SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY. This little booklet provides short excerpts of the Buddha's first teachings as selected from The Teaching of Buddha, Many temples and dharma schools find Messages from Buddha an appropriate and concise, structured introduction to the Buddha's thought.
We provide the booklet free to individuals on request and in quantity to Temples or other Dharma centers. Distribution currently is subject to the same restrictions as The Teaching of Buddha. That is, we can usually send individual copies or larger quantities anywhere within the continental United States. Contact us if you request shipment elsewhere; and we will forward your request. Or reach out to the appropriate BDK regional office.
This booklet contains parables and simple expressions which represent the essence of the Sutras—the true teachings of the Shakyamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. With ink-brush illustrations.
Passages in the publication were excerpted and edited from The Teaching of Buddha, which is published by Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai. See our catalog of various edition of The Teaching of Buddha at the top of this web page.
Table of Contents
While Messages from the Buddha does not include a separate table of contents, this list of section headings will give you a feel for what it covers.
Introduction [The Three Treasures of Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha] 1
A Question of Life: The Sufferings of the Young Prince 2
The Heart of Buddha 6
A Parable of the Burning House 7
Four Vows 8
Everlasting Buddha 9
The Teaching of Buddha 10
Four Truths 11
Eight Right Paths 12
Causes and Conditions 14
Prejudiced View 15
View of the Middle Way 16
The Form of Water 18
The Seed of Buddhahood 19
Five Walls 20
Dhammapada [sample of seven verses] 21
Seeking of the Path 22
Nonexistent Poppy Seeds 24
The Third Story without the Foundation 25
The Tail and the Head 26
Kindess for the Bamboo 27
The Heart of Arrogance 28
Six Practices 29
The Seven Kinds of Offering 30
Neither Too Tight nor Too Loose 31
Make of Yourself a Light: Rely upon Yourself 32
Buddhist Denominations in Japan 35