A classic introductory book to Buddhism, What the Buddha Taught contains a selection of illustrative texts from the original Pali texts, including the Suttas & the Dhammapada.
The author, himself a Buddhist monk & scholar, removes a number of common misconceptions about Buddhism, & provides a comprehensive, compact, lucid & faithful account of the Buddha’s teachings that persistently enjoys great popularity in colleges, universities & theological schools both here & abroad.
“For years," says the Journal of the Buddhist Society, "the newcomer to Buddhism has lacked a simple & reliable introduction to the complexities of the subject.
Dr Rahula’s What the Buddha Taught fills the need as only could be done by one having a firm grasp of the vast material to be sifted. It is a model of what a book should be that is addressed first of all to ‘the educated & intelligent reader.' Authoritative & clear, logical & sober, this study is as comprehensive as it is masterly."
5.0 out of 5 stars If You Want to Learn About Buddhism -
Reviewed in the United States on April 22, 2019
"There are no Chakras, no feng shui, no magic or
miracles or superstitions in Buddhism, just good common sense that teaches you
how to live your life in a way that will reduce the difficulties we all face.
No savior, no god, just a blueprint for your life. The wonderful thing about
Buddhism is that no genuine teaching of the Buddha (Siddhartha Guatama) insist
that you believe in magic or miracles or saviors. "Seek your own
salvation," the Buddha said. This book lays it all out in clear and focused
terms. Too many cultures have infused superstitions and their folk religions
into Buddhism, moving it away from common sense into the weird make-believe of
Chakras and Feng Shui. That is NOT Buddhsim. Read this book if you really want
to learn. Highly recommended by many genuine Buddhist."