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From Stone to Flesh: A Short History of the Buddha

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We have come to admire Buddhism for being profound but accessible, as much a lifestyle as a religion. The credit for creating Buddhism goes to the Buddha, a figure widely respected across the Western world for his philosophical insight, his teachings of nonviolence, and his practice of meditation. But who was this Buddha, and how did he become the Buddha we know and love t ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 11th 2013 by University Of Chicago Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Robin Friedman
Many people in the United States and the West, myself included, have been inspired by and learned a great deal from Buddhism. At one time, information about Buddhism may have been difficult to find, but those now interested have the opportunity to learn to virtually any degree of depth they wish to pursue. In his new book, "From Stone to Flesh: A Short History of the Buddha" (2013), Donald Lopez presents a short history of the different ways Buddhism has been perceived in the West for the past t ...more
Margaret Sankey
Really interesting exploration of how, beginning in the 14th century, westerners have studied Buddhism from an inescapably Christian frame of reference, but coming to an inevitable Eurosplaining directly to Asians conclusion as French scholar Eugene Burnouf (who had never been to Asia, met a Buddhist and was working exclusively from Sanskrit Indian sources) constructed an 1844 narrative of the Buddha that appealed to and was acceptable for Europeans--an aristocratic and spiritually noble gentle ...more
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Donald Sewell Lopez, Jr. (born 1952) is the Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Michigan, in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures.

Son of the deputy director of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Donald S. Lopez.
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