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Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment

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Deepak Chopra brings the Buddha back to life in this gripping New York Times bestselling novel about the young prince who abandoned his inheritance to discover his true calling. This iconic journey changed the world forever, and the truths revealed continue to influence every corner of the globe today.

A young man in line for the throne is trapped in his father's kingdom an
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ebook, 288 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Harun Harahap
Mar 15, 2010 Harun Harahap rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: punya, fiksi, terjemahan
Namaste *Aku menyapa apa yang suci dalam dirimu*

Berikut ajaran Buddha yang terdapat dalam bab Epilog:
Kebenaran Mulia Pertama : Kehidupan mengandung penderitaan
Kebenaran Mulia Kedua : Penderitaan memiliki sebab, dan sebabnya dapat diketahui.
Kebenaran Mulia Ketiga : Penderitaan dapat diakhiri.
Kebenaran Mulia Keempat : Jalan untuk mengakhiri penderitaan ada delapan ruas.

Lalu apakah delapan ruas tersebut?
Pandangan Benar, Pikiran Benar, Perkataan Benar, Perbuatan benar, Mata Pencaharian Benar, Daya U
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Shawn Sorensen
A fascinating, readable fictionalized account of Buddha's life, conveniently broken into three sections: prince, monk, Buddha. We learn that Buddha's mission was to conquer fear and desire and live in total freedom - and that this was his calling from an early age. We learn that he gave up the life of prince and husband and father to live alone in the mountains - and survived an encounter with an enraged serial killer in the woods by simply walking away. We learn that Buddha avoided thinking in ...more
Patrick
Oct 08, 2008 Patrick rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book because I love Buddha. He was a sweet dude and I dig what he did for humanity. So did Herman Hesse and that's why he wrote Siddhartha an amazing work of insight and revelation about the core of Buddhist thought and the life of a man who brought his message of silence and contemplation to the world.

Chopra does a great disservice to Siddhartha and all people with his book. Not only does he muddle the concepts of Buddhism, but he completely misrepresents the man and what he w
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Paul Wilder
Jul 02, 2007 Paul Wilder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those interested in spirituality in general
This was a very entertaining and inspiring fictional account of the life of the Buddha. Most of the characters and events of the novel are from the passed down story of Buddha, but it is the depiction of his inner experience that is imagined. The scope of the novel is wonderful in that it starts with his life as Prince Siddartha, moves next into his years as Gautama the monk, then to his enlightenment and subsequent transformation into the Buddha. He was truly an Everyman, and his story demonstr ...more
Theresia
Jul 07, 2008 Theresia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f-english
First thing first, I honestly have no idea of what to call this book with.

I broke the spin of my copy, fyi, for I read and reread it. I was moved, I admit, as much as I was shaken by the message.

In the first part, Chopraji managed to sow the story of feral, raw, ancient India so well, so unbelievably human, Siddhartha included. It wasn't difficult to, say, picture the characters. Unfortunately, it degrades in the second part, "Gautama the Monk." Chopraji said in his foreword that Buddha is as hu
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Aditya
Jun 12, 2007 Aditya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One major reason I liked this book is because it takes a 'what-if' approach to the story of Gautam Buddha and presents an alternative explanation of events. I also liked the last part where the author discusses the teachings of Buddha in a Q&A section. I think this should have been put in the narrative itself coming directly from Buddha. That said, there were some of the teachings in his conversations with his new disciples. The writing/language was pretty ordinary, compared to books like Si ...more
Sara Montgomery
Well, it's fiction, so that's disappointing. I must say, I have a much darker view of Buddha after reading this and that leaves a bad taste in my mouth for Chopra. I know Chopra is supposed to be a great spiritual teacher but I think he did a poor job of carrying the story and his journey to enlightenment in an understandable and valuable way. He made the error of assuming the reader had his knowledge of the subject and didn't take the lead to unfolding Buddha's enlightenment. More of a bystande ...more
Roniq
Jan 28, 2008 Roniq rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in Spirituality, Buddhism,Adventure and or Fantasy
This book was wonderful!! A tale of Buddha as imagined by Deepak Chopra. We learn of Siddartha's birth, His relationship to all those around him and about his life protected from the world behind walls of the kingdom while trying to find his own true path. A tale full of war, love, Jealousy, death, passion and following ones true Soul calling. This book is a great descriptive read full of fantasy, adventure and spirituality. Included are Buddha's life after enlightenment and a breakdown of the e ...more
Natali
May 11, 2008 Natali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a great personification of a historical figure. I really enjoyed reading it and can see myself referring to it again in my lifetime.

Following the story, Chopra offers a synthesis of the Buddhist doctrines that he hopes you will learn from the novel. This explanation leaves a little to be desired but I think his intention is that the reader use the story as a springboard to deeper exploration of Buddhism.
David
Apr 19, 2017 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
The story of the Buddha has been told time and time again, and various accounts of his life story have been recorded in books, films, and other media. This version, Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment, was written by Deepak Chopra, an alternative medicine advocate in the New Age movement. I hadn't read any of Chopra's other books prior to this one, so I approached this book with very few expectations.

The book is broken up into three main sections: "Siddhartha The Prince", "Gautama The Monk", and "B
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Ann
Oct 13, 2010 Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The life of the Buddha is far too long & complicated to put down easily in such a small volume but overall good starts for those who want to read & learn how Buddhism come about. It is light and easy to read. Since this partly fictionalized version, the historical backgrounds have to be taken as just that while the fictional part lacks interesting quality in my opinion. Buddha's life can be concluded in three phases: the Prince, the Monk, and the Enlightened Buddha. I like the way Deepak ...more
Rachel Bird
When I saw this at a bookstore I felt joy wash over me. I had to get it even if I had already read Siddhartha and felt the territory had been covered. I'd never read a book by Chopra and really wanted to give it a shot.

I just finished it this morning and am reeling from it. I was disappointed a lot of the way through because I felt that Guatama's (Buddha name as a prince) coming-of-age story was largely irrelevant. What I really wanted to know were the details of how he became enlightened. There
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Brendan
Jun 11, 2012 Brendan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As the author points out in the preface, the story of the Buddha is a story that is naturally shrouded in mystery. Over the past 2000 years, people have added to the story, embellished, and recounted the life of the Buddha in various ways. Mr. Chopra is no different. In this book, he takes these same liberties in creating his own version of the story of the Buddha. In his words, he takes the opportunity to "fictionalize" but tries to keep the book "psychologically true." In doing so, he takes th ...more
Uma
Feb 04, 2009 Uma rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Sher
Sep 03, 2012 Sher rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Book 53 2012 Reading Challenge-- This retelling of the Buddha's life was okay. Like, Siddhartha written by Hesse , this text also has Hindu elements. I began by listening to this book on tape, but I wasn't able to enjoy Depak Chopra's narration. I found the heavy accent and emotional emphasis added to certain words and phrases --distracting. Normally I can tolerate any narrator, but not this time. So, I switched and read the book in print. I found the story has a quite a bite to it and a variety ...more
Swetha Chodavarpu
I've always wanted to learn more about Buddhism.
The more I read about it, the more intrigued I got.
While the plot at the beginning of the novel was as interesting and informative as the story in the end, somewhere in the middle, I lost interest.
Buddha the Compassionate One was the best part in my opinion; Finally! Some questions answered!

In the end, the book left me with many questions of my own about the religion, and it helped me answer a few I had before.
The epilogue was really interesting
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Bern
Aug 01, 2011 Bern rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was absolutely fantastic. It was written quite well, captivating, and educational. Definitely recommend it for anyone who is interested in Buddhism or different religious/spiritual beliefs.
htanzil
Siddharta Gautama adalah salah seorang tokoh sejarah yang juga dikenal sebagai pendiri salah satu agama tertua yang masih dianut di dunia hingga kini. Melalui dirinya yang telah mengalami pencerahan sejati, ia mengajar dan melahirkan sebuah keyakinan yang kini disebut agama Buddha.

Bagi para penganutnya riwayat hidup pangeran Siddharta yang kemudian menjadi Sang Buddha tentu sudah hafal diluar kepala. Namun bagi sebagian lainnya mungkin hanya mereka ketahui secara singkat lewat pelajaran agama di
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Melanie
I really enjoyed this story and thought it was very well written. However, I didn't like the violence in the story and was especially sad for the female characters who always ended up with the worst story and the worst fate. They either died, or were raped and died, or had to live in suffering.

I'm not sure I fully understood Buddha's path to enlightenment, it was difficult to get the meaning of his journey in it's entirety, but I did like the descriptions and the sensations of his soul travellin
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Roos
May 15, 2008 Roos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: furious
Dah lama selesai nih buku...

Mengutip kata-kata Deepak Chopra...bahwa kehidupan Buddha itu adalah D.R.A.M.A yaitu Distraction, Regression, Adjusment, Maturity and Action , setuju gak yah?
Dalam buku ini memang Deepak lebih dalam mengungkapkan apa yang terjadi terhadap Sidharta...perang batinnya menghadapi Devadatta, Ayahnya, orang-orang yang mempunyai expectasi lebih terhadapnya, Setan Mara bahkan perang melawan dirinya sendiri...Awal hidup sebagai pangeran, lalu hidup sebagai petapa, pengembara
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Sophie Carter
Jun 25, 2014 Sophie Carter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I blew through this book in about 24 hours, and by the end, I was not only convinced that I want to convert to Buddhism, but I was also 10x more knowledgeable about Buddha and the Buddhist religion. It has earned a spot on my favorites list.
This book is broken into three parts: Siddhartha the Prince, Gautama the Monk, and Buddha the Compassionate. Each of these parts is like a separate book in the sense that Buddha is a completely different person (figuratively) in each. The first part is action
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Lindsay
Oct 16, 2008 Lindsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Incredible book ~ couldn't put it down.

From the last paragraph:

"The fire of passion burns out eventually. Then you dig through the ashes and discover a gem. You pick it up; you look at it with disbelief. The gem was inside you all the time. It is yours to keep forever. It is buddha." ~ Buddha

Chopra goes on to say in the Epilogue a very defining (yet not-defining!) statement about Buddhism which intrigued me:

Buddhism survives today and thrives all around the world because it is so open-ended. You
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Nicholas Piva
Recently I have become infatuated with Eastern culture, and with that is Buddhism. Buddhism is a world renowned philosophy, not religion per say, although they are akin.

This book is historical-fiction and deals with the three stages of Siddhartha's life: him as a prince, a ascetic (monk), and enlightened. Although I did enjoy the fabricated anecdotes throughout the book, it seemed that it was too short to have a concrete impact.

The author must of been bared to write more than the allotted page
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Christy
Nov 20, 2008 Christy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: spiritual people, Buddhists
Recommended to Christy by: found while searching for books on meditation
While this book is technically fiction, it is a great account of how Prince Siddhartha became the Buddha that we all know...or wish to have known. I chose this particular book because of Chopra's vast experience in spirituality and philosophy. I trusted that his book would be based on the real foundations of Buddhism, not just an exaggerated tale created for the sole purpose in keeping me entertained.

It is broken up into the three main parts of his life: 1) Prince, 2) Monk and 3) Buddha. At the
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Richard
Apr 13, 2009 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first time I have read a book by Deepak Chopra so I thought it was appropriate to get right to the source and read something he wrote about one of the foremost leaders of Buddhism. I was surprised about the very cinematic nature of the story. It had a great balance of drama and action with spiritual elements weaved quite nicely throughout. Of course, I was very excited to get the part of the enlightenment and it didn't disappoint. The only reason I gave this story four stars was beca ...more
Aamir Ogna
Oct 06, 2015 Aamir Ogna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is an excellent story of the early life of Prince Siddhartha who ultimately went on to become Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. Fact and fiction are brilliantly sewed together and in a brief yet captivating way, Deepak Chopra has been able to bring out the true essence of Buddha and his philosophy leaving you wanting to know more about the person and his teachings. The only thing that bothers me is the section AFTER the story ends. He tries to explain more about Buddhism which honestly f ...more
Cassandra Kay Silva
Oct 21, 2010 Cassandra Kay Silva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
This book has a very different feel than Siddhartha by Hesse, but I liked it in its own way no less. It is actually a little more historical (as far as can be accomplished with a man who legend is so intermixed with) than many other modern stories of Buddha. I thought the book was beautiful, especially the first half. It has a terribly epic presence painting Siddhartha in various shades and colors that are relatable and beautiful and grand all at the same time.
Irma Toner
Oct 09, 2016 Irma Toner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has answered many questions for me. Siddhartha the Prince, Gautama the monk and finally, the enlightened Buddha all came alive for me in the form of a novel. This is probably a great introduction to Buddhism for the newcomer.
hennie beatrice
Well, this book does not meet my expectation. This book is more telling on history of Sidharta Gautama (Buddha) instead of telling Buddha ways in teaching people and his material.
Sushil Verma
Dec 23, 2007 Sushil Verma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Abishek
A page turening masterpiece. This is storytelling at its best. I couldnt put it down after I started reading this book. I now feel as if I have met Buddha and he is in all of us in some form.
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Deepak Chopra, MD serves as the Founder and Chairman of The Chopra Foundation, and Co-Founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing.

As a global leader and pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine, Chopra transforms the way the world views physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social wellness. Known as a prolific author of eighty books books with twenty-two New York Times best sellers in both
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“There is no holy life. There is no war between good and evil. There is no sin and no redemption. None of these things matter to the real you. But they all matter hugely to the false you, the one who believes in the separate self. You have tried to take your separate self, with all its loneliness and anxiety and pride, to the door of enlightenment. But it will never go through, because it is a ghost.” 95 likes
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