Start reading The Gospel of Buddha, Compiled from Ancient Records on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here or start reading now with a free Kindle Reading App.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

The Gospel of Buddha, Compiled from Ancient Records [Kindle Edition]

Paul Carus , Olga Kopetzky
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Print List Price: £6.99
Kindle Price: £0.00 includes free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
You Save: £6.99 (100%)

Free Kindle Reading App Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.

To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £0.00  
Hardcover £6.75  
Paperback £2.02  
Unknown Binding --  
Kindle Daily Deal
Kindle Daily Deal: Up to 70% off
Each day we unveil a new book deal at a specially discounted price--for that day only. Learn more about the Kindle Daily Deal or sign up for the Kindle Daily Deal Newsletter to receive free e-mail notifications about each day's deal.

Book Description

This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 419 KB
  • Print Length: 149 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1495934969
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004X5RY2K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,628 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
3.0 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful idea 13 Oct. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is essentially the story of Siddhartha and his route to enlightenment. An excellent story that should be retold but not in this way.
It' has been written in the style of the bible and it just makes the story a complete mess. It was not designed to be written in this way and its a very bad idea. The story does not need to be told this way and gains absolutely nothing from it.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars complicated 20 Dec. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
i enjoy buddhism but i found this book very hard to understand, too deep, recommend easier buddhism books in future
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book of Buddha 23 Feb. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It is what it is. . ...... ........ .... . . . . . . . . . . .
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 4.0 out of 5 stars  44 reviews
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Concise Guide 8 Aug. 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on
This excellent anthology of the Buddhist Canon gives those new to Buddhism a very concise overview to the teachings of the Buddha. It is not filled with opinions and personal perspectives--as most Buddhist books are.

The Buddhist scriptures are not very well organized. This book, however, does a great job of presenting some of the most important aspects of the Dhamma in a logical order. Anyone interested in the Buddha's Dhamma should get this book.

I might even venture to say that it replaces Bhikkhu Bodhi's In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon (Teachings of the Buddha).

If you'd like, you can read the entire text of this book ONLINE. Check it out at: [...].
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gospel of Buddha Compiled from Ancient Records 21 May 2012
By selectjustice - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This text was very informative. For those wanting to learning about Buddhism this is a great introduction and easy to understand. I highly recommend this book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An early account of the the Buddhas Life 30 Jan. 2013
By Jason M. Smith - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is one of the first books written on the life of the Buddha. Is is a beautiful book. A sign of the time it was written in, the turn of the 20th century, it is in a a prosaic form much like the Christian Bible. This is a good and a bad thing. It was was probably written this way to win over Christians or to present Buddhism is a prose that would be familiar to Christians. The time line is authentic as far as we know and the author did a wonderful job considering how new Buddhism was at the time the book was published. The translation is not that great but the main points are given. Again, the authors aims seems to present Buddhism as a religion like Christianity and not simply the Dhamma or Dharma which is stories and threads of wisdom meant to show the true meaning of things. There is no Buddhist scripture or Gospel. Only a large collection of discourses. The difference is subtle but worth pointing out and becomes apparent to the not so casual reader. This is a fine introductory book however, even if much of the translation is wrong. The author took some liberties making the stories sound biblical. The deeper teachings (not to be confused with esoteric, The Buddha was not into that) are lost in the simple prose.

I write this review mainly in response to the above review that claims that this book can replace Bodhi's Anthology. This is not true. The Anthology: Words of the Buddha is a collection of real discourses translated from Pali into English. The transcriptions are more accurate and the authors commentary brings into light the deeper teachings of the Dhamma. While the Gospel of the Buddha is nice in its biblical prose, the Anthology presents a much truer account of the Dhamma that may be practiced by anyone. Anthology: Words of the Buddha is dense and not light reading. The discourses themselves can be light reading; once you master their style and depending on the discourse. However, Anthology is written not as a biography but as an expose peeling back one layer of the Dhamma at a time to get at its deepest meanings. Comparing the two as to pick one over the other is quite cumbersome.

For a lighter rendition of the Buddhas story, and in sympathy for the previous reviewer, I would strongly suggest The Life of the Buddha by Bhikkhu Nanamoli. This weaves beautiful translations of the Nikays (Authentic Pali Discourses) into a accurate and complete account of the Buddha's life. It is not as dry as 'Anthology' because it lacks the commentary and it is presented as a biography. Is does not copy the prose of the Bible as does The Gospel of the Buddha but it is a heartfelt, moving account of the Buddha's life. Anything but dry.

One last thing. The cornerstone of Buddhism is mindfulness. Meditation. Not worshiping The Buddha as some cult of personality. The Gospel of the Buddha was written at a time when little was understood about mindfulness. At the very least is will not teach you how to be mindful or meditate. Anthology will get you started. The best mediation manual I have read thus far is Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond by Ajahm Bramn.

Stay away from about 90% of books on Buddhism. Only a true spiritual guide can expound on these ideas to bring them into your heart. Email me and I will give you a list of great books both dealing with Tibetan and Theravada styles.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Read twice for better understandin 31 Dec. 2012
By very useful and fun to boot!! bcrocke. - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
New to learning Buddahism, this book might be some difficult for a beginner like myself. It was easier to understand with a 2nd reading.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 12 Oct. 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Somewhat difficult to read but a must if you want to know the Buddhist scriptures. Gives many insights into the Buddha's teachings.
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category