Basic Teachings of the Buddha (Modern Library Classics) by Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha), Glenn Wallis

By Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha), Glenn Wallis

In Basic Teachings of the Buddha, Glenn Wallis selects 16 crucial dialogues drawn from greater than 5 thousand Pali-dialect suttas of the Buddhist canon. the result's a colourful introductory advisor to learning Buddhist proposal, making use of its rules to way of life, and gaining a deeper figuring out of Buddhist issues in smooth literature. concentrating on the main the most important themes for today’s readers, Wallis offers writings that tackle smooth mental, non secular, moral, and philosophical issues. This functional, inspiring, and fascinating quantity offers an summary of the background of Buddhism and an illuminating research of the center writings that personalizes the suttas for every reader.

“Glenn Wallis brings knowledge and compassion to this paintings of scholarship. all people should still learn this book.”
–Christopher Queen, Harvard University

“A precious sourcebook with a sensible choice of the elemental suttas greater via an eloquent creation and finished notes–altogether a really helpful text.”
–Peter Matthiessen (Roshi), writer of The Snow Leopard and Nine-Headed Dragon River

“Glenn Wallis’s new and obtainable translations of a few of the Buddha’s lectures to his unique scholars, in addition to Wallis’s dependent advisor to the texts, provides twenty-first-century readers within the sleek West a clean probability to benefit from this teacher.”
–Charles Hallisey, collage of Wisconsin-Madison

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Together this group represented a new urban civilization, spearheaded by prosperous merchants who placed a premium on new areas of learning—mathematics, astronomy, and etymology. The Brahmins, representing the old learning, concentrated on memorizing the myriad verses of the Vedas, but that was often was the extent of their knowledge. The new learning made it possible for merchants to expand their activities along international trade routes in the northwestern parts of the subcontinent. The Buddha’s revolutionary contribution to the new learning was a language of rational presentation and psychological analysis, which appealed greatly to the urban intellectuals who were challenging the claims of the entrenched Brahminical teachings and power structures everywhere—in politics, society, and religion.

The appeal of his doctrines was primarily to men of an urban background. 8 Here we find a paradox: On one hand, the Buddha encouraged his followers to abandon family ties and seek the wanderer’s life in order to gain awakening, while, on the other hand, there were more householders than ordained monastics among his followers and friends. These included kings and princes, as well as merchants and professionals. Together this group represented a new urban civilization, spearheaded by prosperous merchants who placed a premium on new areas of learning—mathematics, astronomy, and etymology.

Together this group represented a new urban civilization, spearheaded by prosperous merchants who placed a premium on new areas of learning—mathematics, astronomy, and etymology. The Brahmins, representing the old learning, concentrated on memorizing the myriad verses of the Vedas, but that was often was the extent of their knowledge. The new learning made it possible for merchants to expand their activities along international trade routes in the northwestern parts of the subcontinent. The Buddha’s revolutionary contribution to the new learning was a language of rational presentation and psychological analysis, which appealed greatly to the urban intellectuals who were challenging the claims of the entrenched Brahminical teachings and power structures everywhere—in politics, society, and religion.

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