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Praise for Basic Teachings of the Buddha:
“In this masterful new commentary on the earliest Buddhist writings, Professor Wallis challenges us with sixteen propositions about human existence itself. Only in this way, he asserts, can modern readers appreciate the Buddha's analysis of the two trajectories facing human beings -- toward pain or toward peace. Wallis offers fresh translations and a reader's guide to sixteen discourses that eloquently illustrate these choices and their implications for our time. All this is introduced by the author's learned reflection on the idiom, meaning, and historical evolution of the Dhamma, Buddha's deepest insights. Glenn Wallis brings wisdom and compassion to this work of scholarship. Everyone should read this book.” -- Christopher Queen, Harvard University
"The Modern West made the Buddha one of its own teachers when the first translations of Pali texts became available in the nineteenth century. This inclusion in The Modern Library of Glenn Wallis’ new and accessible translations of a few of the Buddha’s lectures to his original students, along with Wallis’ elegant guides to how to read these texts, continues this important strand of our cultural history and gives twentieth-first century readers a fresh chance to learn from this teacher to the Modern West." -- Charles Hallisey, University of Wisconsin-Madison