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jā Nāṇazilokena bhikkh
OF THE BUDDHA.
An outline of the ethico-philosophical
TRANSLATED FROM THE GERMAN
International Buddhist Society.
"One thing only, Brothers, do I make known:
TAKE the liberty of prefacing a few words to the present English edition of "Das Wort des Buddha" which has been prepared from the German edition by the late Superintendent of the Buddhasāsana Samāgama, Mr. J. F. M'Kechnie, now known as Sāsanavamsa.
I would wish the Reader to know that "The Word of the Buddha is not intended as an introduction to the teaching of the Buddha, or as a book on Buddhism merely to be read through and then laid aside. Its aims are, to provide a systematically arranged outline of the Buddha's doctrine for the benefit of such as are already acquainted with its fundamental ideas, and to bring under a single aspect the various parts of that doctrine which at first sight appear to have no connection with one another, but which in fact, when viewed from this aspect, are found all to converge upon a single point,-Deliverance from Suffering, -as expressed by the Buddha Himself in the words I have used as motto: "One thing only, Brothers, do I make known: Suffering and Deliverance from Suffering."
Thus it is that the teaching of the Eightfold Path leading to the cessation of suffering constitutes the real essence of Buddhist doctrine, and only from the standpoint of that teaching do the different details find their due place.
I have given these expositions of Buddhist doctrine in the Buddha's own words, having brought them together from the five Nikayas or Collections of the Sutta-Piṭaka of the Pāli Canon. They have been put together in such a way as to form a connected whole, and thus provide, as it were, a guiding clue to the huge labyrinth of the Sutta-Piṭaka.
The notes, it may be added, are taken from the authoritative Pāli commentaries by Buddhaghosa and from the Abhidhamma. Very rarely have I used my own words. In this English edition they have been considerably expanded, and an Appendix has been added which throws light from another direction, so to speak, upon the Eightfold Path.
Great care has been taken to render the present work an accurate compendium of the teaching of the Buddha ; how far that care has resulted in success, I must leave to the judgment of my Readers.
O CORRIGENDA. Ka
Delete :-ceases; with the cessation of
) self-affirming Action or Kamma.
Wrong Attentiveness, & Wrong
every evil thought
THE HOLY TRUTH OF Suffering
THE HOLY TRUTH OF THE CAUSE OF SUFFERING... II
THE HOLY TRUTH OF THE PATH THAT LEADS TO
APPENDIX.-Discourse on the Great Forty-Fold Train
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