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What Buddhists Believe by K. Sri Dhammananda
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Feb 04, 2014

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bookshelves: gnosticism-mysticism-esotericism, 2009
Read in March, 2009

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 are no references or bibliography for further reading. Much of the content also reflects a more regional Thervada approach, which obviously fits into a general Buddhist framework but should not be confused with Buddhism in general.
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