The Buddha Speaks: A Book of Guidance from the Buddhist Scriptures

The Buddha Speaks: A Book of Guidance from the Buddhist Scriptures

by Anne Bancroft
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The Buddha Speaks: A Book of Guidance from the Buddhist Scriptures by Anne Bancroft

Here is the core of the Buddha’s teaching in his own words, as it was memorized word-for-word by his disciples and written down two hundred years after his death. These selections from the Buddhist scriptures deal with the search for truth, the way of contemplation, life and death, living in community, and many other topics, serving as an excellent small introduction to the Buddha’s teaching. Whether addressed to monks and nuns, householders, outcastes, or thieves, the Buddha’s teachings are characterized by one main concern: conveying the reality of our bondage to suffering—and the supremely good news that liberation is possible. It is a concern as relevant for people today as it was for the people of north India a millennium and a half ago.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780834821828
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 12/28/2010
Series: Shambhala Publications
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
File size: 514 KB

About the Author

Anne Bancroft is the author of numerous books, including Zen: Direct Pointing to Reality and Weavers of Wisdom: Women Mystics of the Twentieth Century. She lives in England.

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Putting down all barriers, let your mind be full of love. Let it pervade all the quarters of the world so that the whole wide world, above, below, and around, is pervaded with love. Let it be sublime and beyond measure so that it abounds everywhere.—Digha Nikaya


Meditate on that which is beyond words and symbols. Forsake the demands of the self. By such forsaking, you will live serenely.—Sutta Nipata

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