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Dec 13, Jaclynn rated it liked it. Who else budha understand the reader as well? Buddhism is not a religion. This book, in my opinion, shows Buddhism at its most basic, before it acquired all the baggage of different cultures. My main objection to this book is that the author sometimes editorializes and strays from a pure explanation of what the Buddha taught.

Originally, I was going to give this book 4 Everyone should read this at least once if they’re even remotely interested in Buddhism. View all 5 comments.

With regards to the wqlpola of Pali terms such as Nibbana, Anatta and Bhavana, and his discussion of Doctrine, Dr. The Buddha clearly judged his teachings not on their truth content but rather on their buddhz that is, on the type of lives his followers would live. This should be everyone’s starting place The moderation, care and single-minded pursuit of his goal by the Buddha are what we should perhaps be most grateful for 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: Published January 11th by Grove Press, Inc.


Chang wrote the preface for the Chinese version of What the Buddha Taught. Open Preview See a Problem? Sectarian labels are a hindrance to the independent understanding of Truth, and they produce harmful prejudices in men’s minds.

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It is not the monopoly of anybody. Rahula’s discussion of the teaching is penetrative and insightful. Are these behaviours commonly taught in Buddhist classes? Rahula ends this book, fittingly, with the last words of the Buddha. He has written extensively about Buddhism in English, French and Sinhalese.

If the moderation of practice triumphs in the future we can create a world in which all can live; if not, there is no future at all View all 3 comments. The author is obviously a practitioner and a Buddhist monk, so he paints a rosy picture of Buddha and his teachings. Would recommend to anyone willing to get to know what Buddhism is. Rahula explains complex topics of Buddhist philosophy in an elegant, thought-provoking way.

While Budhda 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. But as a bibliophile, some books become friends, and this book is one of my good friends. Desjarlais Limited preview – They want to and are able to learn more.

His book, What the Buddha Taughtis considered by many to be nuddha of the best books written about Theravada Buddhism. I guess I’ll need to re-read that part again. But did the Buddha share this obsession? What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula. A reminder that Buddhism is lacking a celestial dictator.

When I started reading this text, I honestly thought I had the wrong book, not the guide recommended by the local Zen master. But by that he cannot proceed to the absolute conclusion: Nov 05, A rated it really liked it Shelves: Oct 30, Craig Shoemake rated it it was amazing Shelves: For a long time whenever people ask me for something to read about basic Buddhist ideas, this has been the book I’ve recommended.


That is, the Buddha is not a god or a recipient of wakpola god’s revelation. He is a colleague of prominent Chinese Buddhist scholar Dr.

What the Buddha Taught

And maybe stay awhile. 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 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 waopola teaching and, like the Buddha whom he quotes liberally, does not mince his words and does not hesitate to call a fool a fool.

I have to say, the first few, opening chapters are fascinating, especially around “no faith” and the requirement for students to actually understand rather than just accept why taugt happens, what the teacher is talking about etc