What the Buddha Taught

What the Buddha Taught

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 134 x 214 x 16mm | 240g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • glossary, bibliography, index
  • 1851681426
  • 9781851681426
  • 15,471

Table of contents

List of Illustrations vii

Foreword ix

Preface xi

The Buddha xv

1 The Buddhist Attitude of Mind 1


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


Abbreviations 139

Selected Bibliography 140

Glossary 142

Index 148
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About Walpola Rahula

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.
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