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Over the years a number of expositions of the Buddha’s teachings have been published in English, but many lack authenticity and do not represent what the Buddha taught correctly. Hence the need for this authentic and comprehensive book based on the Four Noble Truths, which are the central conception of Buddhism, and the Noble Eightfold Path, which is Buddhism in practice.
The Buddha’s Ancient Path is a book on basic Buddhism with a difference, for it was written by a monk who was a native of Sri Lanka, a scholar and a well-known preacher. He has the Pali Canon and the Commentaries at his fingertips, so that the book is full of apposite stories and quotations of what the Buddha said— many of them hard to find elsewhere in English.
The Buddha never claimed to be a saviour who tried to save souls by means of a revealed religion. Through his own perseverance and understanding he proved that infinite possibilities are latent in man and that it must be man’s endeavour to develop and unfold these possibilities.
– Piyadassi Thera
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