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The Essence of Buddhism [Kindle Edition]

David Tuffley
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Book Description

This book describes the basic principles of Buddhism. Much has been written about Buddhism and how to practice it. Readers will have no difficulty finding hundreds of books on the topic. This book simply focuses on the essence of Buddhism, as expressed in the Four Noble Truths and the Eight-fold Path.

Buddhism is not a religion as such; it does not propose an external God. It does not seek to replace a person’s existing religious beliefs, only to supplement them. The Buddha, in all likelihood, would rather his followers describe themselves simply as Followers of The Way.

Product Details

  • File Size: 565 KB
  • Print Length: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Altiora Publications (December 21, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057H0HTU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,532 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very brief introduction... July 2, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a very small Kindle title with just about 200 'kindle locations' of content. It is certainly not intended to be a complete or exhaustive commentary, and I do not judge it as such. For someone like me, who knows very little about the principles of Buddhism, it serves as a very basic introduction. In fact, in the introduction section it specifically states the goal of the text is to describe the basic principles and to focus on the essence or essential concepts.

The Table of Contents:

The Essence of Buddhism
The Four Noble Truths (including a description of the eight-fold path--which I won't list out or my review will be entirely to long!)
Meditation Practice

I currently live in a part of the world where there are many Buddhist temples and I wanted to have a little more appreciation for the guiding principles. I'm sure I will pick up additional reading, but starting with this text was helpful. I sincerely doubt this will provide any new insight to anyone who has done any study already, but for a person like me it is very interesting!

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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars basic introduction June 30, 2011
By Mei
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This basic introduction to Buddhism takes less than half an hour to read. It starts with an Introduction and a chapter on the essence of Buddhism. The third chapter is about The Four Noble Truths:

1) If you are alive,you will suffer;
2) The cause of suffering is attachment;
3) You can end suffering;
4) End suffering by following the eight-fold path.

The book then gives a basic explanation of this eight-fold path, for exemple: Right View, Right Intention, Right Speech ("The enlightened person therefore tells the truth, speaks with warm gentleness when they do speak, and refrains from speaking when they have nothing important to say") and more. The book concludes with a chapter on meditation.

The book is very basic and only gives an introduction to Buddhism. I got this book as a freebie, but if you have to pay for it you may want to buy a more in-depth book on Buddhism.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff- Just Wished this book had more content January 22, 2013
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I knew this was a short read. Makes for a great introduction/essay into the essence of Buddhism but it isn't a book. I downloaded this book for free so I am giving it 4 stars, but if I had paid $1.99, I doubt I could give more than 3 stars because David could have very easily provided more content for us to read. But what he does provide in this essay is good stuff and very helpful for someone wanting to get their feet wet. A great read for free, a good read for 99 cents, a "no-buy" at $1.99
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A useful introduction September 27, 2011
By Bob
Format:Kindle Edition
Although short this little book provides a good introduction to the history and the basic principles of Buddhism. Should you wish to know more it would be worth getting a bigger book but for an introduction it is very useful as it covers:-
The essence of Buddhism
The Four Noble Truths
The eight-fold path
Meditation Practice
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Meditation Help April 7, 2014
By Daniel
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This simple, short book gives plenty of insight on the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. Plus, helpful tips for meditation. This is a quick and simple introduction to Buddhism for all beginners. If you are interested in learning about the Way, check it out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple clear concise May 6, 2012
By Tl'123
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I thought this book was beautifully and simply written Meditation section a w onderful and simple instruction that works
Mind always wants more... But this one fills the soul.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Book Buddhism April 23, 2012
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Enjoyed the book and the authors rendition of a subject I enjoy reading and learning about. The book helps you to explore the essence of Buddhism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting little book. July 27, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Although this book is small, it is packed full of interesting information.

Being very open to learning about new things, I could not resist buying this compact book. Within, I found everything I needed to know about living life as a Buddhist, and it gave me a basic knowledge and insight into this very interesting way of life.

I thought the chapter on Meditation Practice was very interesting, as it is something I enjoy doing, and think it is a very beneficial thing to be able to do.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My future
This was recommended to me and I am grateful that it was. I am now on a path I didn't even know I wanted to be on. Thank you for the journey I am going on .
Published 17 hours ago by JENNIFER
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good summary of the origin and hisstorical development of Buddhism.
Published 23 hours ago by robert
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Beginners!!!
I love this. Explains the basic tenets of Buddhism in a simple yet elegant way. Great for beginners!
Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great introduction to Buddhism!
Published 10 days ago by Andrew Shroyer
5.0 out of 5 stars just what I've been looking for
Words cannot describe. Refreshing, rejuvenating, relaxing. I think this reviews requirement of a certain amount of words defeats the purpose of this book.
Published 11 days ago by J. Mackrell
3.0 out of 5 stars just not enough
Ok, so this is an intro but there is no meat on this skeleton. We need a little taste to entice us to delve further, no?
Published 12 days ago by Graham Renney
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Breaks down the essence of Buddism , as well as the basic path and Nobel truths.
Published 16 days ago by James Pringle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 16 days ago by ann m larsen
4.0 out of 5 stars Good review of Buddhist beliefs
The four noble truths are really a Buddhist's epistemology. Then the eightfold path brings the Buddhist into a new awareness of life and how to live. Read more
Published 18 days ago by anonymous18
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very helpful
Published 28 days ago by Donna Montelongo
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More About the Author

Dr. David Tuffley is a Lecturer in Applied Ethics & Socio-Technical Studies in Griffith University's School of ICT (since 1999). David was a former IT industry consultant for the 15 years before that.

David is no Ivory Tower academic. His writing is accessible and easy to read by a general audience. He is passionate about helping people to develop their fullest potential. There is a new consciousness dawning in the world. If you have a deep felt need to be part of this awakening, then David's work is for you, for everyone who wants to participate in the new consciousness while continuing to live in the world.

David's interests range broadly from the Classics through to the latest technology, and includes Psychology, Anthropology, Architecture, Philosophy, Comparative Religions and Creativity/Innovation. David is an experienced and engaging public speaker.

David is a prolific writer who has published widely in both the general and academic literature with over seventy publications to his credit, with more being added every month.

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