In the culture of the best-selling Dhammapada: a translation with observation of one of many earliest of the surviving Buddhist texts, which finds the lessons to be remarkably uncomplicated and freed from spiritual trappings.
One of the earliest of all Buddhist texts, the Atthakavagga, or "Book of Eights," is a outstanding rfile, not just since it comes from the earliest pressure of the literature--before the Buddha, because the identify indicates, got here to be regarded as a "Buddhist"--but additionally simply because its method of awakening is so uncomplicated and freed from adherence to any form of ideology. as a substitute the Atthakavagga issues to an instantaneous and straightforward procedure for achieving peace with out requiring the adherence to doctrine. the worth of the lessons it comprises isn't within the profundity in their philosophy or of their authority as scripture; relatively, the worth is located within the effects they convey to people who dwell by means of them. rather than doctrines to be believed, the ebook of Eights describes ability or practices for knowing peace. Gil Fronsdal's rigorous translation with observation unearths the textual content to be of curiosity not just to Buddhists, but in addition to the ever-growing demographic of spiritual-but-not-religious, who search a non secular existence outdoor the constructions of faith.