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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Because it is useful, is fundamentally connected with the spiritual holy life, is conducive to aversion, detachment, cessation walploa, deep penetration, full realization, Nirvana. Libro serio, hermoso y brutal. Sectarian labels are a hindrance to the independent understanding of Truth, and they produce harmful prejudices in men’s minds.

Let’s not marginalize half your readership. Common terms and phrases already arisen Ananda Anatta Arahant arises Atman attained becomes dispassionate bhikkhu lives observing body Borobudur brahmanas Brahmin breathing Buddha Buddha says Buddha—from Buddha’s teaching Buddhist burning called cares and troubles century A.

What the Buddha Taught

walpo,a But by that he cannot proceed to the absolute conclusion: 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.

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So a Christian reader would need a christian author to interpret Buddhism for him? The one drawback is that Rahula spends less time than I would like on Buddhist philosophers’ arguments in favor of these views, although when it comes to describing the views themselves he is unsurpassed.

Easily the best introductory text for Buddhism. Today I just finished reading the book gahula its original English version for the first time.

What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula

How will Rahulz know? This book, written by a learned and reputable Sri Lankan master who spent many years studying and doing research in Western world, has served as one of my Buddhist bibles.

Dec 10, Jim rated it it was amazing Shelves: It definitely lived up to its recommendation and then some. I like that Buddhism feels like more of a philosophy and way of life than a religion in that regard. I think I learned from it, and there were wonderful moments, but the Great Courses audio lectures by Eckel gave me a much more in-depth introduction, and Siddhartha by Hesse was far more beautiful and a work of art, so perhaps it’s unfair to compare them.


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 walppola, and in the context of which can sound truly bizarre ” An insider or an outsider? It is probably the best book for beginners I have encountered, though the approach is tahula more detailed and scholarly than some would prefer.

Note that these ‘rafts’ only have a practical value. So far he respects truth. Who can write about a religion best? I waalpola to say the translation is just perfect, by a Taiwan-based Chinese Buddhist scholar, Mr. But if you want to know the essentials of Buddhism, this walppola a great place to start.

Walpola Rahula: What the Buddha Taught

View all 8 comments. For example, he interprets the Noble Eightfold path according to the 3-fold training in sila moralitysamadhi concentration and panna wisdom. Jan 03, Joe rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 Apr 05, Celise rated it really liked it Shelves: The Buddha did not preach some Truth, he presented a cure to suffering dukkha.

I am very interested in learning more. Refresh and try again. 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: For example, my trust was eroded by the author’s statement “That is why there is not a single example of persecution or the shedding of a drop of blood in converting people to Buddhism.

Now, unlike our modern philosophers, the Buddha does not deny the existence of the gods; perhaps even more radically – he ignores them. For a long time whenever people ask me for something to read about basic Buddhist ideas, this has been the book I’ve recommended. 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. It is not the monopoly of anybody.


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. Thanks to this book, my mind is full of questions like: The man who gathers only the flowers of sense pleasureswhose mind is entangled, death carries him away as a great flood a sleeping village.

The commentary was also challenging at times–at one point Rahula rejoices in the religious tolerance of the Buddha, and then goes on to judge other religions to be less tolerant true, perhaps, but ah, the irony.

So how can he write for the visitor? I was so happy to know that my guru Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche included this book in this bibliography for his students. The Parable of the Piece of Cloth Vattbiipamasutta. Human nature would probably lead most teachers to get annoyed at questioning students. NYC first published That is, the Buddha is not a god or a recipient of a god’s revelation.

I think I may have only finished this book and only enjoyed it at the three-star level because I read much of it outside at night with a little booklight; the stars and animal singing definitely heightened the experience.

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.

With its aid I have crossed safely over [ The first book I’ve ever read about Buddhism. Meditation, for example, is not a mind emptying experience as much as it is a focus on self.

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