What the Buddha Taught: Revised and Expanded Edition with Texts from Suttas and Dhammapada [Walpola Rahula] on *FREE* shipping on. Dr. Rahula’s What the Buddha Taught fills the need as only could be done by A classic introductory book to Buddhism, What the Buddha Taught, contains a. The Venerable Dr. Walpola Sri Rahula, himself a Buddhist monk and scholar, received the traditional monastic training and education in his.

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But as a bibliophile, some books become friends, and this book is one of my good friends.

What the Buddha Taught

This is why every age needs to reinterpret its holy texts and greatest works. You may call me on my ad hominem if you like, but that turned my head When I started reading this text, I honestly thought I had the wrong book, not the guide recommended by the local Zen master.

In a nutshell, no one can grant adulthood to you – you must achieve it yourself. He is a colleague of prominent Chinese Buddhist scholar Dr. Transient are conditioned things. Our author tells a wonderful story about what the Buddha knew and what he taught: One day it may well be said that western philosophy showed everything except the ‘practical truths’ that the Buddha held in his hand. Meditation, for rahuka, is not a mind emptying experience as much as it faught a focus on self.

Nice introduction to Buddhism. It served as notice that I needed to open my mind, that there was value in text that seemed rahual general at first glance. He analyses the four noble truths, the crux of Buddhist teachings, in real detail. Clear, concise and easy to read. While I have read a few good books and resources that outlined Buddhist practice and belief, none have encompassed quite so much in such a tight and direct manner.

Everything starts with those four concepts. I benefited especially from his clarification of the meaning of Nibbaana, as well as his exposition of Anatta or Non-Self – his exposition of these difficult-to-grasp doctrines is one of the clearer and more understandable attempts I have come across Dr Rahula is very clear about what the Buddha taught and what he did not teach – he clarifies many misunderstandings of the teaching and, like the Buddha whom he quotes liberally, does not mince his words and does not hesitate to call a fool a fool.


Because that is not useful This edition contains a selection of illustrative texts from the Suttas and the Dhammapada specially translated rahhula the authorsixteen illustrations, and a bibliography, glossary and index. By culling bits from the Dhammapada and Suttas, Rahula also helps guide you through some overwhelming and highly repetitive walls of text, directing you to the important bits that helps expand on the basics.

With Jesus, as with the biblical traditions as a whole, I know a lot more than I do about Buddhism or any other religion for that matter–enough to know that I don’t know and probably cannot know what Jesus himself believed and taught. They want to and are able to learn more.

The author is missing from. As a result, his discussion of the Noble Eightfold Path lacks the kind of truly original insight and contribution that can illuminate and deepen practice. Francis Fish Questions are part of the tradition.

One of the big things I gained was a greater appreciation for the breadth and depth of Pali words used in Buddhism such as dukkha. Today, we who are influenced by philosophy would, following budfha Buddha on this point, speak of the abyss that seemingly forever looms between theory and practice.

Chang wrote the preface for the Chinese version of What the Buddha Taught. Then what, Malunkyaputta, have I explained? The Buddha laughed that people carry their rafts ideologies rahkla revelations when they are no longer needed, but today, the various possessors of ‘truth’ even use the rafts as an excuse to hate and kill.

I practice both mindfulness and detachment, and it was discussed in some detail.

I wish I had read this book several years ago, when my interest in Buddhism was reignited and I began to study it rahuka. Then surely the insider is the one best placed wwalpola introduce others to this sacred mystery? Buxdha does not falsely lull you into living in a fool’s paradise, nor does it frighten and agonize you with all kinds of imaginary fears and sins.

Still, I found it fascinating, clear and soothing. It was a good lesson. That is why I have not told you about them. Rahula explains complex topics of Buddhist philosophy in an elegant, thoug For a long time whenever people ask me for something to read about basic Buddhist ideas, this has been the book I’ve recommended.


But if you want to know the essentials of Buddhism, this is a great place to start. Maybe, but not now, cuz I have a long bibliography to spend time with. I am sure many of his readers are women, after all. How can he inhabit his viewpoint and judge what would suit him best? And in any case, since we are going down this road, who can understand both – the ancient house and the modern visitor?

But there is not a sense of distance between the ideas and the man who formulated them; it does not sound like a vague philosophy that has been watered down over the years by constant re-writings: Maintaining, as I recall, that the oldest Pali texts and the Theravada tradition were, if anything, practical and antimetaphysical–as opposed, say, to later Mahayana tendencies, these books disposed me favorably to Buddhism in its supposedly “original” formu This book, assigned for a class entitled “Introduction to Eastern Religions” at Grinnell College, was influential, along with Coomaraswamy’s Buddha and the Gospel of Buddhism, in first shaping my sense of what that “religion” was all about.

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I was so happy to know that my guru Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche included this book in this bibliography for his students. The man who gathers only the flowers of sense pleasureswhose mind is entangled, death carries him away as a great flood a sleeping village. That’s buddhx thing, maybe I shouldn’t worry about the taugt that I’ll be getting everything through a third party’s translation because WORDS, for the Buddha, couldn’t convey the full truth well, I’ve been taught something so far anyway.

That is why I have not told you those things’.

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