View on GitHub


Meta data on print books

About The Buddha’s Path

(French translation available on Amazon and at this link:

An Introduction to the doctrine of Theravada Buddhism for those who have no previous knowledge. The four noble Truths - suffering - the origin of suffering - the cessation of suffering - and the way leading to the end of suffering - are explained as a philosophy and a practical guide which can be followed in today’s world.

The author has a deep authoritative background and has already had several books on the Abhidhamma (higher teaching) published. This book explains the Buddhist doctrine in a straightforward manner but does not shy away from the ‘depth, subtlety and difficulty’ of the original teaching. Contains 50 quotations from the original Pali texts.

Support Web Site

Short Description An introduction to the doctrine of Theravada Buddhism and the development of mindfulness through the Buddhist tradition.

Table of Contents Preface: Introduction: The truth of suffering: The truth of non-self: The mind: Deeds and their results: Good deeds and a wholesome life: Mental development and meditation: The Eightfold Path: Glossary.

Keywords abhidhamma; buddhism; mindfulness; meditation; vipassana; insight

Language English

Edition 3rd revision

ISBN Complete: 978-1-897633-29-8

Publication Date: 5/1/2014

First published: 1994

Page Count: 122

Book type Hard back, plain cover, B&W 6 x 9 in or 229 x 152 mm Blue Cloth on Creme.

Thema Subject Category: QRFB1

Licence: This work is licensed under the: Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit:

Market pricing

Spain Printer Network 24.00 USD; United States 24.00 USD; United Kingdom 18.00 GBP; Canada 31.00 CAD; European Union 20.00 EUR; Australia (GST Exclusive) 32 AUD; Brazil Printer Network 24.00 USD; Germany Printer Network 24.00 USD; Russia Printer Network 24.00 USD; South Korea Printer Network 24.00 USD; Poland Printer Network 24.00 USD; China Printer Network 24.00 USD; India Printer Network 24.00 USD; Italy Printer Network 24.00 USD.

Reviews: A thorough introduction to Buddhist ideas. The writer has a knack of relating profound concepts to daily life. (Amazon)

5.0 out of 5 stars. Clear, accurate and packed with info.(Amazon)

I consider “The Buddha’s Path” to be the best introductory book on the Buddha’s Teachings with its emphasis on understanding the truth of life at this very moment as taught by the Buddha. (Sarah Abbott, Dhamma Study Group, Thailand)

About the author

Name: Gorkom, Nina Van Role: Author

International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI): 0000 0000 6398 0326


Nina van Gorkom was born in 1928 to a family of socialist intellectuals. Her father was a member of the Dutch parliament. She studied at Leyden University and during this time she became a Catholic. In 1952, she married Lodewijk van Gorkom, a Dutch diplomat.

In 1965, Lodewijk was posted to Thailand and Nina started learning the Thai language. She took a keen interest in Buddhism, attending classes for foreigners at Wat Mahathat. There she met, in the summer of 1966, Sujin Boriharnwanaket. Impressed by the profundity of the Buddhist teachings, she became convinced of the truth of the Buddha’s words and later assisted Khun Sujin in discussions about Buddhism for Thai radio stations. These talks were later published as Buddhism in Daily Life, her first book.

Nina and Lodewijk left Thailand in 1970 and lived in Japan, New York, Indonesia (where Lodewijk was the Dutch ambassador) and Austria. Lodewijk retired in 1990 and she now lives in The Hague in Holland.

Nina’s writings are well-known amongst English speaking Buddhists, and she is highly respected in Thailand where several of her books have been translated into the Thai language with (after many reprints) over one hundred thousand copies now. Her books have also been translated in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Nepal, China, Vietnam and Germany.

Prior Work:

Buddhism in Daily Life; The Buddha’s Path; Cetasikas; A Survey of Paramattha Dhammas (translator); The Perfections Leading to Enlightenment; Lovingkindness in Buddhism; The Conditionality of life; The Buddhist Teaching on Physical Phenomena; Taking Refuge in Buddhism (translator); The World in the Buddhist Sense; Understanding Reality; Introduction to Abhidhamma; Abhidhamma in Daily Life.

Location: The Hague, Holland.