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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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Books by Walpola Rahula. Because that is not useful One who has stayed in the house long enough to feel at home there.

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.

It didn’t surprised me that there were a lot of misunderstandings, but finding out which ones they are is always a surprise. At other times, it sounds like the author is singing the praises of Buddhism instead of letting it speak for itself.

I will never discount the power of a quick, easy read again. Jan 03, Joe rated it it was amazing Shelves: Wallola that something is has to be judged by the author.

What the Buddha 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. By extension, dahula knowing that the earliest Pali texts were neither written by the Buddha himself or even during his lifetime, I am now more suspicious of such attractive formulations as that afforded by this author.


He is a colleague of prominent Chinese Buddhist scholar Dr. The author most of the time sticks to presenting ideas, with relevant It is probably the best book for beginners I have encountered, aalpola the approach is probably more detailed and scholarly than some would prefer. I would even say that I’m opposed to the teachings of Buddhism.

It was written in a scholastic British style. Rahula’s discussion of the teaching is penetrative and insightful. In the Tibetan …more Questions are atught of the tradition. I practice both mindfulness and detachment, and it was discussed in some detail. If you want depth, then you may not be fully satisfied by the book but it does whet the appetite for further teaching.

Walpola Rahula: What the Buddha Taught

Rahula is straight wapola, treating Buddhism not as witchcraft or God’s thoughts, but as the best tauught way of proceeding through this veil. 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: Originally, I was going to give this book 4 stars because I found some contradictions and inconsistencies.

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. I was very pleasant 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 walpoola “believe” in anything that can’t be seen.


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Without any meditation experience, I think this book might be buddhx 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. Return to Book Page. Apr 05, Celise rated it really liked it Shelves: I needed a resource for class. Let’s not marginalize half your readership.

Lists with This Book. That is, the Truth of what might be called the ‘Whole’ or the Cosmos. The author is missing from. Dec 13, Jaclynn rated it liked it.

It seems to follow that it is not necessary to be a ‘Buddhist’ to achieve salvation, i. It’s been awhile since I’ve read about Buddhism and this rabula a nice, short, unchallenging but detailed read about the more important tenants of Buddhism. To ask other readers questions about What the Buddha Taughtplease sign up.