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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What the Buddha Taught
You may call me on my ad hominem if you like, but that turned my head around on this reading. The moderation, care and single-minded pursuit of his goal by the Buddha are what we should perhaps be most grateful for I read it on a kindle via PDF however, so the formatting was budha.
We are now perhaps in a position to say that post-classical western philosophy i.
Thus, the very basics of Buddhism are laid down in a very accessible way. It is a short read, but very clear and the concise nature of the read allied to the walpooa clear prose makes it essential.
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I think this book scratched that itch. Be walpol as it may, the “Buddha was not interested in discussing unnecessary metaphysical questions which are purely speculative and which create imaginary problems. There is also a very helpful, but still too brief, glossary with an even briefer bibliography also included. I wish I had read this book several years ago, when my interest in Buddhism was reignited and I began to study it seriously.
This edition contains a selection of illustrative texts from the Suttas and the Dhammapada specially translated by the authorsixteen illustrations, and a bibliography, glossary and index. But did the Buddha think of his own teachings in this manner? Apr 28, Suzy rated it liked it. With Jesus, as with the biblical traditions as a whole, I know a lot more 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 Jesus himself believed and taught.
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. Desjarlais Limited preview – But the ‘mania’ of theory nevertheless insists upon showing each leaf to every inhabitant in the forest in the name of some ‘Truth’, while the moderation of philosophical practice remains helpless when trying to control the strife that inevitably results between the various Christianity, Socialism, Islam, and Fascism, e.
Walpola Rahula: What the Buddha Taught
Return to Book Page. 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.
Almost all the material Rahula rahhula so effortlessly are taken directly from these originals. Then surely the insider is the one best placed to introduce ot Invitation Complications or Who is the Best Spokesperson for a Religion?
He also once held the position of Vice-Chancellor at the then Vidyodaya University currently known as the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. View all 8 comments.
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 out.
Are these behaviours commonly twught in Buddhist classes?
So, one could perhaps infer that when a patient is cured he no longer has the slightest need for the medicine The name one gives is inessential Now, unlike our modern philosophers, the Buddha does not deny the existenc Review: Want to Read saving…. Rahula’s also not much of a poetic writer and, yes, has a tendency towards pedantry in the way that a very erudite person can be.
If the moderation twught practice triumphs in the future we can create a world in which all can live; if not, there is no future at all A reminder that Buddhism is lacking a celestial dictator. In fact, Buddha put into more eloquent and tolerant words the issues and questions I already had regarding the blind belief of other religions. View all 3 comments. I am very interested in learning more.