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Teachings of the Buddha [Paperback]

Jack Kornfield
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March 13 2012
This treasury of essential Buddhist writings draws from the most popular Indian, Tibetan, Chinese, and Japanese sources. Among the selections are some of the earliest recorded sayings of the Buddha on the practice of freedom, passages from later Indian scriptures on the perfection of wisdom, verses from Tibetan masters on the enlightened mind, and songs in praise of meditation by Zen teachers. The book also includes traditional instruction on how to practice sitting meditation, cultivate calm awareness, and live with compassion. Jack Kornfield, one of the most respected American Buddhist teachers, has compiled these teachings to impart the essence and inspiration of Buddhism to readers of all spiritual traditions.

This edition also includes a new preface by Jack Kornfield and offers a broad array of teachings representing the full spectrum of the Buddhist tradition, including new selections on the role of women in early Buddhism.

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Buddhist teacher Kornfield offers the essence of Buddhist teachings on enlightenment and transcendence in this new edition of his classic compilation of verse, parables and meditations. The selected teachings, translated by Thich Nhat Hanh, Thomas Byrom and Gil Fronsdal, a Zen priest with whom Kornfield trained in Southeast Asia, come from both ancient texts of the Buddha’s lessons and the poetic instructions of bodhisattvas, or awakened teachers, from India, Tibet, China and Japan. Eschewing both luxury and asceticism, the Buddha discovered a "Middle Path" of inner and outer balance in his search for enlightenment. "The Dharma of the Buddha does not require a person to go into homelessness or to resign from the world, unless he or she feels called upon to do so," advises the teacher Ashvaghosha in "Living in the World," but instead it "requires every person to free themselves from the illusion of self, to cleanse one’s heart, to give up one’s thirst for pleasure, and lead a life of righteousness." Like other religious texts, many of the teachings focus on the basic steps toward spiritual awakening, such as mindfulness, generosity, and loving-kindness. These tend to be short, comprehensible and quietly poetic. On Virtue, the Buddha said: "Like garlands woven from a heap of flowers, Fashion from your life as many good deeds." There are parables whose messages are not as straightforward, of course, and there, readers are left to their own musings, since aside from Kornfield’s brief introduction, the book only presents the inspiring literature.
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"A remarkably readable book that records some of the earliest recorded sayings of the historic Buddha."—East and West Series

"An inspirational treasury of essential teachings from Buddhist literature—selected by one of the best-known American Buddhist teachers."—Snow Lion

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5.0 out of 5 stars Buddha uncovered. Feb. 23 2014
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It satisfied my curiosity. It didn't have to have great prose nor was I looking for revelation. I was ruinous .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good compilation Jan. 23 2014
By P. Holz
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This book contains the different buddhist texts, i love the introduction. it is a must have for everyone who likes to ponder about spirituality and faith and likes some buddhist advice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great daily meditations March 20 2013
By karma - Published on Amazon.com
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We are using it as a daily meditation book. I'm sure it would also be a nice read cover to cover, but I enjoy just letting it fall open where it will and pondering the wisdom.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For Devout Buddhist May 9 2013
By William Eric Herron - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent and enlightening and better understanding of Buddhism. Simple to understand both in belief and practice. A simple way of life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wisdom literature March 14 2013
By Dave Dugan - Published on Amazon.com
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More wisdom from my favorite Buddhist author. You can read it through or read sections for inspiration. You can't go wrong with the Buddha and Dr. Jack.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lack of table of contents a deal-breaker April 6 2013
By McMoonwalker - Published on Amazon.com
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I could hardly believe that this version of the book had no table of contents. I bought it after picking up the an old Barnes and Noble hardcover copy at a relative's house and really liking the short length and lucidity of the passages in that edition. Now, having to thumb madly through the pages to find a section that I want to read is a hindrance. A Buddhist might say that I'm attached to my desire to read something that I want to... but the truth is, I paid for this book, and would have paid much less (maybe one American dollar) had I known it would be so inconvenient.

Two stars because, if you have all the time in the world to get through the unorganized content, the writing is pretty easy to understand and could support readers in search of happiness.
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and understamd April 13 2014
By Hottie Pepper - Published on Amazon.com
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The book includes traditional instruction on how to practice sitting meditation. If the reader does not have a full understanding of compassion they will after reading this book. This author is said tp be one of the most respected American Buddhist teachers. I was disappointed that the book is extremely small because I like to place books on my book shelves. Since I couldn't do that I passed it on.
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