Stephen Batchelor is a former monk in the Tibetan and Zen traditions and the author of books including Alone with Others, The Faith to Doubt, The Awakening of the West, Buddhism Without Beliefs, and Living with the Devil. He lives with his wife, Martine, in southwestern France and lectures and conducts meditation retreats throughout the world. From the Hardcover edition.
"A moving and thoughtful book that does not fear to challenge."--The Guardian (U.K.) "In this honest and serious book of self-examination and critical scrutiny, Stephen Batchelor adds the universe of Buddhism to the many fields in which received truth and blind faith are now giving way to ethical and scientific humanism, in which lies our only real hope."--Christopher Hitchens "[Batchelor] taps his committed thirty-eight-year personal Buddhist practice to inform the book's sense of wisdom, clarity and insight. . . . An emotionally detailed and compelling account."--The Huffington Post