Excellent Intro to Buddhism


Buddha at Sunrise at MABA by Ven. Kongmu

What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula

This is a very clear and easy to understand introduction to Buddhism. It’s perfect for the beginner.

I have to say I’m enjoying re-reading it now though because it’s helping me see how to offer teaching while clarifying my own understanding at the same time. It’s one of those books we can read again and again and always learn something new.

No matter your faith or religious orientation there’s a lot to learn here. Interestingly, the Buddha taught that we should always keep an open mind and respect all religions. He taught that we should never say my way is the only way. Why? Because this makes the person speaking seem egotistical and demeans the spiritual path of another, thus bringing down both religions.

It doesn’t matter what labels we put on practices that are good and true,  Buddhist, Catholic, Muslim, Jewish or Christian and so on… all that matters is that we all do our best to treat each other with kindness from an open heart. Consider this post then an invitation to explore a short text (only 65 pages) that offers much in the way of illuminating practices that help promote peace and happiness for our selves and all those around us.

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Author: Hillary Johnson

Improvisational documentary and fine art photographer.

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