A Manual of Buddhism 出自上座部佛教Venerable Narada的手筆，如The Blueprint of Happiness一樣，亦是一本介紹佛教基本知識的書籍，但探討的內容則較深入和豐富。
Depend on oneself
The Buddha exhorts His disciples to depend on themselves for their salvation, for both defilement and purity depend on oneself. “You yourselves should make the exertion. The Tathagatas are only teachers,” says the Buddha. The Buddhas point out the path, and it is left for us to follow that path to save ourselves. “To depend on others for salvation is negative, but to depend on oneself is positive.” Dependence on others means a surrender of one’s effort.