It is also one of the oldest and most beloved classics, cherished by Buddhists of all cultures for its vibrant and eloquent expression of basic precepts.
Buddha's beautiful, concise, and accessible aphorisms profoundly illustrate the serenity and unalterable dignity of the Buddhist path of light, love, peace, and truth. Thomas Cleary provides an enlightening introduction that puts the work into historical, cultural, and religious perspective. In each section, he offers helpful and insightful commentary on the beliefs behind the wisdom of the Buddha's words, translated from the ancient, original Pali text.
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Its practical sayings are grouped under eclectic and useful headings such as Vigilance, Evil, Happiness, Anger, Craving, and Pleasure. In its unique and lovely two-color Wisdom Editions design, these timeless sayings of Buddha will join the Tao Te Ching as a classic gift book and keepsake.
The sights of a crippled old man, a diseased man, a decaying corpse and an ascetic affected him profoundly. He came to the realization that age, disease, death and pain were inescapable and that not even his life of riches made him immune from them.
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He undertook to adopt the life of an ascetic, to search for the truth and liberation from suffering. After some time, he found that extreme asceticism wasn't the route to follow and discovered what Buddhists call the Middle Way - the path of moderation, separate from the extremes of self-indulgence and self-mortification.
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He eventually seated himself beneath the Bodhi tree - in Bodh Gaya, India and vowed not to arise until he had found the truth. After a prolonged period of meditation, he achieved the enlightenment that is the root of the Buddhist religion.
He continued as a teacher for many years, gathering a group of followers. On the day of his death he gave them his final teaching. The precise English translation of these final words, like all Buddhist teachings, is open to interpretation as it was spoken in Pali and passed on orally, not being written down for some centuries after Buddha's death.
One such interpretation is:.
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