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That’s the thing, maybe I shouldn’t worry about the fact that I’ll be getting everything through a third party’s translation because WORDS, for waplola Buddha, couldn’t convey the full truth well, I’ve been taught something so far anyway.

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.

Therefore I have explained them. We are now perhaps in a position to say that post-classical western philosophy i.

It does not falsely lull you into living in a fool’s paradise, nor does it frighten and agonize you with all kinds of imaginary fears and sins. It has the feel of a vague, open apologia for Buddhism, not the hardheaded brass-tacks guide for a believer that I was expecting. Teachers are of course revered by their students but unquestioning faith is not expected.

Advice to Sigala Sigdlovddasutta. All that makes this an excellent resource for beginners, those still exploring Buddhism like meand also those studying comparative religions looking to learn more than just basics. The first few chapters contain a straightforward introduction to Buddhism that’s neither preachy nor touchy-feely. 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.


It has a philosophical subtlety married to a stated devotion to tolerance that makes it stand out amongst the world religions as uniquely not awful.

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Good fit for someone who knows the basics but wants refined details and specifics without being inundated. Nice introduction to Buddhism.

At other times, it sounds like the author is singing the praises of Wal;ola instead of letting it speak for itself. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. So excellent in that respect as well. It is not necessary to know who prepared it, or where it came from.

The society has translated quite some Buddhist works published in the West from original English version to Chinese. It was like seeing glimpses of a glorious person through a veil.

Walpola Rahula: What the Buddha Taught

It’s not the most up-to-date scholarship and Rahula is a bit of a “Protestant Buddhist” i. That’s my fault though. But did the Buddha think of his own teachings in this manner? Want to Read saving….

What the Buddha Taught

View all 8 comments. Apr 28, Suzy rated it liked it. Oct 30, Craig Shoemake rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.

This revised and expanded version is better than the original version, as it removes the one bewildering section in the original version, namely a point “Instruction for Life” which contains homespun advice not formulated according to the dhamma, and in the context of which can sound truly bizarre ” Rahula is straight forward, treating Buddhism not as witchcraft or God’s thoughts, but as the best devised way of proceeding through this veil.

Our author tells a wonderful story of how the Buddha, in a debate with a representative of Jaina Mahavira, refused to allow the man to become a Buddhist! 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.


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. See 1 question about What the Buddha Taught…. Later into the text, Rahula made a point of addressing this, explaining that tauggt who would apply the kind of rigor that one would expect ranula, say, Kabbalistic scholarship to Buddhist practice were missing the point, and that the real touchstones of the Buddha’s thought really were the simple points.

That is, the Buddha is not a god or a recipient of a god’s revelation. So far he respects truth. It reveals the true face of Buddhism. Rahula works to clarify the language and correct some misconceptions, something that is unbelievably helpful for those of us still trying to figure this stuff walpla. Everyone should read this at least once if they’re even remotely interested in Buddhism.

Apr 11, Edith Hope rated it really liked it. Mahayana needs Therevada, and Vajrayana needs both Mahayana and Theravada. I needed a resource for class. The main selling point of this particular book is that Rahula works from the closest to firsthand sources we have in Buddhism.

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.

He ONLY focused on the positive and never mentions anything as negative or regretful