Does Buddhism require faith? Can an atheist or agnostic follow the Buddhaâ€™s teachings without believing in reincarnation or organized religion? Â This is one manâ€™s confession. Â In his classic Buddhism Without Beliefs, Stephen Batchelor offered a profound, secular approach to the teachings of the Buddha that struck an emotional chord with Western readers. Now, with the same brilliance and boldness of thought, he paints a groundbreaking portrait of the historical Buddhaâ€”told from the authorâ€™s unique perspective as a former Buddhist monk and modern seeker. Drawing from the original Pali Canon, the seminal collection of Buddhist discourses compiled after the Buddhaâ€™s death by his followers, Batchelor shows us the Buddha as a flesh-and-blood man who looked at life in a radically new way. Batchelor also reveals the everyday challenges and doubts of his own devotional journeyâ€”from meeting the Dalai Lama in India, to training as a Zen monk in Korea, to finding his path as a lay teacher of Buddhism living in France. Both controversial and deeply personal, Stephen Batchelorâ€™s refreshingly doctrine-free, life-informed account is essential reading for anyone interested in Buddhism.