The Buddha before Buddhism: Wisdom from the Early Teachings

The Buddha before Buddhism Wisdom from the Early Teachings None

  • Title: The Buddha before Buddhism: Wisdom from the Early Teachings
  • Author: Gil Fronsdal
  • ISBN: 9781611803242
  • Page: 308
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Buddha before Buddhism: Wisdom from the Early Teachings”

    1. This book gave different insights that I never had thought about before even with all of my yoga training and eastern religion studies. I was fascinated by the philosophies given throughout. I think that this was good to look at life in a new way and that the principles can be applied even if people are not religious but that it is a way of living that is a way of peace. I found that there is more to life when we can understand other religions and that we can respect others for what they believe [...]

    2. The actual suttas were beautiful and Fronsdal's philological notes were illuminating. I got this out of the library but liked it so much I'll probably buy a copy.One criticism: I don't know Pali myself, but the translation seemed a bit too literal--there were places where the English was awkward/ungrammatical and I assumed that was because it was tracking the source too closely.

    3. The Atthakavaga presents a Buddhism very different from what most people think of as Buddhism. Almost Taoist in its emphasis on letting go rather than taking up anything. I'll be returning to this text often.

    4. The author's introduction as well as his commentary preceding each section provides helpful context and perspective. I found it made the text much more approachable. This alone makes this translation more than worth purchasing.

    5. The simple, easily understandable language of Gil Fronsdal's translation of the Atthakavagga ("Book of Eights") belies the profound message in this slender volume: peace is possible in this very life. Dr. Fronsdal's commentary is invaluable.

    6. Fascinating look at some of the earliest recorded teachings of the Buddha, which should be of interest to secular readers, too.

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