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on 9 June 2013
perfect little book, exactly what was described, in nearly perfect condition. I do love the fact that it is from Edinburgh University Library! Someone clearly stole it hahaha
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on 12 January 2007
This book offers little snippets from original Buddhist texts, translated into easy-going English. Each entry is prefaced by a helpful and insightful intoduction, and they are arranged thematically in a way that makes a lot of sense. This introduction to Buddhism takes an entirely different approach than that offered in introductory texts by, for example, Hagen, Keown, Carrithers and Stokes. Arguably this approach is better, letting the original texts speak for themselves.
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on 5 April 2012
The stated aim of this book is to provide a representative sample of the vast range of historical Buddhist texts. Being no scholar of Buddhism I can't judge how well it achieves this. What you get is a scrap book of mythology (of the 33-Buddhas-on-a-pin-head type), transcripts of rituals, magic spells, a bit of philosophy, travelogues.... Much of this stuff is of anthropological interest only.

What I didn't get was a coherent sense of what the Buddha himself (i.e., Sakyamuni) actually preached. Probably it was naive of me to hope for this, but for this reason I wouldn't recommend this book for beginners or those with a passing interest in Buddhism. Instead I'd suggest a more modern guide, or the Dhammapada: A New Translation of the Buddhist Classic with Annotations.
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on 24 February 2010
there are all kinds of texts within this volume, some junk, many gems, no real affilation with any paticular school or period. it is like a grap bag of different buddhist texts and if it werent for the price id give it five stars
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on 18 June 2015
good
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on 14 October 2011
Both books received within the specified delivery period and in fine condition. Look forward to doing business with you in the future. Thanks.
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