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Without any meditation experience, I think this book might be a bit too difficult to grasp; having taken a Vipassana course, I still found the concepts difficult to grasp but greatly appreciated the author’s explanations.

Mahayana needs Therevada, and Vajrayana needs both Mahayana and Theravada. Good fit for someone who knows the basics but wants refined details and specifics without being inundated. It was like seeing glimpses of a glorious person through a veil.

Let’s not marginalize half your readership. The Buddha clearly judged his teachings not on their truth content but rather on their results; that is, on the type of lives his followers would live.

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. Very clear and concise descriptions from the author, which left me feeling very much comfortable with all of the topics included in the book.

As a Theravada monk, he has successfully avoided putting too much mythology into the book, making it a book of rationality and reasoning. Francis Fish Questions are part of the tradition. It was written in a scholastic British style.


Desjarlais Limited preview – His book, What the Buddha Taughtbuddba considered by many to be one of the best books written about Theravada Buddhism. The main 8 chapters of this book are truly fascinating, and I think many non-religious people and non-believers may find that they already relate to many of the ideas presented by the Buddha.

Today I just finished reading the book in its original English version for the first time. I guess I’ll need to re-read that part again.

Nothing is like the original? For example, he interprets the Noble Eightfold path according to the 3-fold training in sila moralitysamadhi concentration and panna wisdom.

I think this book scratched that itch.

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Only then would they take the trouble to go visit too. As a result, his discussion of the Noble Eightfold Tqught lacks the kind of truly original insight and contribution that can illuminate and deepen practice. 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 haught everything in translation.

But note that the author paints a purely positive view of Buddhism and does not discuss some of the negatives treatment and view of women at all. Published January 11th by Grove Press, Inc.

The name one gives is inessential While it did answer those questions, the book also opened a treasure trove of other questions that I don’t even know where to begin seeking answers from. Then surely the insider is the one best placed to introduce ot Invitation Complications or Who is the Best Spokesperson for a Religion? Dec 13, Jaclynn rated it liked it.

What the Buddha Taught

So, one could perhaps infer that when a patient is cured he no longer has the slightest need for the medicine 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. We are now perhaps in a position to say that post-classical western philosophy i.


Not the author or book itself.

Rahula ends this book, fittingly, with the last words of the Buddha. It seems to follow that it is not necessary to be a ‘Buddhist’ to achieve salvation, i. This book, written by a learned and reputable Sri Lankan master who spent budvha years studying and doing research in Western world, has served as one of my Buddhist bibles.

My main objection to this book is that the author sometimes editorializes and strays from a pure explanation of what the Buddha taught. 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” formulation. I am sure many of wwalpola readers are women, after dalpola. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

That’s my fault though. The Parable of the Piece of Cloth Vattbiipamasutta. Everything starts with those four concepts. So excellent in that respect as well.

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Originally, I was going to give this book 4 stars because I found some contradictions and inconsistencies. What determines their value is purely the circumstances one happens to be in. That way it must be admitted that only a scholar of his stature could have brought us so close to the original teachings.

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