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Buddha, Vol. 4: The Forest of Uruvela (Buddha #4)

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Recounts Siddhartha's spiritual journey on the path to enlightenment and becoming the Buddha...Title: .Buddha 4..Author: .Tezuka, Osamu..Publisher: .Vertical Inc..Publication Date: .2004/06/01..Number of Pages: .370..Binding Type: .HARDCOVER..Library of Congress: .2004553319
Hardcover, 370 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Vertical (first published June 10th 1983)
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Fredrik
Aiih... sepertinya buku ini-lah yang paling mendekati buku pertama deh dari segi ke-favorit-an ane.
Buku ini penting, karena ada adegan di mana Siddhartha mendapat pencerahan dan akhirnya untuk selamanya dikenal dengan nama "Buddha".

Favorite quote:
"Kalau kau tidak ada, sesuatu di dunia ini akan timpang. Kau pun punya peranan penting." (hal 362)
*terharu*
:*)

Selain itu, buku ini juga mungkin termasuk satu dari yang paling komikal, khususnya sewaktu masa-masa tapa siksa diri yang dijalankan Siddharth
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Elizabeth
Follows the Buddha on his path to achieving enlightenment. A lovely, human story of a man with a deep spiritual yearning, wrestling with trying to understand the world, and human nature, and death. I love how Tezuka tries to portray sincerely the spiritual journey of Siddhartha while grounding it in a very ordinary, sometimes tragic, sometimes comic world. His world is not so different from now. The issues of class, of caste, of poverty, of disease, of death - they are not alien nor antiquated. ...more
Helmut
Tier, Pflanze, Mensch - es ist alles dasselbe Leben
Beeindruckend, wie diese Reihe in ihrer anfängigen Nebenläufigkeit nun langsam beginnt, auf ein Ziel hinzuströmen, und dabei immer buddhistischer wird in ihrer Beurteilung der Personen - selbst auf den modernen Leser abstoßend wirkende Charaktere, wie der Kristallprinz, der seine Mutter dem in jeden Lebensbereich eindringenden Kastenwesen opfert, werden nicht verurteilt, sondern als Mitleidende dieser auf Leiden basierenden Welt geschildert.

Das
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Jennifer
It should go without saying that everything I wrote in my review of the previous volume about Tezuka's writing and artwork should also be true here. That is, they are fantastic. And indeed, the storytelling is even better in this volume. The plot is gathering steam and reaching the more familiar ground of Buddha's enlightenment. There are fewer asides and introduction of new characters, and the one significant exception to this rule is already tied into the main storyline by this volume's end.

Al
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Ami
Aug 20, 2011 Ami rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
Getting a little tired of the series. Wondering where the historical canon ends and the fiction begins. In other thoughts: what a pack of sadomasochists those ascetics were.
Tjibbe Wubbels
Tezuka is still the king! And I continue to love this manga. Back to the shop tomorrow to buy part 5 and 6.
Philip
These just keep getting better and better.
Colin
Jan 23, 2012 Colin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers who know the story thus far.
Shelves: four-star
The story of Siddhartha continues--in this volume he tries to apprentice himself to several mystics/teachers but either finds their philosophies to be unsatisfactory or quickly masters even their most profound techniques. He finally turns to the time-honored tradition of self-abuse and extreme asceticism, undergoing strict and dangerous trials under the watchful eyes of Dhepa and the commune of monks who live in the Forest of Uruvela, a sort of haven for monks wishing to test the limits of their ...more
Dan Gorman
Of the first four volumes of this epic tale, Vol. 4 is by far the best to date. The cast of characters continues to grow and experience wild adventures, but the picaresque narrative is taking a backseat to the importance of Siddhartha's religious awakening. In this volume, Siddhartha completes his monk training, rebels against his prejudiced mentor and the injustice of the caste system, and comes to appreciate both the interconnectedness of all life & the capacity for reincarnation. In the f ...more
Randall
Sometime in the early 90s I picked up the Japanese series in bunkobon (small-format paperback; Goodreads has only one of those registered, so I'm listing the English versions instead). I recently found the set stashed away in some boxes, so I decided to read through it again.

Tezuka playfully inserts anachronisms from lots of periods, but especially modern times. And he uses comically ridiculous depictions throughout. It works for me. But if you're looking for straight-up historical fiction, thi
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Sheila Rooswitha
In this 4th edition, Siddharta with his fellow young monks traveled to Uruvela Jungle, where a lot of pious sages devoted themselves in severe practice of asceticism. At the beginning Siddharta was bewildered to see the horrible self-sacrifice demonstrated by those sages. He assumed that those extreme acts were only done for nothing. He could not conceive the other result of self-hurting, but merely to become more painful and sick, and even more, to die.
Later on Siddharta experienced a lot of sp
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Scott
My favorite in Tezuka's Buddha saga so far - the artwork continues to delight and the humor makes it all fun. But I also really liked that in this particular volume Siddhartha is the main focus of the narrative, and he spends most of his time on his quest. Influenced by his fellow Sammana, he undergoes a raft of ordeals before concluding that they're a waste of time, and ultimately reaches his goal peacefully sitting under a tree.

The ongoing drama with the other characters plays a smaller part i
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Laura Zurowski
I'm continuing the slow march through Osamu Tezuka's Buddha series, and while the three prior books were thought-provoking and engaging, it's in The Forest of Uruvela that we witness the emergence of Buddha from Siddhartha's years of study, travels, and trials.

This particular story focuses almost exclusively on the concept of suffering and its inescapable presence in our lives. Must we experience all forms of suffering in order to understand pain? Must we treat the body as an weakness, or worse
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Colin
At one point in the fourth volume of Tezuka's book, while one character beats up another in the most Looney-Tunes kind of way, the author himself pops up to ask: What kind of biography is this, anyway?

A surprisingly engaging one, it turns out. By this fourth volume, readers have followed the young Siddhartha long enough to care about him, and--thanks to the old man's prophecy--they know that he'll soon reach the tree under which he'll reach enlightenment. Tezuka's aware that this might drain any
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Boit
edisi indonesia.

Jilid keempat berkisah masa tapa Siddharta di Hutan Uruwela sampai mendapat pencerahan di bawah pohon Bodhi. Pada bagian awal digambarkan pertemuan Siddharta dengan Dewadatta yang berujung pada bentuk-bentuk penyiksaan diri. Siddharta melakoni penyiksaan diri sampai dalam bentuk yang paling berat tapi tetap merasa tak puas. Pada puncaknya ia menolak semua bentuk penyiksaan diri dan sampai pada kesimpulan bahwa hidup adalah derita itu sendiri.

***

"Sarat dengan keindahan, kekejaman,
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David Ramirer
die erleuchtung siddharthas markiert exakt die mitte dieses achtbändigen monumentalmangas. das kann kein zufall sein...

der vierte band ist besonders schön... wobei es eine der eigenschaften dieses gewaltopus ist, eine gleichbleibende qualität über die hälfte durchzuhalten, und ich vermute mal, dass die verbleibenden vier bände da nicht nachlassen werden. ganz große kunst!
doreen
This volume continues Siddharta's struggles and shows his eventual enlightenment, along with some drama dealing with the Hindu caste system and its affects on Tatta and his long-suffering wife.

This volume is my favourite so far, with Tezuka's wonderful illustration of how all life is connected, and how we have to help each other. The occasional brusque vernacular and the little gags keep it interesting, although I wish the series would have gone with Osamu Tezuka's original references and jokes,
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Roos
Aug 11, 2007 Roos rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: friends
Shelves: comiculun
Kalo baca yang ini di Tangga luar PlaZa Semanggi yang sangat-sangat windy hiiiiiiiiiii!! rambutku ampe acak-acakan, gara-gara nungguin teman pulang kerja...tapi itulah asyiknya menunggu ( satu jam setengah yang tidak sia-sia, karena jadi habis satu buku )

Nah di buku keempat ini Hutan Uruwela memang Hutan Siksaan.....Tiga serangkai Samanna berjuang melawan penderitaan, godaan-godaan dunia pokonya harus mengalahkan nafsi-nafsinya deh, meskipun akhirnya Sidharta menemukan pencerahan-nya dipohon Bo
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Mer Lara
I am out of words with the purity, profound work of Tezuka on this amazing adaptation of the whole life of Siddartha... It is simple beatiful. You may cry at the end, I warn you. So much truth and beauty.
Pete
spoiler alert: siddhartha achieves enlightenment at the end of this one. it's kind of a surprise, even though you know it's coming. big fan of yatala the giant. RIP the fortune-telling baby with a running nose.
an
siddharta ternyata cowo' yang cukup populer. terbukti dari semua volume pasti ada cewe' yang tergila-gila pada na, sekalipun dia seorang pertapa. tapa yang dilakukan na kali ini sedikit tidak masuk akal dibanding sebelum na. sebelum akhir na dia melakukan tapa na di bawah pohon bodhi.

tapa apa sebenar na jika menyiksa diri sementara ada orang yang menanggung penderitaan sesungguh na tanpa bertapa. gila itu sih menyiksa diri sampai mati. saat kasta mendiskriminasikan manusia di hadapan alam semest
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Mallika Soni
Was a bit unbelievable. But yay! Half way through the series.
Sachin Dev
Seems like the Buddha series after having a fantastical start is slowly losing steam!!
introduction of Sujata/Yatala/other new characters did little to keep that circle of tedium from creeping in. Throwing in a gory pointless murder of one of the characters didnt help either! But guess I will still stick with it and see where the ties bind.

For now, the trails suffered in the Forest of Uruvela do nothing to alleviate that weary sense of boredom slowly coming round the corner. But in Tezuka, I tru
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Koen Claeys
Een tijdloos meesterwerk vervolgt. Prachtig.
Jaybird
As you may guess, i've been reading through all of the comic books i haven't had time for in the last several months. In the fourth installment of Buddha, our hero finally achieves his enlightenment, despite many difficult trials. I love the humor that Tezuka adds (often he has interesting anachronistic comments by characters as though they are from the modern world). My only frustration is that in the translation and reformatting from the original japanese, there are at times gaps in the story ...more
Shubham Dabas
This gets better and better.
Dusty
Probably the best installment in the series thus far. The longest, also. This one took me, like, two nights to read. Anyway. It struck me near the end of this volume just how much I am learning not only about a monumental figure and an important religion but also about an entire culture. Quite an accomplishment, if you think about it, considering the books look at first glance like Disney-inspired coloring books.

I am now at the official halfway mark. Four volumes to go!
Gphatty
Another strong entry, full of Buddhist parables, and more imagined influences on the development of Buddha himself. Probably the most thought-provoking to date, if only because Tezuka managed to make me think of parallels to the story of Christ. I began seeing some of Karen Armstrong's theories, too, and this work was written well before she became a famous author.

There may be something to the idea of a universal theory of how religions develop. Can't wait for the next volume.
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Dr. Osamu Tezuka (手塚 治虫) was a Japanese manga artist, animator, producer and medical doctor, although he never practiced medicine. Born in Osaka Prefecture, he is best known as the creator of Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion. He is often credited as the "Father of Anime", and is often considered the Japanese equivalent to Walt Disney, who served as a major inspiration during his f
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