What the Buddha Taught

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Grove Press, 1974 - Religion - 151 pages
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This comprehensive, compact, lucid, and faithful account of the Buddha's teachings persistently enjoys great popularity in colleges, universities, and theological schools both here and abroad. ?An exposition of Buddhism conceived in a resolutely modern spirit.”?from the Foreword.

?For years,” says the Journal of the Buddhist Society, ?the newcomer to Buddhism has lacked a simple and reliable introduction to the complexities of the subject. Dr. Rahula's What the Buddha Taught fills the need as only could be done by one having a firm grasp of the vast material to be sifted. It is a model of what a book should be that is addressed first of all to ?the educated and intelligent reader.' Authoritative and clear, logical and sober, this study is as comprehensive as it is masterly.”

A classic introductory book to Buddhism, What the Buddha Taught, contains a selection of illustrative texts from the original Pali texts, including the Suttas and the Dhammapada (specially translated by the author), sixteen illustrations, and a bibliography, glossary, and index.
 

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User Review  - jculkin - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - FlorenceArt - LibraryThing

It's hard for me to give a rating since this is the firs book I read about Buddhism, but it seems like a great introduction to me, very readable but with enough depth for me to feel that I really know more about it after finishing the book (OK, not hard, but still). Read full review

Contents

THE FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS
13
CHAPTER III
29
CHAPTER IV
35
CHAPTER V
45
Anatta
51
CHAPTER VII
61
Bhdvana
67
CHAPTER VIII
76
Universal Love Mettasutta
97
The Parable of the Piece of Cloth Vatthupamasntta
106
Advice to Sigala Sigalovddasutta
119
The Words of Truth Dhammapada
125
The Last Words of the Buddha from the Mabaparinibbana
136
Glossary
142
Index
148
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