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What Buddhists Believe

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  49 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Expanded 4th Edition, 424 pages
Published 2002 by Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia (first published 1964)
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Feb 04, 2014 A rated it liked it
Am downgrading my score after further study and exposure to some books that I think do a better job relaying the fundamentals. At the time I read this book, it did what I needed it to do, which is outline Buddhist beliefs in a general fashion. This would certainly be a solid book to recommend to beginners, but I would say a book like What the Buddha Taught is more concise and to-the-point. The main weakness of this book is that it covers too much, the sections are not well organized, and there a ...more
Jul 12, 2013 Niko rated it it was amazing
Very exceptional read. A good suggestion for western peoples who study Buddhism and are in need of a clearer view of traditional Buddhist philosophy. It takes out the superstitious and ritualistic Buddhism that has seemed to flourish in today's mainstream society. Note to the reader: you should have some prior knowledge of basic Buddhist concepts, otherwise this might be difficult to understand or grasp for you.
Dean P
Dec 28, 2014 Dean P rated it it was ok
The book is really an entry level collection of small essays on basic concepts in Buddhism (Theravada). It doesn't cover all, or even most concepts, though does give a gist for the religion to those who may not have come into contact with it. It was written a good few decades ago, and aimed at a particular audience in SE Asia. The apologetics are a little too simplistic, and many contain numerous logical and common sense holes. Overall, it was a hard slog to finish (due to repition, chatter, etc ...more
Tim Bartlett
Jan 21, 2016 Tim Bartlett rated it it was amazing
Pretty heavy duty ! Interesting to find out the Buddhist take on existence ....
R. August
A good book, but a little too heavy on the hyperbole whenever the Buddha is mentioned. Also, a common facet of the book was "scientists have proven..." or "even modern science agrees with..." without ever really saying who these modern scientists are, how they proved whatever it was or what they actually discovered. The ending chapters were not particular germane to western culture - talking about mediums, charms, and zodiac - though it may just be that I don't move in the right circles. Otherwi ...more
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Nov 21, 2012 Khat Fish rated it it was ok
Although I can't find fault with the content, the tone of the book is rather derogatory. I'm not sure who he is writing for, but he doesn't seem to agree with them.
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Aug 08, 2011 Sundeep Supertramp rated it did not like it
25 pages down, i already gave up reading this... most boring book i've ever read... the words used in this book can only understood by Lamas according to me..
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Ven. Dr. K. Sri Dhammanada Is a household name in the Buddhist world. In more than forty two years as incumbent of the Buddhist Maha Vihara, Malaysia, the Venerable has brought the Buddha Word to countless numbers of devotees who otherwise would have has no access to the sublime message of the Enlightened One.

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