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What the Buddha Taught: Revised and Expanded…

What the Buddha Taught: Revised and Expanded Edition with Texts from… (1959)

by Walpola Rahula

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On the whole, this book gave me what I wanted: the straightforward low-down on Buddhism from a clear Buddhist. Well, almost. The author most of the time sticks to presenting ideas, with relevant quotations for our consideration - he mostly stays away from forceful argument, yet does indulge in a lot of repetition... perhaps a reflection of Buddhism itself. However a line here or there spoils the effort, as pointed out by others, when he seems to betray a haughtiness.

Another point that quite bothered me is that he often criticises others for fussing meaninglessly over words without making content clear, whilst displaying this exact behaviour himself: "Of course, not in a petty individual self with small s, but in a big Self with a capital S"

The pictures did nothing for me.

Oh and this is the silliest line: "His reply was highly philosophical and beyond comprehension"

It's nice to see the Buddhist texts at the end. ( )
  jculkin | Feb 1, 2016 |
  OberlinSWAP | Aug 1, 2015 |
The first couple of chapters in this book are missing. Chapter III start with the Second Noble Truth, on page 29.
  LakeSuperiorZendo | Mar 2, 2014 |
This was a great introduction to Buddhism. Way of life or philosophy more than religion. ( )
  avogl | Jun 19, 2013 |
A Therevada Buddhist monk lays out the basic doctrine of that tradition, to which most varieties of Buddhism you're likely to encounter owe some debt. ( )
  phrontist | Jun 1, 2011 |
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Among the founders of religions the Buddha (if we are permitted to call him the founder of a religion in the popular sense of the term) was the only teacher who did not claim to be other than a human being, pure and simple.
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275 p. : tu ; 19 cm.
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Beneath the enormous umbrella of Buddhism, there is a diverse galaxy of customs and beliefs, but there is also a kernel of truth that every sect holds dear. Rahula Walpola, scholar and monk, discovers this foundation of Buddhism for us first through straightforward explication, never skipping over a point that has yet to be substantiated, then through translations from key scriptures. Logical and focused, these are the essentials of Buddhism; know them first, then move comfortably on to other Buddhist works.

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Drawing on the words actually spoken by the Buddha, Rahula gives a full account of his fundamental teachings, from the Buddhist attitude of mind and meditation to the Buddha's teaching in the contemporary world.

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