What the Buddha Taught

What the Buddha TaughtA Classic Introductory Book To Buddhism, What The Buddha Taught Contains A Selection Of Illustrative Texts From The Original Pali Texts, Including The Suttas The Dhammapada The Author, Himself A Buddhist Monk Scholar, Removes A Number Of Common Misconceptions About Buddhism, Provides A Comprehensive, Compact, Lucid Faithful Account Of The Buddha S Teachings That Persistently Enjoys Great Popularity In Colleges, Universities Theological Schools Both Here Abroad For Years, Says The Journal Of The Buddhist Society, The Newcomer To Buddhism Has Lacked A Simple 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 Intelligent Reader Authoritative Clear, Logical Sober, This Study Is As Comprehensive As It Is Masterly. 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 concepts behind the philosophy rather than delving into its origins I ve often relied on internet searches to supplement my readings So this book begins with the beginning, and expands outwards But rather than trying to conceptualise ideas, and explain them in his own personal way as many other writers do Rahula adheres as closely as possible to The Buddha s actual words He analyses the four noble truths, the crux of Buddhist teachings, in real detail 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 it sounds credible I don t feel like I have to read between the lines and do much of the work myself to understand them Thus, the very basics of Buddhism are laid down in a very accessible way For the scholar of Buddhism, for he she who is looking deep into the way of thought, may wish to look elsewhere, as this is a beginner s manual easily the best I ve read to date I wish I d read this much sooner before attempting complex and dense works Some book I read earlier even gave me a false impression of Buddhism Simplicity is best here Though, as I ve said before, I do highly recommend the novel Siddhartha f
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 religion, just to get a feel for it It might even need a lifetime s practice , and it could very well be that the first innocent impulses can only be absorbed at a very young age like a language, a religion is also a mode of expression Then surely the insider is the one best placed to introduce others to this sacred mystery Rahula has tried in this little book to address himself to the general reader interested in knowing what the Buddha actually taught This is done by adhering to a faithful and accurate presentation of the actual words used by the Buddha as they are to be found in the original Pali texts of the Tipitaka, universally accepted by scholars as the earliest extant records of the teachings of the Buddha Almost all the material Rahula commands so effortlessly are taken directly from these originals That way it must be admitted that only a scholar of his stature could have brought us so close to the original teachings.However, Rahula s book comes off as slightly evangelizing and despite all the cool wisdom as occasionally irritating in i
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 feely While it s not exactly straight from the horse s mouth because Buddha s teachings are still coming through a translator, I felt the principles of the book were as raw as one could get it without personally sitting under a bodhi tree with Buddha himself.Originally, I was going to give this book 4 stars because I found some contradictions and inconsistencies But then I realized it s an issue I have with philosophy itself and not with how the book is written or what the author is trying to explain 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 rebirth, and no, there s no such thing as a soul 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.I read this book after my cousin s death Even though I vaguely believed in rebirth before, the way the book explained death and reincarnation did make me feel better about it.Thanks to this book, my mind is full of questions like If there is no soul or no self what or who exactly is taking the Eightfold path If there s no self then what do you call this collection of experiences, senses, and ideas that gets reincarnated If there s no rein
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 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 Concurrently, again in this class, I was also learning to appreciate some forms of the Japanese appropriation of the teachings, particularly Rinzi and Soto Zen schools of thought.Now, having had years of subsequent study of other religious traditions, I am suspicious of such interpretations and of my own credulous disposition It s much like the assumption that Jesus held to values evocative of one s own highest ideals With Jesus, as with the biblical traditions as a whole, I know a lot 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 Jesu
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 thoughts, but as the best devised way of proceeding through this veil He lays Buddhism out clea
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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 perfect, by a Taiwan based Chinese Buddhist scholar, Mr Gu Fa Yan Today I just finished reading the book in its original English version for the first time Nothing is like the original I don t know in this case, cuz it s been really tough to me It was written in a scholastic British style Too many words I haven t seen before are there along with some usage I m not familiar with Reading the Chinese translation may give a Chinese reader , IMHO, if he is familiar with those common Buddhist terms.Maybe I should read it one time in the future Maybe, but not now, cuz I have a long bibliography to spend time with.It s worth to mention that this book What the Buddha Taught has helped me so much in understanding Buddhadharma, since Year 2001 when I obtained the Chinese version from a colleague who, a Taiwanese Chinese, is a devoted Theravada B
. . 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 practice and belief, none have encompassed quite so much in such a tight and direct manner I think also that this book could have corrected some confusion and misunderstandings that took a while for me to get through It is probably the best book for beginners I have encountered, though the approach is probably detailed and scholarly than some would prefer Since I often take a scholarly approach to my spirituality, it does hold strong appeal for me personally.The main selling point of this particular book is that Rahula works from the closest to firsthand sources we have in Buddhism Also, while this book is than 50 years old, the English translations are relatively new, still contemporary to the ones widely used today Buddhism and Eastern religion in general have always suffered misunderstanding
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 philosophers that we are familiar with in the West the Buddha The Enlightened One does not claim to be other than a man or posses other than human knowledge That is, the Buddha is not a god or a recipient of a god s revelation Now, unlike our modern philosophers, the Buddha does not deny the existence of the gods perhaps even radically he ignores them 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 This does indeed remind one of Kant s definition of Enlightenment as adulthood In a nutshell, no one can grant adulthood to you you must achieve it yourself In fact, according to our author, the Buddha goes so far as to advise us to be, not led by the authority of religious texts And he adds that the Buddha discovered and showed the Path to Liberation, Nirvana But we must tread the Path ourselves Any modern philosopher Kant, Hegel, e.g