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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Wisely, the author also added to this edition useful translations of some well-chosen suttas and excerpts from the Dhammapada, making the book into a fantastic resource, a complete introduction – setting right misconceptions, living up to the title, sans folk wisdom. They want to and are able to learn more. I’ve assigned this in several philosophy courses, and if I supplement it with a few arguments from other sources like Steven Collins’s Selfless Persons or Mark Siderits’s Buddhism as Philosophyit does the job admirably.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. A little dense but okay. The one drawback is that Rahula spends less time than I would like on Buddhist philosophers’ arguments in favor of these views, although when it comes to describing the views themselves he is unsurpassed.

Easily the best introductory text for Buddhism.

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But by that he cannot proceed to the absolute conclusion: It definitely lived up to its recommendation and then some. My library Help Advanced Book Search. A reminder that Buddhism is lacking a celestial dictator.

View all 8 comments. While it’s not exactly straight from the horse’s rqhula because Buddha’s teachings are still coming through a translator, Tauhht felt the principles of the book were as raw as one could get it without personally sitting under a bodhi tree with Buddha himself.

If a person is healthy he needs no medicine at all. I expected this book to answer a couple of questions I had about what happened after death, and if everyone really does have a soul short answers: I will preface that I’m not walpla Buddhist, nor was I persuaded to become a Buddhist. I can make educated estimates based on the evidence and qualified by a healthy caution in the recognition that I will ever tend to impose my own values and worldview on the past, but they are ultimately untestable hypotheses.


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The author most of the time sticks to presenting ideas, with relevant The author is obviously a practitioner and a Buddhist monk, so he paints a rosy picture of Buddha and his teachings. Everyone should read this at least once if they’re even remotely interested in Buddhism.

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. Why doesn’t the Buddha answer these questions?

What the Buddha Taught

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. In the Buddha the moderation inherent in philosophical practice triumphed, but in the world around us it is the mania of theory and speculation that has triumphed. Some book I read earlier even gave me a false impression of Buddhism.

The society has translated quite some Buddhist works published in the West from original English version to Chinese. These few leaves in my hand or the leaves in the forest over here? I’d be curious to visit a place of worship to rahuoa some of the other things more fully explained to me.

On the whole, this book gave me what I wanted: Lists with This Book. Thanks for telling us about the problem. He analyses the four noble truths, the crux of Buddhist teachings, in real detail. 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.


One of things he said was given the resemblance of religious signs, images and status on two sides of the Himalayas, Tibetan Buddhism just copied from Hinduism. I was very pleasantly surprised to discover that I could. The Parable of the Piece of Cloth Vattbiipamasutta. Which transl This book made clear to me how challenging it’s going to be to get a true picture of the Buddha and Buddhism because I’ll be reading everything in translation.

Grove Press- Religion – pages. I think also that this book could have corrected some confusion and misunderstandings that took a while for me to get through. For example, my trust was eroded by the author’s statement “That is why there is not a single example of persecution or the shedding of a drop of blood in converting people to Buddhism. Then what, Malunkyaputta, have I explained? The rest can be kept for later, if the guest decides to stay awhile. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you tauvht to read.

The psychology of consciousness Robert Evan Ornstein Snippet view – This book, in my opinion, shows Buddhism at its most basic, before it acquired all the baggage of different cultures.

Walpola Rahula: What the Buddha Taught

To ask other readers questions about What the Buddha Taughtplease sign up. According to our author, Walpola Sri Rahula, the Buddha teaches that, “man’s emancipation depends on his own realization of the truth, and not on the benevolent grace of a god or any external power If you want depth, then you may not be fully satisfied by the book but it does whet the appetite for further teaching. So far he respects truth. No, the reason the Buddha didn’t let the Jain Upali convert was that he was sent to debate him by Jaina Mahavira himself and such eahula conversion could only lead to conflict.