The Message of the Buddha
Perhaps one of the best beginner’s books ever written
on the Buddha’s teaching, Jayatilleke’s marvelous book, The Message
of the Buddha, gives the dedicated beginner a concise and panoramic
view of Buddhist principles. Starting with the historical context
of Buddhism, Jayatilleke then proceeds to touch on such important
Buddhist topics as the Buddhist conception of truth, the Buddhist
attitude to God and the Buddhist doctrine of karma.
With such a dazzling overview of Buddhism, one wonders
why this book is no longer in print and why it is almost impossible
to obtain used copies. I guess only the publisher knows the answer.
It is a shame, for both in scope and depth, The Message of the Buddha
far exceeds the current front runner, Walpola Rahula’s book, What
the Buddha Taught which is regrettably little more than an in depth
overview of the Four Noble Truths. We can think of no other beginner’s
Buddhist book on the market today which holds a candle to Jayatilleke’s
work. It is a must for the serious beginner and others who require
a fair minded in substantive overview of Buddhism.
Considering the difficulty and expense of acquiring
a good used copy of Message of the Buddha, or even a dog-eared copy,
this CD copy on an Adobe Acrobat PDF format is a bargain for the
price. Both PC users and Mac users will appreciate the humble efforts
of the Buddhists who made it possible to bring this wonderful book
to the public on CD. — The Zennist
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