NOTE: This post is an opinion not a book review. Heloise talks trash about Obama–so I don’t think Stephen Batchelor is eligible for a pass on criticism of his work/opinions. If my methods or language offend, sorry that’s just me. Anyone is welcome to submit comments, with approval. I am not putting the man down it is not a personal attack—just his new take on the laws of rebirth. I used to read his books until I wrote my own.
great article on the subject of Batchelor’s new teachings, if you want to call them that. Here’s link to his website: http://www.stephenbatchelor.org/
Also an interview: http://www.tricycle.com/reviews/secular-buddhism
Here’s his latest book
Confession of a Buddhist Atheist
He and his wife are traveling all over the world lecturing, ala Blavatsky and Olcott about his new non beliefs in the law of rebirth. In fact I am going to stop calling it “rebirth” but always use “the law of Rebirth.” Just like the law of gravity on earth and in the universe it is infallible and guides our lives. It is hiding, dear folks in plain sight. That is why no one sees it. It is truly complex, non linear and utterly fascinating. Those who don’t know it or the laws that govern it should STFU about it. And that includes “esteemed” “educated” “buddhists” such as the Batchelors. Yeah, I am calling you out in the name of one of my past lives “HPB.” See you in southwestern France when I get there.
My take: no one is buying this new formulation of uber atheistic Buddhism where the Buddha is stripped of his karmic and rebirth robes. His Buddha is a naked emperor and I for one ain’t buying this Batchelor bullshit.
A spiritual anecdote: When I was active at my old yahoo website “Theosophy Talks Truth” I encountered people who were following the path and guru, forgot his name will look up, that taught “Who Am I?” and that sort of inquiry and meditation. I did their practice for a few weeks. I experienced the “nothingness” they talk about and went on the inner plane and even met their guru who touched my lotus feet and I did the same. We recognized each other as teacher. When I was done with that experience I told them: I’ve been there, done that. What else you got? Needless to say it was not satisfying spiritually. I have documented that experience there and one day will look for it and post it.
Here’s a passage I just found on rebirth and the burden of proof on the scientific world to prove its “nonexistence”
His Holiness the Dalai Lama has said that if certain points do not correspond to reality, he is willing for them to be eliminated from Buddhism. This applies to rebirth as well. In fact, he made this statement originally in that context. If scientists can prove that rebirth does not exist, then we must give up believing it to be true. However, if scientists cannot prove it false, then because they follow logic and the scientific method, which is open to understanding new things, they must investigate whether it does exist. To prove that rebirth does not exist, they would have to find its nonexistence. Just saying, “Rebirth does not exist because I do not see it with my eyes” is not finding the nonexistence of rebirth. Many things exist that we cannot see with our eyes.
I am doing a little online research as I read to review a new book on Scientology “Inside Scientology” that really blows the covers off cult creators such as LRH. And I ran across this article. See above link.
This guy is A rebirth denier. A rebirther if you will so he is stupidly trying to rewrite and reinvent Buddhism and the Buddha as incompatible with the law of rebirth and the laws of karma. So I say those who don’t know who are proven outsiders leech off true teachers and change their teaching to suit themselves. He has become the laughing stock of those who know the Buddha was all about rebirth and spent the first talks about his recovered past lives after he sat in meditation to become the first insider. Take that Stephen.
- Unbelieving the Buddha ~ A Guest post by Robert McClure (zendirtzendust.com)
- Book Review: Confessions of a Buddhist Atheist (thequietvoiceofreason.wordpress.com)
- Do zen buddhists belive in rebirth (wiki.answers.com)
- Rebirth and Nirvana (budhaworld.wordpress.com)