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

4.32  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,254 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
The Eisner and Harvey WinnerIn this fourth volume of the award-winning graphic novel biography, Buddha slowly discovers that his destiny lies in a path not readily available to him. With fellow ascetics Dhepa who has complete faith in the purifying quality of painful physical ordeals, and Assaji, who can predict everyone's death to the hour, Buddha travels through the king ...more
Hardcover, 370 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Vertical (first published June 10th 1983)
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Jan 10, 2012 Fredrik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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)

Selain itu, buku ini juga mungkin termasuk satu dari yang paling komikal, khususnya sewaktu masa-masa tapa siksa diri yang dijalankan Siddharth
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
Jun 23, 2013 Helmut rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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.

Siddharta mulai dipanggil dengan nama Buddha alias "Yang Tercerahkan". Tokoh-tokoh lama dan baru mulai merajut kisah dan menggabungkan benang merah mereka dengan sang Buddha. Gw sedih baca akhir kisah Assaji dan geram setengah mati dengan Dhepa (bahkan petapa pun bisa sekeji itu ya?). Gw juga trenyuh dengan kepedihan Pangeran Wirudhaka yg tidak mampu mengakui ibunya yg seorang Sudra, belum lagi kisah Yatala sang gergasi.

Tapi tetep ya....wajah-wajah dan dialog lucu masih bertebaran hingga agak bi
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.

Ginan Aulia Rahman
Bagus banget ceritanya. Sidharta berusaha keluar dari ketakutan akan kematian. Dia meninggalkan istana tempat ia menjadi pangeran untuk mencari sesuatu yang lebih besar dari manusia, penderitaan, hidup, dan mati.

Di Uruvela ia bertapa, Uruvela dikenal sebagai hutan penyiksaan. para petapa menyiksa dirinya agar mendapatkan pemahaman tentang penderitaan. Sidharta menganggap itu tindakan bodoh dan tidak ada gunanya. untuk apa menyiksa diri sendiri? itu tidak akan menolong orang yang lebih menderita
Aug 20, 2011 Ami rated it it was ok
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
Mar 07, 2013 Tjibbe Wubbels rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic, japan, asia
Tezuka is still the king! And I continue to love this manga. Back to the shop tomorrow to buy part 5 and 6.
Jul 03, 2010 Philip rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
These just keep getting better and better.
Jan 23, 2012 Colin rated it really liked it  ·  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
Jul 13, 2013 Dan Gorman rated it it was amazing
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
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
Sheila Rooswitha
Sep 08, 2007 Sheila Rooswitha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphicnovels
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
Dec 30, 2012 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Laura Zurowski
Mar 12, 2013 Laura Zurowski rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 20, 2008 Colin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 19, 2007 Boit rated it really liked it
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,
David Ramirer
Feb 24, 2015 David Ramirer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jun 01, 2008 doreen rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, manga
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,
Aug 11, 2007 Roos rated it liked it
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
Mer Lara
Feb 13, 2014 Mer Lara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
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.
Sep 24, 2014 Pete rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 22, 2016 Tammy rated it it was amazing
The more I read these books, the more I appreciate them. Each book is quickly engaging, the art has all kinds of goofy details to appreciate if you take the time, and I'm still plowing through a serious religious text. I wish all religious texts had an Osamu Tezuka retell in their tales.
May 27, 2016 Opat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-the-library
Sebenarnya galau mau 3 atau 4. Jilid ini seru sekali. Buddha pun lahir. Yang mengerikan banyak banget adegan bunuh2annya
Jan 19, 2013 an rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I like how each book consciously tries to make situations relevant to the modern audience by means of language.
Apr 17, 2016 Satyasmrti rated it really liked it
Beautiful story, funny in parts. Makes me want to read more.
Mallika Soni
Jun 14, 2014 Mallika Soni rated it liked it
Was a bit unbelievable. But yay! Half way through the series.
Sachin Dev
Sep 01, 2013 Sachin Dev rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013-good-reads
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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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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Buddha (8 books)
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