What the Buddha Taught

What the Buddha Taught


By (author) Walpola Rahula, Foreword by Paul Demieville

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  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
  • Format: Paperback | 184 pages
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 214mm x 16mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 25 September 1997
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1851681426
  • ISBN 13: 9781851681426
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: glossary, bibliography, index
  • Sales rank: 27,956

Product description

This clear and informative guide draws on the words spoken by the Buddha to convey the true nature of Buddhist wisdom. It also features an illustrative section of texts from the Suttas and the Dhammapada, a glossary of Buddhist terms and an up-to-date bibliography.

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Author information

The Venerable Dr Walpola Sri Rahula was a Buddhist monk and scholar. He received a traditional training and education in his native Sri Lanka before studying at the University of Calcutta and the Sorbonne. He held a chair at Northwestern University, Illinois, and was the Vice-Chancellor of Vidyodaya University, Colombo. He is widely regarded as one of the most qualified and enlightened scholars of the Buddhist tradition, with a deep knowledge of the original texts.

Table of contents

List of Illustrations vii Foreword ix Preface xi The Buddha xv 1 The Buddhist Attitude of Mind 1 THE FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS 2 The First Noble Truth: Dukkha 16 3 The Second Noble Truth: Samudaya: 'The Arising of Dukkha' 29 4 The Third Noble Truth: Nirodha: 'The Cessation of Dukkha' 35 5 The Fourth Noble Truth: Magga: 'The Path' 45 6 The Doctrine of No-Soul: Anatta 51 7 'Meditation' or Mental Culture: Bhavana 67 8 What the Buddha Taught and the World Today 76 SELECTED TEXTS 91 Abbreviations 139 Selected Bibliography 140 Glossary 142 Index 148