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The Beginnings, 2 Feb. 2013
Scholarly, but an easy read. The author uses semantics and source comparisons to tease out what Buddha more likely said, taking into account the historic contexts of culture, place and being before written language. Great presentation of how Buddha used Jain & brahmin concepts & practices in his teachings. Explains terms such as skandas, non-being, etc in the context of process. Very good explanation of the meaning & importance of karma as Buddha redefined it. I recommend it for practicing Buddhists.