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The Book of Buddha

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Around 2500 years ago a thirty-five-year-old man named Siddhartha had a mystical insight under a peepul tree in north-eastern India; in a place now revered as Bodhgaya. Today; more than 300 million people across the globe consider themselves beneficiaries of Gautama Buddha's insight; and believe that it has irrevocably marked their spiritual commitment and identity. Who wa ...more
ebook, 152 pages
Published June 16th 2009 by Penguin Books (first published August 30th 2006)
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Sirigiri Vipin
Jan 29, 2016 Sirigiri Vipin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A short, well-crafted and highly recommended masterpiece on the life and journey of Buddha.

The below excerpt summarizes the essence of Buddha and the book:

'The legacy of Gautama Buddha is a dharma that offers the contemporary seeker a means to negotiate a route between perennially seductive polarities: between self-denial and self-aggrandizement, chronic doubt and blind faith, cerebralism and sentimentalism, dogmatism and relativism, eternalism and nihilism, quietism and feverish engagement.

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Anusha
Mar 18, 2013 Anusha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By far, the best book on Buddha and mostly covered all the questions a Hindu might have regarding Buddhism.
Gives a fascinating account of the transformation of Siddhartha the Indian Prince to Shakyamuni the Sage/Gautama Buddha the Monk who gave the humanity the priceless 'Gift of Silence'.
Satvik
Jun 26, 2010 Satvik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A brilliantly written introduction to the life and teaching of Buddha... I'm more curious about Buddhism after reading this book than ever before
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