The Gospel of Buddha

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The Gospel of Buddha is an 1894 book by Paul Carus which had a significant influence in introducing Buddhism to the West.


  • Sensuality is enervating; the self-indulgent man is a slave to his passions, and pleasure-seeking is degrading and vulgar. But to satisfy the necessities of life is not evil. To keep the body in good health is a duty, for otherwise we shall not be able to trim the lamp of wisdom, and keep our minds strong and clear. Water surrounds the lotus flower, but does not wet its petals. This is the middle path, bhikkhus, that keeps aloof from both extremes.
    • The Sermon at Benares

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