Word of the Buddha

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Word of the Buddha

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A small classic (first English edition 1907) giving the basics of Buddha's Dhamma - the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path:

http://www.urbandharma.org/pdf/wordofbuddha.pdf
Truth is against the stream of common thought, deep, subtle, difficult, delicate, unseen by passion’s slaves cloaked in the murk of ignorance. Vipassī Buddha
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From the Introduction to the 1967 14th edition:
THE BUDDHA

BUDDHA or Enlightened One—lit. Knower or Awakened
One—is the honorific name given to the Indian Sage, Gotama,
who discovered and proclaimed to the world the Law of
Deliverance, known to the West by the name of Buddhism.

He was born in the 6th century B.C., at Kapilavatthu, as the
son of the king who ruled the Sakya country, a principality
situated in the border area of modern Nepal. His persona1
name was Siddhattha, and his clan name Gotama (Sanskrit:
Gautama). In his 29th year he renounced the splendor of his
princely life and his royal career, and became a homeless
ascetic in order to find a way out of what he had early
recognized as a world of suffering. After a six year’s quest, spent
under various religious teachers and in a period of fruitless
self-mortification, he finally attained to Perfect Enlightenment
(sammā-sambodhi), under the Bodhi tree at Gay (today
Buddh-Gayā). Five and forty years of tireless preaching and
teaching followed and at last, in his 80th year, there passed
away at Kusinara that ‘undeluded being that appeared for the
blessing and happiness of the world.’

The Buddha is neither a god nor a prophet or incarnation of a
god, but a supreme human being who, through his own
effort, attained to Final Deliverance and Perfect Wisdom, and
became ‘the peerless teacher of gods and men.’ He is a ‘Saviour’
only in the sense that he shows men how to save
themselves, by actually following to the end the Path trodden
and shown by him. In the consummate harmony of Wisdom
and Compassion attained by the Buddha, he embodies the
universal and timeless ideal of Man Perfected.
Truth is against the stream of common thought, deep, subtle, difficult, delicate, unseen by passion’s slaves cloaked in the murk of ignorance. Vipassī Buddha
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