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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Open Preview See a Problem? I expected it to be more helpful than it was, but I found a lot what I thought were contradictions between it and buddhist philosophy.

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What the Buddha Taught

This book was recommended to me as an ideal book for a newcomer to Buddhism. It’s much like the assumption that Jesus held to values evocative of one’s own highest ideals. It was written in a scholastic British style. Buddhism is not a religion. That is why I have not told you about them. Mainly because its focus is more scholarly, all about principles and less about practice.

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. But did the Buddha share this obsession?


I think also that this book could have corrected some confusion and misunderstandings that took a while for me to get through. The Words of Truth Dhammapada. I think I may have only finished this book and only enjoyed it at the three-star level buddya I read much of it outside at night with a little booklight; the stars and animal singing definitely heightened the experience.

Jul 12, Forest Tong rated it dalpola liked it. Would recommend to anyone willing to get to know what Buddhism is. One comes to Enlightenment not by reciting some articles of faith but by thinking things through on ones own. Buddhism and Eastern religion in general have always suffered misunderstandings and confusion in a Western context, in large part due to the translations available prior to the 20th century.

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So this book begins with the beginning, and expands outwards. Jul 20, Agne rated it really liked it.

For example 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. Like all religions, Buddhism has taughf extremist followers, some of whom have been violent.

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.

The first few, opening chapters are fascinating, especially around “no faith” and the requirement for students to actually understand rather than just accept why something happens, what the teacher is talking about etc They want to and are able to learn more.


The main selling point of this particular book is that Rahula works from the buddah to firsthand sources we have in Buddhism.

I am very interested in learning more. So, one could perhaps infer that when a patient is cured he no longer has the slightest need for the medicine Though this approach is a standard one accepted by tradition, it ignores the fact that the Noble Eightfold Path actually starts with Panna first. The author most of the time sticks to presenting ideas, with raahula Another story told by Rahula shows the Buddha refusing to answer questions about the eternity and infinity of the universe, about the relation between soul and body, and existence after death put to him by Malunkyaputta, one of his own monks.

You may call me on my ad hominem if you like, but that turned my head around on this reading. Rahula explains complex topics of Buddhist philosophy in an elegant, thought-provoking way. So far he respects truth. It reveals the true face of Buddhism. Maybe, but not now, cuz I have a long bibliography to spend rahlua with.

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