Early Buddhist Teachings

A clear, elegant exploration of the basic teachings of early Buddhism, ideal for both general readers and scholars.



248 pages, 6 x 9 inches


ISBN 9781614294528

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ISBN 9781614294689

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Wed, 02/28/2018 - 16:58 -- Dana Guth

Discover the birth of Buddhism and the essentials of Buddhist teachings with this comprehensive explanation of early Buddhism’s key doctrines. You’ll come away with:

  • insight into the beginning of Buddhism and the significance of its core beliefs—dependent arising, non-self, moral life, the diagnosis of the human condition, the critique of theoretical views, and the nature of Nibbāna;

  • a lucid understanding of the Buddha’s challenge to the concept of the subject as a self-entity and the reality of both the subject and object, perceiver and perceived, as a dynamic process;

  • a grasp of early Buddhist teachings as representing a middle position (equally aloof from spiritual eternalism and materialist annihilation) and a middle path (equally aloof from self-mortification and sensual indulgence); and

  • the experience of the Buddha’s teachings on attaining liberation as comprehensible, sensible, and something we can make part of our own practice.