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Introduction to the Buddhist Scriptures

Author Nina van Gorkom


An Introduction to the Buddhist scriptures with the aim to encourage the reader to study the texts themselves. In that way they can verify that the Buddha’s words were directed to the practice of what he taught, in particular to the development of right understanding of all phenomena of life. In the Appendix there is an enumeration of the texts of the Tipiṭaka and their commentaries with their translations into English. For the chapters many ideas were taken from lectures broadcast on a radio program in Thailand by Sujin Boriharnwanaket. She quotes extensively from all three parts of the scriptures, explains their meaning and inspires people to relate them to their daily life. If the texts are studied only with the purpose of intellectual understanding, we will fail to see the message they contain for our life at this moment and we do not understand the goal of the Buddha’s teachings.

It is a follow-up to Nina van Gorkom ’s book “The Buddha’s Path”.

Short Description An Introduction to the Buddhist scriptures with the aim to encourage the reader to study the texts themselves. The book has a particular emphasis to help with the development of right understanding of all phenomena of life, at the present moment. It is a follow-up to Nina van Gorkom ‘s book “The Buddha’s Path”.

Table of Contents Abhidhamma in the Scriptures, The Long Road, Wrong View and Right View, The Daily Life of the Monk, The Duties of the Lay-follower, The Four Applications of Mindfulness, The Scriptures and Commentaries.

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

Language English


ISBN Complete: 9781897633359

Book Type B&W 6 x 9 in or 229 x 152 mm Perfect Bound on Creme w/Matte Lam

Publication Date: January 2019

First published:

Page Count: 102

Book type Paperback

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Thema Subject Category: QRFB1

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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.