Where should I start reading in the teachings of buddha?
I just got the Middle Length Discouses of the Buddha but I dont know where I should start. I know in the Christian Bible its recommended to start in one of the gospels. Any suggestions?
Suggestions Hmmm Yes Come back Human
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse is full of wisdom and concepts that the Buddha would approve of. It's all about finding your own path and revealing your true Self.
It is also an amazing book and is the reason I stopped following Catholicism and started following myself.
I suggest starting at the beginning by first learning about the history of Siddartha Gautama and what he set out to do and why. The very core of Buddhism lies in the Four Noble Truths, so learn those next. He also has the 12 steps of Dependent Origination http://www.buddhanet.net/funbud12.htm
and the Five Precepts http://www.thebigview.com/buddhism
From there you can explore the many schools of thought in Buddhism, and take from them what you find to be wise.
Starting with the Discourses or the Dhammapadas is like walking in to the middle of a movie. You have to know where the Buddha was coming from first, what his goals were, and how he eventually became enlightened and found a path to stop the cycle of suffering.
I would suggest the Buddha's first sermon, the Dhammacakkapavattana Sutta ( Samyutta Nikaya LVI, 11), known in English as "Setting in Motion the Wheel of the Dhamma", found at
The others build on that.