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Buddha: Sebuah Novel

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,169 Ratings  ·  574 Reviews
Pangeran muda yang terperangkap dalam kerajaan dan mendambakan hidup di luar istana. Sendirian dan menghadapi iblisnya sendiri, Pangeran Siddhartha memutuskan menjadi pertapa dengan meninggalkan istana dan gelar pangerannya. Hingga akhirnya dia berhasil mencapai pencerahan dengan menaklukkan hawa nafsu dunia yang menguasai tubuh dan pikirannya berkat tekad yang keras.

Paperback, 400 pages
Published 2007 by Gramedia Pustaka Utama
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Harun Harahap
Mar 15, 2010 Harun Harahap rated it really liked it
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
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
Oct 11, 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
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
Oct 08, 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
Jul 29, 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
Apr 08, 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
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.
Feb 04, 2009 Uma rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 20, 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
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
Sep 09, 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
Jan 17, 2016 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.
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
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
Jul 14, 2008 Roos rated it really liked it
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
Apr 17, 2009 htanzil rated it liked it
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
Sophie Carter
Aug 13, 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
Oct 20, 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
Dec 01, 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
Nicholas Xifaras
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
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
The story of the Buddha from a very lay perspective is a reminder of the central tenets of Buddhism re-imagined for our current century and ways of being. The narrative is one that allows us to be on the journey of queries that would confront someone who had not been allowed to know and experience suffering or even the ageing process. This was something that I related to as the inevitability of life curling over the desires of the parent to protect and love were so vital to the book where innoce ...more
Oct 24, 2014 Monty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This historical fiction started off a bit slow as it laid the groundwork in describing Prince Siddhartha's life up to his 30s when he left his family and kingdom to seek enlightenment (awakening). Actually I appreciated these details because stories of the Buddha I have read tend to skim over his younger years. In the middle part of the novel, Gautama seeks enlightenment by serving some gurus and eventually denying his body comfort, food and safety, which almost killed him. In the last part his ...more
Fred P
May 29, 2014 Fred P rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Read: This fictionalized account of the life of Prince Siddhartha as he renounces his kingdom and its drama for the life of a wandering beggar is entertaining and enlightening. Deepak Chopra emphasizes the worldly aspects of the Prince Siddhartha as he tries to escape the court intrigue in his warrior father's house. He fights with a sword and falls in love with a servant. But as a dramatic confrontation builds with the Lord of Illusion, Mara, Siddhartha finds that meditation is his doorway ...more
Camilo Grimm
May 28, 2016 Camilo Grimm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Buddha: a story of enlightenment by Deepak Chopra is a story of enlightenment and finding your place in the world. Prince Siddhartha a the son of King Śuddhodana a warrior king and a dead queen, leaves leaves to find the girl he loves. But what he doesn't know is that she was killed by his enemy Devadatta the search is pointless until he joins holy men in search for a higher self after this he realizes that he has wasting his time. Then he becomes an asedic and deprives himself from food drink a ...more
Satarupa Chakraborty
I haven't read any other of Deepak Chopra's books so I wouldn't want to write him off just yet. But this book felt very choppy and amateurish. Like a discussion in soliloquy.
The life and teachings of Buddha,obviously, cannot be explained in perfect detail in under two hundred something pages. Chopra compounds the problem by dragging some scenes and running like a whirlwind through most others. One moment you are in the royal stables, where little Siddhartha is interested in ants, asking questio
Mar 24, 2014 Eric rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book isn't particularly well written. Details are vague and made up (as the author is quick to point out). It's as if DC was rushing through this book to meet a deadline and relying on his reputation to sell copies.

The epilogue - A practical guide to Buddhism - is quite good, but you get the feeling that he had already written it before he became famous(with a lot more effort) and added it into the book.

It's a good way to get a basic idea Buddha's story but this book is basically a cheap
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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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