Verses from the Center: A Buddhist Vision of the Sublime

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Riverhead Books, 2000 - Poetry - 181 pages
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"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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Review: Verses from the Center: A Buddhist Vision of the Sublime

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


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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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