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This is the Spanish/English edition of The Teaching of Buddha, which compiles basic teachings from the Buddhist canon, organized into convenient chapters. 

Note: Also available in paperback. 

Bilingual Spanish/English edition (Institutions)


Inspired by the early twentieth century publication of a scholarly edition of the entire Buddhist canon, scholars in Japan assembled this collection from Pali and Sanskrit sources to share the most basic Buddhist teachings. The first edition was in Japanese; the second in English. 

Today the publication appears in over 45 languages, and Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai has taken on the mission of maintaining, updating, translating, and distributing this work, with over 8.6 million copies distributed worldwide.

It was the wish of BDK's founder, the late Rev. Dr. Yehan Numata, to see this book distributed widely, so that all may benefit from the Buddha's teachings, regardless of race or creed. Our founder's wish was continued into the next generation under the stewardship of Mr. Numata's son, the late Rev. Toshihide Numata

Our bilingual edition features Spanish and English on facing pages.

Table of Contents

Web Editor's Note: For a sense of the contents of this publication, we are repeating the Table of Contents from our English hardcover edition. Page numbers will vary.


Chapter One   Shakyamuni Buddha       2
    I.   The Life of The Buddha       2
   II.   The Last Teaching of The Buddha      10

Chapter Two   The Eternal and Glorified Buddha    15
    I.    His Compassion and Vows       15
   II.    Buddha’s Relief and Salvation for us      19
  III.   The Eternal Buddha       22

Chapter Three   The Form of Buddha and His Virtues      25
    I.    Three Aspects of Buddha’s Body       25
   II.    The Appearance of Buddha       29
  III.    Buddha’s Virtue      32


Chapter One   Causation      38
    I.    The Fourfold Noble Truth       38
   II.    Causation       41
  III.    Dependent Origination      42

Chapter Two   The Theory of Mind-Only and The Real State of Things       46
   I.    Impermanency and Egolessness      46
   II.   The Theory of Mind-Only      49
  III.     Real State of Things      52
  IV.    The Middle Way      57

Chapter Three   Buddha-Nature      65
    I.    The Mind of Purity       65
   II.    Buddha-Nature      71
  III.   Egolessness       75

Chapter Four    Defilements       81
    I.    Human Defilements      81
   II.    Human Nature      88
  III.    Human Life        90
  IV.    Reality of Human Life       95

Chapter Five   The Relief Offered by Buddha      102
    I.    Amida Buddha’s Vows     102
   II.    Amida Buddha’s Land of Purity     110


Chapter One   The Way of Purification      116
    I.    Purification of the Mind      116
   II.    The Good Way of Behavior     123
  III.    Teaching in Ancient Fables      134

Chapter Two   The Way of Practical Attainment      150
    I.    Search for Truth      150
   II.    The Ways of Practice     163
  III.    The Way of Faith      176
  IV.    Sacred Sayings     184


Chapter One   Duties of the Brotherhood     194
    I.    Renunciants      194
   II.    Lay Followers     200
  III.     Practical Guide to True Way of Living     212

Chapter Two   Building a Buddha Land      225
    I.    The Harmony of Brotherhood     225
   II.    The Buddha’s Land     23
  III.    Those Who Have Received Glory in Buddha’s Land     238

           Source References     245

The Appendixes
   I.    Brief History of Buddhism     258
  II.    Transmission of Buddha’s Teaching     268
  III.    History of “The Teaching of Buddha”     271
  IV.    Index to “The Teaching of Buddha”      273
   V.    Sanskrit Glossary     281

Society for the Promotion of Buddhism and Distribution of “The Teaching of Buddha”      288