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

4.03 avg rating
( 438 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781594480874: Living with the Devil: A Buddhist Meditation On Good and Evil
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

In best-selling author and former monk Stephen Batchelor's seminal work on our greatest struggle - to become good - he 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. Whether we are religious or not the Devil - evil incarnate - is a concept that can still strike fear in our hearts. What if he does exist? What if he is causing all our problems in his determination to keep us from reaching our full potential? Stephen Batchelor takes the concept of the Devil out of literature and history and brings him to life in his many forms and guises: the flatterer the playmate the caring friend the stranger who offers rest and solace the person who knows you best and shows you your greatness in the world. And most of all as the great obstructer that blocks all paths to goodness and true humility. For the first time Batchelor fuses Western literature - Milton Keats Baudelaire - with Buddhism and the Judeo-Christian traditions in a poetic exploration of the struggle with the concept and reality of evil. LIVING WITH THE DEVIL reveals the voice of a new poet and philosopher for our times.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

"A moving and timely study of the problem of evil from a Buddhist perspective. [Batchelor] draws deeply on traditional Buddhist insights as well as stories from the legends surrounding the Buddha's life to suggest that our need to divide experience into good and evil is itself the problem... Rejecting this violence and its dualities, Batchelor suggests, will leave us free for true awareness... highly illuminating." -Library Journal

"It's fantastic. Magnificent even. What an achievement! This is an astonishing work, one that I will recommend over and over again. It is a rare treat to be offered such thoughtful, engaging, lucid, and clarifying prose." -Mark Epstein, M.D., author of Thoughts Without a Thinker

"The author of Buddhism Without Beliefs and a former monk in the Tibetan and Zen traditions, Batchelor... demonstrates how the anguish associated with the transient nature of life has preoccupied humans for centuries... that mankind has always relied on the temptations of the devil to still anxiety and create an aura of permanence. Although he explores a number of philosophies, Batchelor's focus is on the path to nirvana (a cessation of desires)... [His] genuine concern and desire for a better world come through clearly." -Publishers Weekly

"Opens doors of understanding we might not even have known were closed... an illuminating read." -Joseph Goldstein author of Our Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism

"A revolutionary text, a classic, and a must-read." -Joan Halifax, author of Shamanic Voices

Synopsis:

A best selling Buddhist philosopher offers a personal meditation of extraordinary insight. A revolutionary text, a classic, a must read. Whether we are religious or not, the Devil evil incarnate is a concept that can still strike fear in our hearts. What if he does exist? What if he is causing all our problems in his determination to keep us from reaching our full potential? Stephen Batchelor takes the concept of the Devil out of literature and history and brings him to life in his many forms and guises: the flatterer, the playmate, the caring friend, the stranger who offers rest and solace, the person who knows you best and shows you your greatness in the world. And, most of all, as the great obstructer that blocks all paths to greatness and true humility. For the first time, Batchelor fuses Western literature, Milton, Keats, Baudelaire with Buddhism and the Judeo-Christian traditions in a poetic exploration of the struggle with the concept and reality of evil. "Living With The Devil" reveals the voice of new poet and philosopher for our times.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

Stock Image

1.

Batchelor, Stephen
Published by Riverhead Books
ISBN 10: 1594480877 ISBN 13: 9781594480874
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Last Word Books
(Olympia, WA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Riverhead Books. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 1594480877 Brand New, satisfaction guaranteed. Last Word Books & Press is an Infamous Independent Bookstore and Print Shop located in Olympia, Washington. Seller Inventory # SKU20155110

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
7.64
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.89
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

2.

Stephen Batchelor
Published by Riverhead Books (2005)
ISBN 10: 1594480877 ISBN 13: 9781594480874
New Softcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
booksXpress
(Freehold, NJ, U.S.A.)

Book Description Riverhead Books, 2005. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 9781594480874

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
10.78
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

3.

Stephen Batchelor
Published by Penguin Putnam Inc, United States (2005)
ISBN 10: 1594480877 ISBN 13: 9781594480874
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description Penguin Putnam Inc, United States, 2005. Paperback. Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English. Brand new Book. 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. Seller Inventory # ADB9781594480874

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
11.03
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

4.

Stephen Batchelor
Published by Penguin Random House
ISBN 10: 1594480877 ISBN 13: 9781594480874
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)

Book Description Penguin Random House. Condition: New. Brand New. Seller Inventory # 1594480877

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
8.38
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.97
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

5.

Batchelor, Stephen
Published by Riverhead Books
ISBN 10: 1594480877 ISBN 13: 9781594480874
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
BookShop4U
(PHILADELPHIA, PA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Riverhead Books. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 1594480877. Seller Inventory # Z1594480877ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
11.41
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

6.

Batchelor, Stephen
ISBN 10: 1594480877 ISBN 13: 9781594480874
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
GreatBookPrices
(Columbia, MD, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 3222396-n

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
9.35
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.18
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Seller Image

7.

Batchelor, Stephen
Published by Riverhead Books 6/7/2005 (2005)
ISBN 10: 1594480877 ISBN 13: 9781594480874
New Paperback or Softback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)

Book Description Riverhead Books 6/7/2005, 2005. Paperback or Softback. Condition: New. Living with the Devil: A Meditation on Good and Evil. Book. Seller Inventory # BBS-9781594480874

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
11.73
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

8.

Batchelor, Stephen
Published by Riverhead Books (2005)
ISBN 10: 1594480877 ISBN 13: 9781594480874
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL, U.S.A.)

Book Description Riverhead Books, 2005. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # 1594480877

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
12.09
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

9.

Batchelor, Stephen
Published by Riverhead Books
ISBN 10: 1594480877 ISBN 13: 9781594480874
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Mediaoutlet12345
(Springfield, VA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Riverhead Books. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 1594480877 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Seller Inventory # SWATI212A0194586

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
9.44
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.29
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

10.

Stephen Batchelor
Published by Penguin Putnam Inc, United States (2005)
ISBN 10: 1594480877 ISBN 13: 9781594480874
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description Penguin Putnam Inc, United States, 2005. Paperback. Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English. Brand new Book. 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. Seller Inventory # ADB9781594480874

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
13.27
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book