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ISBN: 
978-1-886-4397-2-6
Publisher: 
BDK America with BDK
Pages: 
116
Publish Date: 
2019
Format: 
Paper

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A Companion Guidebook to "The Teaching of Buddha"

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Learning the Wisdom of Enlightenment is a companion guidebook to The Teaching of Buddha, which is a compilation of Buddhist scriptural passages published by Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai. This book cites passages from The Teaching of Buddha and adds explanations and examples that clarify the meaning of the ancient scriptures in an accessible and contemporary way. This guidebook is for people who want to stop and observe their own minds and to realize the reality of who they are. Just open this book casually and start reading freely from wherever you want. You will encounter an array of illuminating words offering ancient insights that are still relevant for modern living.

Table of Contents

     Foreword     ix
     Notes on Compilation 
   xi

I. WORDS OF TRUTH
     1. Overcoming Hatreds     1
     2. A Greater Victory     2
     3. A Flower without Fragrance     3
     4. My Possessions     5
     5. Mastery of Oneself     6
     6. Buddha’s Teaching     7
     7. Value This Moment     8
     8. Preciousness     9
     9. The Mistakes of Others     10

II. BUDDHA’S PARABLES
     1. Parable of the Poisoned Arrow     12
     2. Parable of the Raft     15
     3. Three Kinds of Letters     18
     4. Parable of an Old Well     20
     5. Lotus Flowers Emerging from the Mud     22
     6. Crude Gold     24
     7. Collar of the Garment     26
     8. Parable of the Moon     28

III. BUDDHIST STORIES
     1. Poppy Seeds     31
     2. The Panthaka Brothers     34
     3. Harp Strings     36
     4. Country Where Old People Were Abandoned     39
     5. Offering of Garments     42
     6. Gratitude to a Bamboo Thicket     44
     7. A Third Story without a Foundation     46
     8. Abandoning Oneself to a Tiger     48
     9. A Young Ascetic in the Himalayas     51
     10. The Legend of King Ajatashatru     55

IV. TEACHING OF TRUTH 
     1. Poem of Enlightenment     59
     2. Dependent Arising     61
     3. The Four Noble Truths     63
     4. Five Walls     66
     5. Unbalanced Perspective     69
     6. Emptiness     71
     7. Purity     73
     8. Buddha-nature     75
     9. Three Ways of Practice     77
     10. The Eightfold Path     79
     11. The Perfection of Six Practices     81
     12. Four Unlimited States of Mind     83
     13. The Middle Way     84
     14. Best Offering     87

V. LIFE OF THE BUDDHA
          Birth as a Prince of the Shakya Clan     90
          Agony in the Life of the Palace     91
          Abandonment of Worldly Life to be an Ascetic     92
          Result of Ascetic Practices     93
          Enlightenment Under the Bodhi Tree     94
          The First Discourse and Missionary Journey     95
          Nirvana at Kusinagara     95
          The Last Teaching of the Buddha     96


     Commentary on the Biography of Buddha     101
     A Pictorial Biography of Buddha     107
     Afterword     115

 

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