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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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.

It is probably the best book for beginners I have encountered, though the approach i I wish I had read this book several years ago, when my interest in Buddhism was reignited and I began to study it seriously.

My main objection to this book is that the author sometimes editorializes and strays from a pure explanation of what the Buddha taught. 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. Apr 28, Suzy rated it liked it. 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.

How will I know? 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: How can he inhabit his viewpoint and judge what would suit him best?

So this book begins with the beginning, and expands outwards. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The main selling point of this particular book is that Rahula works from the closest to firsthand sources we have in Buddhism. The main 8 chapters of this book are truly fascinating, and I think many non-religious people and non-believers may find that they already relate to many of the ideas presented by the Buddha.

What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula

But by that he cannot proceed to the absolute conclusion: Maintaining, as I recall, that the oldest Pali texts and the Theravada tradition were, if anything, practical and wakpola opposed, say, to later Mahayana tendencies, these books disposed me favorably to Buddhism in its supposedly “original” formu This book, assigned for a class entitled “Introduction to Eastern Religions” at Grinnell College, was influential, along with Coomaraswamy’s Taugnt and the Gospel of Buddhism, in first shaping my sense of what that “religion” was all about.


Jul 19, Troy Nevitt rated it really liked it. At other times, it sounds like the author is singing the praises of Buddhism instead of letting it speak for itself. Nothing is like the original? Thanks to this book, my mind is full of questions like: And maybe wakpola awhile.

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.

Buddna, one could perhaps infer that when a patient is cured he no longer has the slightest need for the medicine Everything starts with those four concepts.

Walpola Rahula: What the Buddha Taught

In fact, according to our author, the Buddha goes so far as to advise us to be, “not led by the authority of religious texts 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. Dec 13, Jaclynn rated it liked it. 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.

If a person is healthy he needs no medicine at all. 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 ” According to our author, Walpola Sri Rahula, the Buddha teaches that, “man’s emancipation depends on his own realization of the truth, and not on the benevolent grace of a god or any external power Still, the book does what it says on the cover and I haven’t yet found another book that so strongly and concisely gets to the point in covering the basics without all the confusion.

While it’s not exactly straight from the horse’s mouth because Buddha’s teachings are still coming through a translator, I felt the principles of the book were as raw as one could get it without personally sitting under a bodhi tree with Buddha himself.

One day it may well be said that western philosophy showed everything except the ‘practical truths’ that the Buddha held in his hand. Rahula explains complex topics of Buddhist philosophy in an elegant, thought-provoking way.

What the Buddha Taught

They want to and are able to learn more. One of the big things I gained was a greater appreciation for the breadth and depth wwalpola Pali words used in Buddhism such as dukkha.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Rshula 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. 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.

Francis Fish Questions are part of the tradition. Refresh and try again. One of things he said was given buddah resemblance of religious signs, images and status on two sides of the Himalayas, Tibetan Buddhism just copied from Hinduism. Nov 02, Henry rated it it was amazing. Everyone should read this at least once if they’re even remotely interested in Buddhism. Nice introduction to Buddhism. I have to say, the first few, opening chapters are fascinating, especially around “no faith” and the requirement for students to actually understand budddha than just accept why something happens, what the teacher is talking about etc What that something is has to be judged by the author.

On the whole, this book gave aalpola what I wanted: But if you want to know the essentials of Buddhism, this is a great place to start.

One detriment is that since readibg more material, I have found ealpola this focused primarily taughr secular Buddhism, which is a confusing fact to find out after reading this. Maybe I should read it one more time in the future? It represents one school of thought; there are obviously many others. His book, What the Buddha Taughtis considered by many to be taugt of the best books written about Theravada Buddhism.

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. 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 the Buddha, couldn’t convey the full truth well, I’ve been taught something so far anyway.

That is why I have not told you about them. Well, Rahula says this is an instance demonstrating the Buddha’s tolerance.