New review of ‘Greek Buddha’

A new review is now up on this page of an extraordinary new book that turns Buddhism on its head using rigorous historical scholarship.Greek Buddha Beckwith argues that the Buddha taught the Middle Way, not the other elements that have become associated with Buddhism such as the 4 Noble Truths, karma or nirvana. He argues that the Pali Canon is not a reliable source on early Buddhism, but bases his account on a variety of other sources: Greek, Chinese and Persian texts and Indian rock edicts. Though the Middle Way does not depend for its helpfulness on any historical source, this book will nevertheless be of much interest to anyone who is approaching the Middle Way via Buddhism.

About Robert M Ellis

Robert M Ellis is the founder and chair of the Middle Way Society, and author of a number of books on Middle Way Philosophy, including the introductory 'Migglism' and the more in-depth 'Middle Way Philosophy' series. He has a Christian background, and about 20 years' past experience of practising Buddhism, but it was his Ph.D. studies in Philosophy that set him on the track of developing a systematic account of the Middle Way beyond any specific tradition. He has earned his living mainly by teaching, and more recently by online tutoring.

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  1. Ransom Stoddard: You’re not going to use the story, Mr. Scott?

    Maxwell Scott: No, sir. This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.

    Epigram from ‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’ (1962)

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