WHAT THE BUDDHA TAUGHTWalpola RahulaGrove Press: New York, 1974
In this reliable and insightful introduction to the teachings of the historical Buddha, Dr. Rahula provides general answers to questions pertinent to Westerners. In addition to addressing Buddhist attitudes toward responsibility, attachment, nonviolence, and social justice, the author devotes a chapter to each of the four Noble Truths. A Buddhist monk and scholar, Dr. Rahula eases the reader over difficult hurdles of philosophical thought by placing explanations-the doctrine of nosoul, for example-in contemporary language. The highly readable text incorporates Sanskrit terminology in an accessible and unobtrusive way. Originally published in 1959, now revised and expanded with selections from the Suttas and the Dhammapada, this book remains a classic "textbook" used by dharma and academic teachers alike.