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What the Buddha Taught, 20 July 2009
As Professor Gombrich of Oxford University says, this book is "By far the best introduction to Buddhism available." He could have added, for critical thinking people. Written by the Singalese Buddhist monk and scholar Dr Walpola Rahula way back in 1958, it has been reprinted innumerable times.
Reading this book 25years ago lead me, a teacher and student of world religions, to turn to Buddhism, and I continue to note that more recent scholarly works on Buddhism usually quote from this short, readable profound and accurate exposition of the basics of Buddhist teaching and practice. Like all large and ancient religions "Buddhism" is a broad church and there are so many variations that one can get lost. Dr Rahula bases his teachings on the Pali scriptures and Southern Buddhist Therevada teachings which academics agree are as close as we can get to the teaching of the historical Buddha, Siddhattha Gautama.