Download The Essence of Buddhism as PDF
Buddhism is the world's fourth-largest religion and is based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, or the Buddha, who lived around the 5th century BCE. His life and teachings were memorized by his monks for four months a year, and when Gautama died, they got together and codified Buddhism, which is considered both a religion and a philosophy and has many variants throughout Asia. They didn't get around to writing any of this down for another 400 years, so the monks probably fudged some facts over time. But the message is still clear over all that time and distance: compassion is the key to self-liberation.
The Essence of Buddhism is a collection of short sayings from many Buddhist teachers and mystics throughout the ages. Whether it's from an Indian, Tibetan or a Japanese teacher, these snippets of wisdom are good for a quick and enlightening read on the go.
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