What the Buddha Taught

What the Buddha Taught Review

This indispensable volume is a lucid and faithful account of the Buddha’s teachings. “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.”

This edition contains a selection of illustrative texts from the Suttas and the Dhammapada (specially translated by the author), sixteen illustrations, and a bibliography, glossary and index.

Title:What the Buddha Taught
Edition Language:English

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    What the Buddha Taught Reviews

  • Sean Barrs the Bookdragon

    As strange as it may sound, many of the books I’ve read on Buddhism do not actually pay much attention to Siddhartha- the Gautama Buddha himself. Normally the prose is driven by explanations of the ...

  • Riku Sayuj

    Invitation Complications orWho is the Best Spokesperson for a Religion?Who can write about a religion best? An insider or an outsider? Obviously it takes a lifetime’s learning to understand the rel...

  • Louise

    Everyone should read this at least once if they're even remotely interested in Buddhism. The first few chapters contain a straightforward introduction to Buddhism that's neither preachy nor touchy-fee...

  • Erik Graff

    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 sens...

  • Bill Viall

    This is the only worthwhile book on Buddhism I've come across. Other books I've read wallow in touchy-feely mumbo-jumbo. Rahula is straight forward, treating Buddhism not as witchcraft or God's though...

  • Henry

    Finished Reading What the Buddha Taught (Original English Version)I read the Chinese version of Ven. Walpola Rahula’s What the Buddha Taught for several times. I have to say the translation is just ...

  • A

    I wish I had read this book several years ago, when my interest in Buddhism was reignited and I began to study it seriously. While I have read a few good books and resources that outlined Buddhist pra...

  • Joe

    Review:January 2007The Practice of Buddhism is the Heart of BuddhismThe first thing that strikes one upon reading this text is the entirely this-worldly character of Buddhist thought. Like the philoso...

  • Steven

    This book was recommended to me as an ideal book for a newcomer to Buddhism. It definitely lived up to its recommendation and then some. Very clear and concise descriptions from the author, which lef...

  • Edith Hope

    The first book I've ever read about Buddhism. It feels strange to rate something like this, as I have nothing to compare it to. Still, I found it fascinating, clear and soothing. I am very interested ...