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Philosophy of the Buddha is a philosophical introduction to the teaching of the Buddha. It carefully guides readers through the basic ideas and practices of the Buddha, including kamma (karma), rebirth, the not-self doctrine, the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, ethics, meditation, non-attachment, and Nibb�na (Nirvana).

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Paperback, 227 pages
Published May 15th 2003 by Routledge (first published 2003)
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Barry
An excellent introduction to Buddhist thought, especially from a Theravada perspective. Although Gowans can sometimes become a little too long-winded, his explanations are often insightful and well explained. The book can be slightly repetitive, but normally beneficially so, as it consistently revisits and re-situates the main arguments of the Buddha. Gowans also does a fantastic job of setting up the basis for a basic understanding of Buddhist though, making this book an excellent first step fo ...more
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An excellent introduction to Buddhist thought, especially from a Theravada perspective. Although Gowans can sometimes become a little too long-winded, his explanations are often insightful and well explained. The book can be slightly repetitive, but normally beneficially so, as it consistently revisits and re-situates the main arguments of the Buddha. Gowans also does a fantastic job of setting up the basis for a basic understanding of Buddhist though, making this book an excellent first step fo ...more
So Hakim
Apr 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Introducing the philosophy of Buddhism in academic manner. Very well-written, concise, and -- above all -- readily makes sense about the religion's more-exotic concepts (for instance anatta [not-self] & monistic world-view). Recommended to those starting, or have been, reading about Buddhism. ...more
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Sep 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Excellent book that treats Buddhism as a philosophy and analyzes its findings and why (or if) one should follow it. This makes Buddhist practice and teachings accessible even to those who have faiths they believe are incompatible with Buddhism.
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