Living with the Devil: A Buddhist Meditation on Good and Evil

Living with the Devil: A Buddhist Meditation on Good and Evil


By (author) Stephen Batchelor

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  • Publisher: Riverhead Books,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 203mm x 18mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 16 June 2005
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1594480877
  • ISBN 13: 9781594480874
  • Edition: 1
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 73,272

Product description

Stephen Batchelor's seminal work on humanity's struggle between good and evil In the national bestseller "Living with the Devil," Batchelor traces the trajectory from the words of the Buddha and Christ, through the writings of Shantideva, Milton, and Pascal, to the poetry of Baudelaire, the fiction of Kafka, and the findings of modern physics and evolutionary biology to examine who we really are, and to rest in the uncertainty that we may never know. Like his previous bestseller, "Buddhism without Beliefs," "Living with the Devil" is also an introduction to Buddhism that encourages readers to nourish their "buddha nature" and make peace with the devils that haunt human life. He tells a poetic and provocative tale about living with life's contradictions that will challenge you to live your life as an existence imbued with purpose, freedom, and compassion--rather than habitual self-interest and fear.

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Author information

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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Opens the doors of understanding we might not even have known were illuminating read. (Joseph Goldstein, author of "One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism") A moving and timely study of the problem of evil from a Buddhist perspective...highly illuminating. ("Library Journal")