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This edition contains a selection of illustrative texts from the Suttas and the Dhammapada specially translated by the authorsixteen illustrations, and a bibliography, glossary and index. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want rahila Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again.

Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula. Published January 11th by Grove Press, Inc. NYC first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about What the Buddha Taughtplease sign up. I have to say, the first few, opening chapters are fascinating, especially around “no faith” and the requirement for students to actually understand rather than just accept why something happens, what the teacher is talking about etc Are these behaviours commonly taught in Buddhist classes?

Human nature would probably lead most teachers to get annoyed at questioning students. Francis Fish Questions are part of the tradition. Teachers are of course revered by their students but unquestioning faith is not expected. In the Tibetan …more Questions are part of the tradition. In the Tibetan tradition they say that faith eventually comes from understanding, not the other way round.

See 1 question about What the Buddha Taught…. Lists with This Book. Normally the prose is driven by explanations of the concepts behind the philosophy rather than delving into its origins. So this book begins with the beginning, and expands outwards.

He analyses the four noble truths, the crux of Buddhist teachings, in real detail. 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: Thus, the very basics of Buddhism are laid down in a very accessible way. Some book I read earlier even gave me a false impression of Buddhism.

Simplicity is best here. View all 7 comments. Feb 27, Riku Sayuj rated it really liked it Shelves: Who can write about a religion best? An insider or an outsider?

Then surely the insider is the one best placed to introduce ot Invitation Complications or Who is the Best Spokesperson for a Religion? Then surely the insider is the one best placed to introduce others to this sacred mystery? This is done by adhering to a faithful and accurate presentation of the actual words used by the Buddha as they are to be found taughr the original Pali texts of the Tipitaka, universally accepted by scholars as the earliest extant records of the teachings of the Buddha.

Almost all the material Rahula commands so effortlessly are taken directly from these originals. That way it must be admitted that only a scholar of his walpoa could have brought us so close to the original teachings.

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What that something is has to be judged by the author. The rest can be kept for later, if the guest taughht to stay awhile. Now to return to our problem.

Can an insider do this? After all, the insider is as much an alien to other religions as the visitor is to his own. So tauught can he write for the visitor? How can he inhabit his viewpoint and judge what would suit him best?

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Could it be that the one best placed to understand the house is not so well suited takght understand the visitor? So a Christian reader would need a christian author to interpret Buddhism for him? A 21st century reader would need a 21st century guide? Who else walpol understand the reader as well?

And in any case, since we are going down this road, who can understand both – the ancient house and the modern visitor?

I think the best compromise would be to allow the welcome sermon to be delivered by a scholar outside the tradition, but steeped in it. One who has stayed in the house long enough to feel at home there.

This is why every age needs to reinterpret its holy texts and greatest works. Only then would they take the trouble to go visit too. And maybe stay awhile. View all 8 comments. Apr 05, Louise rated it it was amazing Shelves: Everyone should read this at least once if they’re even remotely interested in Buddhism.

The first few chapters contain a straightforward introduction to Buddhism that’s neither preachy nor touchy-feely. 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.

Originally, I was going to give this book 4 Everyone should read this at least once if they’re even remotely interested in Buddhism. Originally, I was going to give this book 4 stars because I found some contradictions and inconsistencies.

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. 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: While it did answer those questions, the book also opened a treasure trove of other questions that I don’t even know where to begin seeking answers from.

I read this book after my cousin’s death. Even though I vaguely believed in rebirth before, the way the book explained death and reincarnation did make me feel better about it. Thanks to this book, my mind is full of questions like: I was surprised that my least favorite chapter was the one about applying buddhist practice to ordinary life for normal people who don’t want to live in isolation from modern society.

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. I guess I’ll need to re-read that part again. This book, assigned for a class entitled “Introduction to Eastern Religions” at Grinnell College, was influential, along with Coomaraswamy’s Buddha and the Gospel of Buddhism, in first shaping my sense of what that “religion” was all about. Maintaining, as I recall, that the oldest Pali texts and the Theravada tradition were, if anything, practical and antimetaphysical–as 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 Buddha and the Gospel of Buddhism, in first shaping my sense of what that “religion” was all about.

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Maintaining, as I recall, that the oldest Pali texts and the Theravada tradition were, if anything, practical and antimetaphysical–as opposed, say, to later Mahayana tendencies, these books disposed me favorably to Buddhism in its supposedly “original” formulation. 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.

Now, having had years of subsequent study of other religious traditions, I am more suspicious of such interpretations and of my own credulous disposition. It’s much like the assumption that Jesus held to values evocative of one’s own highest ideals. With Jesus, as with the biblical traditions as a whole, I know a lot more than I do about Buddhism or any other religion for that matter–enough to know that I don’t know and probably cannot know what Jesus himself believed and taught.

I can make educated estimates based on the evidence and qualified by a healthy caution in the recognition that I will ever tend to impose my own values and worldview on the past, but they are ultimately untestable hypotheses. 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.

This is the only worthwhile book on Buddhism I’ve come across. Other books I’ve read wallow in touchy-feely mumbo-jumbo. Rahula is straight forward, treating Buddhism not as witchcraft or God’s thoughts, but as the best devised way of proceeding through this veil. Nov 02, Henry rated it it was amazing. I have to say the translation is just perfect, by a Taiwan-based Chinese Buddhist scholar, Mr.

Today I just finished reading the book in its original English version for the first time.

Walpola Rahula: What the Buddha Taught

Nothing is like the original? It was written in a scholastic British style. Maybe I should read it one more time in the future? Maybe, but not now, cuz I have a long bibliography to spend time with.

This kind of folks tend to look at things in a scholastic way. One of things he said was given the resemblance of religious signs, images and status on two sides of the Himalayas, Tibetan Buddhism just copied from Hinduism.

That is too bold an opinion which I budeha never agree upon. Buddhism has a single aim: Mahayana needs Therevada, and Vajrayana needs both Mahayana and Theravada.

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Therefore, everything carried and taught by Theravada is honored by Vajrayana Buddhists. Actually, when asked where to start in learning Buddhism by a Walpolla disciple, my root guru Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche referred to Theravada!

This book, written by a learned and reputable Sri Lankan dahula who spent many years studying and doing research in Western world, has served as one of my Buddhist bibles.

They want to and are able to learn more.