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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.

What the Buddha Taught

An insider or an outsider? Nov 05, A rated it really liked it Shelves: Rahula’s discussion of the teaching is penetrative and insightful. And to my friends who may be wondering, no, I’m not a convert and I doubt I ever will be –but I do find the Buddha’s teachings to be both beautiful and full of common sense. Great into to core Buddhist teachings I wanted a book that provided an overview of budda Buddhist teachings that had not been Westernized. 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.

Try to accomplish your aim with diligence. Let’s not marginalize half your readership.

Very helpful explaination of the subject. This book was recommended to me as an ideal book for wallola newcomer to Buddhism. Jul 20, Agne rated it really liked it. I practice both mindfulness and detachment, and it was discussed in some detail. Then surely the insider is the one best placed to introduce others to this sacred mystery?

Therefore I have explained them. Buddhism has a single aim: Who can write about a religion best? I’m a slow reader, and it only took me about half a week to get through. What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula. I practice both mindfulness and detachment, and it was discussed in some d It’s been awhile since I’ve read about Buddhism and this was a nice, short, unchallenging but detailed read about the more important tenants of Buddhism.


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Apr 05, Celise rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. Apr 11, Edith Hope rated it really liked it. Jul 12, Forest Tong rated it really liked it. My library Help Advanced Book Search. But because of his belief or faith, he should not say that what he believes is alone the Truth, and everything else is false.

In fact, according to our author, the Buddha goes so far as to advise us to be, “not led by the authority of buddya texts That is too bold an opinion which I would never agree upon.

This book is a little dated originally published in and suffers somewhat from Buddhist Boosterism and Westernization but I found the four chapters devoted to the four noble truths very good. He is a colleague of prominent Chinese Buddhist scholar Dr. Oct 30, Craig Shoemake rated it it was amazing Shelves: I’ve always been curious about Buddhism as a non-violent religion that encourages questioning and does not expect the followers to believe in anything blindly, or really to “believe” in anything that can’t be raula.

This kind of folks tend to look at things in a scholastic way. Buddhism remains what it is whatever label you may put on it. Thus, the very basics of Buddhism are laid down in a very accessible way.

I think this book still deserves a good rating. I read it on a kindle via PDF however, so the formatting was poor. The Buddha did not preach some Truth, he presented a cure to suffering dukkha.

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So this book begins with the beginning, and expands outwards. This is the reason why I only give this book 4 stars instead of 5. The Parable of the Piece of Cloth Vattbiipamasutta. Originally, I was going to give this book 4 Everyone should read this at least once if they’re even remotely interested in Buddhism.


The first couple of chapters in this book are missing. Are these behaviours commonly taught in Buddhist classes? Feb 27, Riku Sayuj rated it really liked it Shelves: It definitely lived up to its recommendation and then some. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I benefited especially from his clarification of the meaning of Nibbaana, as well as his exposition of Anatta or Non-Self – his exposition of these difficult-to-grasp doctrines is one of the clearer and more understandable attempts I have come across 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.

It represents one school of thought; there are obviously many others. To ask other readers questions about What the Buddha Taughtplease sign up.

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 ” Unfortunately, Dr Rahula does not go deeper in this book to consider what the reason might be.

Today I just finished reading the book in its original English version for the first time. That’s my fault though. A reminder that Buddhism is lacking a celestial dictator. I am not looking to adopt a religion or have it adopt me, but I am very interested in Buddha’s practices in mindfulness and right of action, speech, thought etc. 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: