The Spirit of the Buddha

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In this slim, enlightening volume, internationally recognized Buddhist teacher Martine Batchelor presents the basic tenets and teachings of the Buddha through a selection of essential texts from the Pali canon, the earliest Buddhist scriptures. Viewed by scholars as the actual substance of the historical teachings (and possibly even the words) of the Buddha, these texts are essential to an understanding of the Buddhist faith and are further illuminated through Batchelor's lucid ...

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Overview

In this slim, enlightening volume, internationally recognized Buddhist teacher Martine Batchelor presents the basic tenets and teachings of the Buddha through a selection of essential texts from the Pali canon, the earliest Buddhist scriptures. Viewed by scholars as the actual substance of the historical teachings (and possibly even the words) of the Buddha, these texts are essential to an understanding of the Buddhist faith and are further illuminated through Batchelor's lucid analysis and interpretations.

Both accessible to non-practitioners and helpful to scholars, The Spirit of the Buddha touches upon key themes, including dharma, compassion, meditation, and peace, among others, creating a panoramic view of one of the world's most widely practised faiths that is deeply rooted in its most vital texts.

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"As well as making those teachings broadly accessible, Batchelor brings them up to date. . . . The Spirit of the Buddha offers entry into the Buddha Way for readers of all faiths, and a wide vista for Buddhist readers of all stripes."—Patrick McMahon, Inquiring Mind

— Patrick McMahon

Inquiring Mind - Patrick McMahon

"As well as making those teachings broadly accessible, Batchelor brings them up to date. . . . The Spirit of the Buddha offers entry into the Buddha Way for readers of all faiths, and a wide vista for Buddhist readers of all stripes."—Patrick McMahon, Inquiring Mind
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300164077
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 7/27/2010
  • Series: The Spirit of ...
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,395,465
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Martine Batchelor, a former Buddhist nun, studied Zen Buddhism under the guidance of Kusan Sunim and is the author of Let Go, Women in Korean Zen, Buddhism and Ecology, Principles of Zen, Meditation for Life, and The Path of Compassion: The Bodhisattva Precepts, a translation of the Chinese Brahma’s Net Sutra. She lives in France.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xi

Introduction 1

1 The life 10

2 The Dhamma, the teachings 29

3 The community of monks and nuns 46

4 Practice 65

5 Compassion 81

6 Ethics 94

7 Peace 107

8 Transmission 115

9 Continuity and transformation 123

10 Modern times 149

Glossary 165

Bibliography 177

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