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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: #2,331 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
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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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26 of 32 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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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 short and direct. Best first read about the theme
short and direct. Best first read about the theme.
Published 5 days ago by Dyego Vasconcelos
4.0 out of 5 stars Calming
After a busy day running around with kids, reading this book(even a little bit at a time) helped calm me down at nights.
Published 6 days ago by Jennifer Larkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very easy to understand.
Published 10 days ago by SUSAN MCDONALD
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear, detailed, essential reading.
I found it a fascinating book, as well as informative. It was the essence, the bare backbones of Buddhism. It was a fast yet interesting read. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Kylie
3.0 out of 5 stars Just a Little Thing
It is OK. It is only a short synopsis of what Buddhism is, therefore I say it is OK; (that is what a 3 rating means). Read more
Published 13 days ago by OlDavyBoy
5.0 out of 5 stars great introduction
Short and simple (hard to find a book that fits this description regarding Buddhism). Very clear and informative. A great introduction to Buddhism.
Published 17 days ago by Steven
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and to the point.
A great way to start learning about Buddhism and meditation. Perfect for someone who wants the basics without a lot of unnecessary information.
Published 18 days ago by Israel Gonzalez II
5.0 out of 5 stars good
Good read. It was enlightening and would recommend this to anyone who is looking for direction with the Buddhist way
Published 18 days ago by Mr V Ravindran
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful
I very much appreciated learning the basics of Buddhism and on meditating. Thank you for writing this in a simplistic form.
Published 18 days ago by Judy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction
I found this book to be a great introduction of Buddhism. I am at a place in my life where I am in need of a higher state of consciousness and to be a better person. Read more
Published 19 days ago by MackLB
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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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