The Teaching of Buddha


About our Book

First published in 1925, The Teaching of the Buddha was originally edited by Japanese scholars of Buddhism before WWII and distributed widely throughout Japan. The first English edition was published in 1934, and a second English edition was brought out in 1962. In 1966, after the establishment of BDK Japan, a committee of Buddhist scholars produced a new English-Japanese edition. The Teaching of Buddha has undergone minor revisions and numerous reprintings since. It is now available in more than 46 languages, and over 8 million copies have been distributed and placed in hotel rooms, in 64 countries across the world. 

Our Kindle e-book edition is available in English via Amazon. 

Purchase the Kindle Version

Thanks to the hard work and leadership of the BDK headquarters in Japan, we are now able to provide free PDF downloads of 45 BDK translations of The Teaching of Buddha — all at no cost to you. Editions are available in most of the world's major languages.

Click this link and you will be taken to a new domain that hosts the many translations for download. Choose your language — from Arabic to Urdu, to some languages in editions that are no longer in print, like Esperanto* — and you can download the entire book or selected sections as you wish.

* Note: PDFs for our Dzongha, Indonesian, and Vietnamese translations are currently unavailable but are coming soon.