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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: #2,147 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very brief introduction... July 2, 2011
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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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27 of 34 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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4 of 4 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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3 of 3 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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This is a decent read for those who know NOTHING about Buddhism. As others have stated, it's truly just a BRIEF introduction to some basic principles/ideas associated with Buddhism. I enjoyed reading it for what it is. But I would have been disappointed in it if I thought it was a true introduction, and not just a basic one. I have two thoughts on recommending it...

- If you know anything about Buddhism you can probably afford to skip this book. It's not bad information; you just probably know everything written here.

- If you are new to Buddhism then read it (if it's free) and know that you will need to read much much more than is offered here. It's a quick read that gives you a few ideas about Buddhist beliefs, and that's it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Bought for my daughter's college class
Published 2 days ago by Carrie Darras
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to the basics of becoming a better and more mindful...
This short book is an excellent introduction to those that have an interest in Buddhism.
Providing a basic outline and ideas of small goals to help one enter into... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Julie Ann Trudel
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY REFRESHING
This book is straight to the point and powerful. This book has sparked my interest in Buddhism, not for religious purposes but for enlightened knowledge that can help assist me on... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Alexander Birmingham
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick and Clear
Succinct and straight forward coverage of the topic without any pretense. This little book helped make sense of the tenets of Buddhism.
Published 8 days ago by Sean N. Borde
3.0 out of 5 stars Very, very basic
Extremely short, covering basic (surface) topics only. Reads more like a research paper than a book. Read more
Published 12 days ago by DXH
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars has been such an eye opener, to a path of enlightenment.
Published 19 days ago by Jeremy Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Good intro to Buddhism
This is a good intro to the very basic tenants of Buddhism without any fluff. In fact if you never learn another thing about Buddhism,this book will still serve you well.
Published 19 days ago by Mark Scurlock
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
thank you big big ! for sharing ...
Published 23 days ago by Svay Thol
5.0 out of 5 stars great
As a Buddhist I enjoyed this book and I would recommend this to other buddhists. I am very thankful I found Buddhism in my life
Published 24 days ago by Kyle Patterson
5.0 out of 5 stars great little book
Loved this summary of Buddhism.
Easy to understand, direct to the point of the basic ideas of Buddhism.
If you want to be a better person, just read and follow this book
Published 25 days ago by Maria Pia Leon
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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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