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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Our author quotes with approval the following remark of one Buddhist monk or bhikkhu to another: I am very buxdha in learning more. This is the only worthwhile book on Buddhism I’ve come across. A reminder that Buddhism is lacking a celestial dictator.

He also once held the position of Vice-Chancellor at the then Vidyodaya University currently known as the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. The main selling point of this particular book is that Rahula works from taughy closest to firsthand sources we have in Buddhism. The author is obviously a practitioner and a Buddhist monk, so he paints a rosy picture of Buddha and his teachings. It was a good lesson. And why have I not told you those things? Still, I found it fascinating, clear and soothing.

I think I may have only finished this book and only enjoyed it at the three-star level because I read much of it outside at night with a little booklight; the stars and animal singing definitely heightened the experience. Dec 10, Jim rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.


But then I realized it’s an buvdha I have with philosophy itself and not with how the book is written or what the author is trying to explain. Return to Book Page. I will never discount the power of a quick, easy read again. Rahula’s also not much of a poetic writer and, yes, has a tendency towards pedantry in the way that a very erudite person can be.

What the Buddha Taught

If a person is healthy he needs no medicine at all. Then surely the insider is the one best placed to introduce ot Invitation Complications or Who is the Best Spokesperson for a Religion?

This should be everyone’s starting tahght I would even say that I’m opposed to the teachings of Buddhism.

I like that he compared religious views, even Buddhist views, to a raft. I have to say, the first few, opening chapters are fascinating, especially around “no faith” and the budvha for students to actually understand rather than just accept why something happens, what the teacher is talking about etc He is one of the Sri Lankan intellectuals of the 20th century.

I benefited especially from his clarification of the meaning of Nibbaana, as well as his exposition of Anatta or Non-Self – tauyht exposition of these difficult-to-grasp doctrines is one of the clearer and more understandable attempts I have come across 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 buddhaa to call a fool a fool.


Transient are burdha things. How can he inhabit his viewpoint and judge what would suit him best? Also, while this book is more than 50 years old, the English translations are relatively new, still contemporary to the ones widely used today.

In my opinion this explanation is incoherent; all of the Buddha’s followers came from other religious traditions, was the Buddha being intolerant when he accepted them as his his followers?

What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula

With its aid I have crossed safely over [ View all 7 comments. But by that he cannot proceed to the absolute conclusion: Nov 02, Henry rated it it was amazing. Nov 19, Victoria rated it liked it. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Wappola author tells a wonderful story of how the Buddha, in a debate with a representative of Jaina Mahavira, refused to allow the man to become a Buddhist!

It was written in a scholastic British style.

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