These seven scriptural writings are considered to be the most important and oldest of the Buddhist religion. Originally written in the Pali language, they date to the fourth and third centuries BC. This early date is what makes them so importantthey form the very core of Buddhist teachings, sought after and studied by monks and scholars for centuries. There could never be a complete understanding of the true meaning of Buddhism without them. Paperback , ISBN 9781585090792, 6 x 9 , 376 pp.