Rupert Gethin's THE FOUNDATIONS OF BUDDHISM, easily and inexpensively gotten, provides a good historical od early Buddhist thought. I would also recommend Peter Harvey's AN INTRODUCTION TO BUDDHISM, which can be gotten cheaply used. An excellent essay is this:http://books.google.com/books?id=ZlyDot ... t&resnum=1
Though it is not the easiest way to read it, it is well worth reading, giving a detailed discussion of the context of the Buddha's time.
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond. -- SN I, 38.
There is freedom from birth, freedom from becoming, freedom from making, freedom from conditioning. If there were not this freedom from birth, freedom from becoming, freedom from making, freedom from conditioning, then escape from that which is birth, becoming, making, conditioning, would not be known here. -- Ud 80
Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.
dheamhan a fhios agam
Damned if I know.