What the Buddha Taught


Long regarded as one of the best introductions to Buddhism, What the Buddha Taught draws on the actual words spoken by the Buddha to give a lucid and accurate account of the fundamental principles of Buddhist doctrine. Richly supported by extracts from the ancient texts, Walpola Rahula gives clear and direct explanations of Buddhism's essential teachings, including:

  • The Buddhist attitude of mind
  • The Four Noble Truths
  • The Noble Eightfold Path
  • Meditation and mental development
  • What the Buddha taught and the world today

What the Buddha Taught also features an illustrative section of texts from the Suttas and the Dhammapada , a glossary of Buddhist terms and an up-to-date bibliography.

Bibliographic details:

184 pages

Author Details:

Walpola Sri Rahula

The Venerable Dr Walpola Sri Rahula was a Buddhist monk and scholar.  He received a traditional training and education in his native Sri Lanka before studying at the University of Calcutta and the Sorbonne.  He held a chair at Northwestern University, Illinois, and was the Vice-Chancellor of Vidyodaya University, Colombo.  He is widely regarded as one of the most qualified and enlightened scholars of the Buddhist tradition, with a deep knowledge of the original texts.