Brilliantly and concisely summarises the essence of core teachings such as the Jataka Tales, Samyutta-nikaya, Anguttara-nikaya, Diamond Sutra, White Lotus Sutra, Vimalakirt-nirdesa, Lankavatara Sutra, Sutra of Golden Light, Flower-Ornament Sutra, Perfection of Wisdom teachings, the Abhidharma and more. Also addresses the question of what actual constitutes Buddhism's authentic canonical literature. This new edition includes a fresh preface by the author. Realizing that he was a Buddhist at age 16, Sangharakshita eventually spent 20 years in India. Returning to England, he established Friends of the Western Buddhist Order (1967); Western Buddhist Order (1968). Author of nearly 50 books.