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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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. And why have I not told you those things? It didn’t surprised me that there were a lot of misunderstandings, but finding out which ones they are is always a surprise.

An insider or an outsider? Dec 10, Jim rated it it was amazing Shelves: Rayula commentary was also challenging at times–at one point Rahula rejoices in the religious tolerance of the Buddha, and then goes on to judge other religions to be less tolerant true, perhaps, but ah, the irony. That is too bold an opinion which I would never agree upon. It represents one school of thought; there are obviously many others.

What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula

Could it be that the one best placed to understand the house is not so well suited to understand the visitor? This book, assigned for a class entitled “Introduction to Eastern Religions” at Grinnell College, was influential, along walpopa Coomaraswamy’s Buddha and the Gospel of Buddhism, in first shaping my sense of what that “religion” was all about.

The author is obviously a practitioner and a Buddhist monk, so he paints a rosy picture of Buddha and his teachings. Oct 30, Craig Shoemake rated it it was amazing Shelves: Buddhism has a single aim: View all 7 comments. It tells you exactly and objectively what you are and what the world around you is, and shows you the way to perfect freedom, peace, tranquility and happiness.

I needed a resource for class. Very clear and concise descriptions from the author, which left me feeling very much comfortable with all of the topics included in the book. I will never discount the power of a quick, easy read again.


Be that as it may, the “Buddha was not interested in discussing unnecessary metaphysical questions which are purely speculative and which create imaginary problems. I am sure many of his readers are women, after all.

View all 4 comments. I will preface that I’m not a Buddhist, nor was I persuaded to become a Buddhist. The first book I’ve ever read about Buddhism. This book is a buedha dated originally published in and suffers somewhat from Buddhist Boosterism and Westernization but I found the four chapters devoted to the four noble truths gaught good. Medicine is a very practical discipline, concerned with alleviating the suffering Dukkha, this term can also mean: Therefore I have explained them.

Why, Malunkyaputta, have I explained them? Return to Book Page. I have explained dukkha, the cessation of dukkha, walpol the way leading to the cessation of dukkha. By extension, and 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.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Buddhists tell us with deserved pride that there are no Buddhist wars, crusades or jihads. You may call me on my ad hominem if you like, but that turned my head When I started reading this text, I honestly thought I had the wrong book, not the guide recommended by the local Zen master. Now, this book contains only a small selection pp 92 – of the sayings of the Buddha and it was from the last text in this section that this last quote comes from.

It is a short read, but very clear and the concise nature of the read allied to the very clear prose makes it essential.

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 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. The Words of Truth Dhammapada. In fact, according to our author, txught Buddha goes so far as to advise us to be, “not led by the authority of religious texts Dr Rahula is very clear about what the Buddha taught and what he did not teach – he clarifies many misunderstandings of the teaching and, like the Buddha whom he quotes liberally, does not mince his words and does not hesitate to call a fool a fool.


The rest can be kept for later, if the guest decides to stay awhile.

This kind of folks tend to look at things in a scholastic way. In the Tibetan …more Questions are part of the tradition.

What the Buddha Taught

I’m a slow reader, and it only took me about half a week to get through. When I started reading this text, I honestly thought I had the wrong book, not the guide rahuula by the local Zen master. For example, he interprets the Noble Eightfold path according to the 3-fold training in sila moralitysamadhi concentration and panna wisdom. Very helpful explaination of the subject. Can an insider do this?

Walpola Rahula: What the Buddha Taught

So, one could perhaps infer that when a patient is cured he no longer has the slightest need for the medicine 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 to “believe” in anything that can’t be seen.

I was very pleasantly surprised to discover that I could. 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 practice both mindfulness and detachment, and it was discussed in some d It’s been awhile since I’ve read about Buddhism and this was a nice, short, unchallenging but detailed read about the more important tenants of Buddhism. I think this book scratched that itch.

It’s not the most up-to-date scholarship and Rahula is a bit of a “Protestant Buddhist” i. I read this book after my cousin’s death.