The Teaching of Buddha by Society for the Promotion of BuddhismAnyone who has stayed in a hotel in Japan has probably seen a copy of The Teaching of Buddha. First published in 1925, the book was originally edited by Japanese scholars of Buddhism before WWII and distributed widely throughout Japan. The first English edition was published in 1934. The Reverend Dr. Yehan Numata brought out another English edition in 1962, and in 1966, after the establishment of the Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai (BDK) (Society for the Promotion of Buddhism), Dr. Numata assembled a committee of Buddhist scholars to substantially revise and edit a new English-Japanese edition. The Teaching of Buddha has undergone minor revisions and numerous reprintings since. It is now available in more than forty-two languages and over 8 million copies have been distributed and placed in hotel rooms in over fifty countries throughout the world.
The Teaching of Buddha is a collection of writings on the essence of Buddhism, selected and edited from the vast Buddhist canon, presented in a concise, easy-to-read, and nonsectarian format. It also includes a brief history of Buddhism, a listing of the source texts, a glossary of Sanskrit terms, and an index.
EASTERN PHILOSOPHY - The Buddha
The Buddha who is the founder of the Buddhist religion is called Buddha Shakyamuni. One night, Queen Mayadevi dreamed that a white elephant descended from heaven and entered her womb. The white elephant entering her womb indicated that on that very night she had conceived a child who was a pure and powerful being.
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He later taught throughout other regions of eastern India such as Magadha and Kosala. Gautama is the primary figure in Buddhism. He is believed by Buddhists to be an enlightened teacher who attained full Buddhahood and shared his insights to help sentient beings end rebirth and suffering. Accounts of his life, discourses and monastic rules are believed by Buddhists to have been summarised after his death and memorized by his followers. Various collections of teachings attributed to him were passed down by oral tradition and first committed to writing about years later. Scholars are hesitant to make unqualified claims about the historical facts of the Buddha's life.
A Buddha is the holiest type of being in Buddhism. The word Buddha means "enlightened one" in Sanskrit. It is also a title for Siddhartha Gautama. He was the man who started Buddhism. Sometimes people call him "the Buddha".
He lived and taught in the region around the border of modern-day Nepal and India sometime between the 6th to 4th century B. During his meditation, all of the answers he had been seeking became clear, and he achieved full awareness, thereby becoming Buddha. Buddha was born in the 6th century B. Other researchers believe he was born later, even as late as B. He belonged to a large clan called the Shakyas.