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Living Buddha: Interpretive Biography

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A historical narrative grounded in what is known and can be reasonably summized about the life and times of Shakyamuni. This book presents the Buddha not as a mystic figure, but as a human being who struggled to attain enlightenment and to aid mankind in freeing itself from suffering and delusion.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 1st 1995 by Weatherhill (first published January 1st 1973)
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Caren Rich
Feb 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Prince Siddhartha as a living human being. This book speaks of the prince's pampered life inside his childhood palace. As he begins to see the struggles of society, we see his inner life.

One of my favorite passages from the book: "When we look dispassionately at the great universe around us, we find that what at first glance appears to be a vast stillness is in fact constantly throbbing with creation and change. The same is true of human beings: they age, die, are reborn, and die again. Not
Gina Carlini
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book offers a great view to Siddharta / Shakyamuni life as a men and philosophers as well describes the importance of philosophy in ancient India and the way of living the religion. A must read for me
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Nov 05, 2019 marked it as 200-299-religion  ·  review of another edition
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Daisaku Ikeda, The Living Buddha: An Interpretive Biography (Soka Gakkai History of Buddhism), Burton Watson, trans., 2008, Middleway Press, 162 pp., ISBN: 978-0-9779245-2-3, $14.95.

The Living Buddha, first printed in 1976, captures the heart of Buddhism in recounting the story of Shakyamuni Buddha’s life: his sensitivity to suffering he saw around him, his enlightenment and discovery of the source and end of suffering, and nearly a half century spent establishing a community to proclaim the pat
Dec 31, 2011 rated it liked it
the book was a great introduction to siddhartha. I hope to use it as a reference in the future. as always, ikeda has a wonderful writing style and he always uses thoughtfulness an sincerity in his work. this book was a pleasure to read but at times I did feel that I expected a more story-like account of the Buddha.
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No es un libro de budismo, es un libro PARA budistas. Muy informativo.
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Daisaku Ikeda is a Buddhist philosopher, peacebuilder, educator, author and poet. He is the third president of the Soka Gakkai lay Buddhist organization and the founding president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), which is today one of the world's largest and most diverse lay Buddhist organizations, promoting a philosophy of character development and social engagement for peace.

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