BDK America Reopens Orders for The Teaching of Buddha

Our Most Popular Book Again Available

Dealing with a New Reality   

Moraga, Calif.  December 7, 2017 — BDK America reopens orders for The Teaching of Buddha, the popular compilation of the basic teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha.

Over two weeks ago BDK America, a not-for-profit publisher and Buddhist society, closed orders to be able to handle over two weeks' worth of orders that came in over two days and showed no sign of letting up.

Such a surge of orders is the happy result of the rapid sharing of information on the Internet. That is, the information about our offer — Buddhist teachings sent free anywhere in the continental United States — was spread widely and enthusiastically on several websites.

Access our catalog for The Teaching of Buddha here.

Future Closures Always a Possibility. To do its best possible job of sending out accepted orders in a timely fashion, BDK America will monitor orders and may have to temporarily pause orders in future. We regret this accommodation of a new reality that we never had to deal with for decades since its founding in the 1980s. We apologize to visitors excited about our offer only to find they cannot order a book when they want it. But as we have no control over third-party websites promoting our free materials, the only thing we can control is our own website. The ability to pause orders is the only thing we can control. These occasional pauses allow us to operate and fulfill our mission given limited resources of materials and staffing. We greatly appreciate the patience and understanding of our many visitors.


The Fine Print

Unsolicited publicity about our offers sometimes misses some details, which we would like to make clear. Specifically, our free publications are not free under all circumstances. 

  • Geographic Restrictions. We are unable to honor orders outside the continental United States even if the person ordering would pay for the shipping. Our catalog and shopping cart explain this policy. For requests from outside the continental United States for the free books, we refer the requestor to BDK organizations serving other regions.
  • Quantity Restrictions. We attempt to fill all requests where possible, but we reserve the right to not fill all orders on occasion. For example, if we receive a request for large quantities of a publication, we will typically reach out to the requestor for clarification and more information. 

For more information see also our FAQs

Temporary Holds Do Not Prevent Access to our Books for Sale or PDF Downloads

In addition to the free publication, The Teaching of Buddha, BDK America works with BDK Japan to publish volumes in the BDK English Tripitaka series. Sale of these books are not affected by temporary closures on The Teaching of Buddha. Parties interested in these publications are encouraged to browse our Tripitaka catalog. When the user clicks to add a volume to a shopping cart, the website transfers them to the University of Hawaii Press, our partner in handling sales of volumes in the series. Many of the publications are also available as free PDF downloads, and may be accessed from our downloads listing. Also available as PDF downloads are selected other publications, including the mini-bookletsA Teaching a Day and Messages from the Buddha.

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