the reader with translations of the most important Buddhist poems written on the subject: those of the second-century philosopher-monk Nagarjuna."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Not a literal, but a 'poetic translation', of verses composed by the second-century Buddhist Nagarjuna. The verses can bring instant insight if you're in the right frame of mind, or comletely baffle ... Read full review

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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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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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