Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Teachings of the Compassionate Buddha” as Want to Read:
The Teachings of the Compassionate Buddha
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

The Teachings of the Compassionate Buddha

by
3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  233 ratings  ·  16 reviews
With its origins in ancient India, Buddhism is a system of thought that has enriched the religious lives of billions -- and in more recent times, swept through the Western world as well. Now anyone who wants to learn more about Buddhism can go directly to the source, with this collection of original documents -- edited, with commentary, by a Cornell University professor of ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published May 1st 1955 by Signet
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Teachings of the Compassionate Buddha, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Teachings of the Compassionate Buddha

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 669)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Adam Sprague
First off, I just want to say, that just holding this book and carrying it to work with me made me feel less stressed and more happy. The words inside were a bonus! :P I liked this book so much because it wipes away current religion and goes back to the basics...the first teaching of Buddha.

What happens in society is, as social climates change...religion follows suits...where here what is the first 3/4 of the book is just the scriptures alone so you can make your own judgment...just Buddha's si
...more
Adrienne Stapleton
A good collection of original documents. Through the original works, readers become acquainted with some of the basic precepts of Buddhism, the differences between Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism, and the eloquent words and teachings of the Buddha often expressed in parables.
Jordan
Ultimately I feel kind of torn about this book. On the one hand I like that it uses Buddhist writings directly instead of just trying to provide a distilled, simplified summary. The glossary at the back is also helpful for those not familiar with some of the Buddhist terminology, as are the footnotes. The general overview method is nice, but I find it kind of odd that Tibetan Buddhism gets completely neglected. On the other hand, the language was seriously stuffy at points and it was filled with ...more
James
An absolutely invaluable guidebook for anyone interested in the history, theory, and practice of Buddhism. This useful volume includes: Gautama Buddha's origin story, the Fire Sermon, several key selections from the Dhammapada, several ancient Buddhist psalms, a glossary of Buddhist terms, and much more. This book is a more than satisfactory read for anyone who wants to begin the practice of Buddhism, or for one who merely wants to educate himself/herself about the Enlightened One and the religi ...more
Frank Jude
Jul 09, 2009 Frank Jude rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nobody!
Shelves: buddhism
This is not a book I'd recommend to any of my students. The translations are stilted, perfused with western (Christian?) sentiments and often quite boring! It dates from 1955, but the language is not at all 'user friendly.' And for those more interested in an academic survey, there are definitely better collections.

To its credit, it is broad-viewed, and contains texts from most of the important traditions (except for Tibetan/Tantra).
Asoka
May 21, 2011 Asoka rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to learn the basics of Buddhist teaching.
Recommended to Asoka by: My father
Shelves: non-fiction
A good introductory book on Buddhism.
Rich
Canonical intro to Buddhism
Eric Villalobos
This book is a collection of translations of texts that expound Buddhist doctrine as it developed over time. It is not a summary of Buddhist doctrine. As such, it could be used as introductory material, but those readers that had absolutely no background in the study of Buddhism would have to rely on the glossary, footnotes,and introductory passages. Even then they would run the risk of finishing a text without fully understanding the significance of what they had read.

The book gains its value
...more
Emily
Skip the introduction. Anyone with any training in history, anthropology or archaeology will be irritated by the outdated concepts of religion and civilization presented by Burtt in the introduction. Granted, the book was written in the 1950s, but I was still irritated. So then, why read this book? The book provides a great compilation of writings on and by the Buddha. Some of Burrt’s commentary provides an insightful context into the culture and practice. For example, Burrt describes where Ther ...more
Brandon Harwood
One of the best introduction to original Buddhist texts. I have used it in class several times, and it was taught to me in several classes.
Alisha G
I can't really vouch for its accuracy since my knowledge of Buddhism is limited, but this was a comprehensive and accessible introduction.
Ben Morrison
this is what i read when there is nothing going on at my job. it makes me want to kill people just a little less.
Marianne Ogden
This was an interesting book and key to understanding Buddhism.
Jeanette
hard to read.....but full of good information
Nathan
Dec 19, 2007 Nathan is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nearly anyone
Who doesn't like them some Buddha?
Jessie Venos
Jessie Venos marked it as to-read
Mar 24, 2015
Anssi
Anssi marked it as to-read
Mar 23, 2015
Kathryn Duffield
Kathryn Duffield marked it as to-read
Mar 21, 2015
Swapnil
Swapnil marked it as to-read
Mar 20, 2015
Juan Velasquez estrada
Juan Velasquez estrada marked it as to-read
Mar 20, 2015
Jessica
Jessica marked it as to-read
Mar 19, 2015
Kelso Benji
Kelso Benji marked it as to-read
Mar 15, 2015
Shawn
Shawn marked it as to-read
Mar 07, 2015
Tonya
Tonya marked it as to-read
Mar 06, 2015
Alexa
Alexa marked it as to-read
Mar 01, 2015
Lisa
Lisa marked it as to-read
Mar 01, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 22 23 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Shamans Through Time
  • Legends of Charlemagne
  • The Art of Fact: A Historical Anthology of Literary Journalism
  • The Science of Religion
  • The Foundations of Early Modern Europe: 1460-1559
  • The End of the European Era: 1890 to the Present (The Norton History of Modern Europe)
  • Proslogium/Monologium/Cur Deus Homo/In Behalf of the Fool
  • Who Betrays Elizabeth Bennet?: Further Puzzles in Classic Fiction
  • Zen and the Brain
  • Hrafnkel's Saga and Other Icelandic Stories
  • Days of War, Nights of Love: Crimethink for Beginners
  • Selected Letters 1917-1961
  • The Acharnians
  • The Libation Bearers
  • Cleansing the Doors of Perception: The Religious Significance of Entheogenic Plants and Chemicals
  • The Treasure of the City of Ladies
  • Ion
  • Inside the Neolithic Mind: Consciousness, Cosmos, and the Realm of the Gods
3959711
Edwin Arthur Burtt (1892 – September 6, 1989) was an American philosopher who wrote extensively on the philosophy of religion. His doctoral thesis published as a book under the title The Metaphysical Foundations of Modern Physical Science has had a significant influence upon the history of science that is not generally recognized, according to H. Floris Cohen. He was educated at Yale University, U ...more
More about Edwin Arthur Burtt...
The Metaphysical Foundations of Modern Science The English Philosophers from Bacon to Mill Religion in an Age of Science In Search of Philosophic Understanding Types of Religious Philosophy

Share This Book