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Welcomed in Budhist countries as well as the western world, this volume on Buddhist philosophy describes Buddhist doctrines and retells the events of Buddha's life. Carus relates ancient beliefs and practices to the living present and to the spiritual needs of our time. A special table of reference traces the chapters and verses of The Gospel of Buddha to their main source...more
Paperback, 330 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by One World (UK) (first published February 1st 1982)
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Selene
Wonderful book. It is true that having some working knowledge of Buddhism helps to understand and cherish all that is said in it, but even so, it seems quite clear: the most important parts of the Buddhist doctrine, stripped away from the so-called "spiritism" which sometimes is associated with Buddhism.

It isn't all that astounding that Buddhism and Christianity are quite similar; the most important tennets of both advocate charity and compassion, as well as a renunciation of the "self", and en...more
Frightful_elk
I have no idea how distorted this gospel is from the ancient sources, but it is the book on Buddhism I have long searched for. I have really wanted to know more about Buddhism for quite a while, but book after book has been a huge scholarly disappointment, telling me about Buddhist rite and ritual, giving convoluted accounts of the philosophy of Buddhism which seem to obscure rather than enlighten.
This book presents the accounts of what the Buddha himself said and did. Just as with the Christia...more
Jake
This is a collection of Buddhist parables and "stories". I give this five starts because I got a lot out of it and having studied Buddhism for many years understood a lot of the "meanings" and "morals". I don't know how useful this book would be to a new-comer. Yes, it is easy to read and simply written but it doesn't go much into the philosophy of The Buddha. It doesn't really explain the Eightfold Path, or the Four Noble Truths, but I think the passion of The Buddha comes out nicely. If this i...more
Abailart
1915, I think. Noteable for its appendix comparing sayings of the Buddha with the New Testament, especially John, this is a refraction of the Buddha's actual teachings (of course, one of myriad possible refractions). It is good on atman, no-soul, and as this is fundamental, provides a basic antidote to some contemporary ersatz 'buddhism'.
Linus
I actually couldn't finish this book. I didn't like the style. I may appeal more to those that have had a background in Christian religion(s) but for me, it just doesn't have the same feel as most buddhist books I find.
Philen Naidu
A very well written account of Buddhism. Well translated and written as a story, Paul Carus makes it easy to understand Buddhism, according to the ancient texts, rather than the man-made religion
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Paul Carus, Ph.D. (18 July 1852 – 11 February 1919) was a German-American author, editor, a student of comparative religion, and professor of philosophy.

Carus considered himself a theologian rather than philosopher. He is proposed to be a pioneer in the promotion of interfaith dialogue. He explored the relationship of science and religion, and was instrumental in introducing Eastern traditions and...more
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