Confession of a Buddhist Atheist is a personal account of the author’s thirty-eight year engagement with Buddhism. The first part of the book (Monk) follows the author’s journey from his departure from England at the age of 18, his first meeting with the Dalai Lama in 1972, his six years training as a Tibetan Buddhist monk, his disillusion with the Tibetan tradition and departure for a three year Zen training as a monk in South Korea. The second part (Layman) recounts the author’s return to lay life in Europe and focuses on his quest to find out who was Siddhattha Gotama, the historic Buddha, and discover what is truly distinctive in his teaching. This quest interweaves reflections on early Buddhist doctrine, a journey through modern India to visit the sacred sites of Buddhism, and a detailed reconstruction of the Buddha’s life on the basis of the Pali Canon.
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1. Online Reviews and Blogs
The New Buddhist Atheism by Mark Vernon (Guardian Online: 10 March, 2010) http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2010/mar/10/buddhism-atheism-hitchens
Book Review: “Confession of a Buddhist Atheist” by Stephen Batchelor by Vinod George Joseph (Blog: 31 March, 2010) http://winnowed.blogspot.com/2010/03/book-review-confession-of-buddhist.html
Questioning is the Piety of Thought by Andrew Goodwin (Blog: 9 April, 2010) http://professorofpop.blogspot.com/2010/04/questioning-is-piety-of-thought.html
A Very Impressive Gentleman by Guy Zimmerman (Blog: 12 April, 2010) http://www.timesquotidian.com/2010/04/12/a-very-impressive-gentleman/
Buddhist Backlash: Stephen Batchelor Braves the Storm by James Rotondi (Huffington Post: 20 April, 2010) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-rotondi/buddhist-backlash-stephen_b_521675.html
Losing My Religion by Peter Manseau (BookForum: April/May, 2010) http://www.bookforum.com/inprint/017_01/5383
2. Published Interviews
Compilers Ignored Historical Chronology. Interview with Stephen Batchelor for Outlook(India) by Sheela Reddy. (March 8, 2010) http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?264459
Confessions of a Buddhist Atheist: The Fascinating Spiritual Journey of former Buddhist monk Stephen Batchelor. Interviewed by Dan Harris for ABC News. (9 March, 2010) http://abcnews.go.com/US/video/confessions-buddhist-atheist-10050697
Stephen Batchelor: Confession of a Buddhist Atheist (book reading and discussion at Book Passage, Corte Madera, California, 19 March, 2010) http://fora.tv/2010/03/19/Stephen_Batchelor_Confession_of_a_Buddhist_Atheist
Stephen Batchelor. Confession of a Buddhist Atheist. Talk and reading given at the book launch at New York Insight, New York, 4 March, 2010. http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/169/talk/8455/
Confession of a Buddhist Atheist (1) at Against the Stream, Los Angeles, 18 March, 2010. http://againstthestream.org/components/com_podcast/media/20100318_StephenBatchelor_Talk.mp3
Stephen Batchelor on Buddhism and Science, interview with Michael Bergeisen, March, 2010. http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/gg_live/gg_podcast/podcast/stephen_batchelor/
The Buddhist Atheist, Stephen Batchelor interviewed for Buddhist Geeks by Vince Horn, June, 2010. http://www.buddhistgeeks.com/2010/06/bg-175-the-buddhist-atheist/
Confession of a Buddhist Atheist (2), Stephen Batchelor interviewed for The Marketplace of Ideas by Colin Marshall, June, 2010. Ref. no. 10.06.03. http://www.colinmarshallradio.com/marketplace/archive.htm
Great Doubt, Great Confidence, Great Courage, Stephen Batchelor interviewed for Sounds True: Insights at the Edge by Tami Simon, July 6, 2010. http://www.soundstrue.com/podcast/?p=1793
Secular Buddhism Arising, Stephen Batchelor interviewed by Ted Meissen for The Secular Buddhist, August, 2010. http://www.thesecularbuddhist.com/episode_024.php
5. Foreign Language Editions
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