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The Buddhist monk Ashva.ghosha composed Life of the Buddha in the first or second century CE probably in Ayodhya. This is the earliest surviving text of the Sanskrit literary genre called kavya and probably provided models for Kali.dasa's more famous works. The most poignant scenes on the path to his Awakening are when the young prince Siddhartha, the future Buddha, is con ...more
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Published April 1st 2008 by Clay Sanskrit (first published 100)
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Mark Surya
It's a classical Sanskrit poem. As Eliot Weinberger observes in his most recent book, for whatever reason, Sanskrit poetry has never really found it's style in English translation, the way that other Asian languages have---Japanese and Chinese for sure, but also Tamil, etc. So I was under no illusion that I was going to be reading a masterwork of poetry here. Olivelle's translation is pleasant, clear in it's imagery and easy to read. That's basically everything you want out of famously intermina ...more
robin friedman
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Life Of The Buddha In The Clay Sanskrit Library

Between 2005 -- 2009, the Clay Sanskrit Library engaged in the ambitious project of publishing titles from the flowering of Sanskrit beginning at about the time of the Common Era. The series, modeled on the Loeb Classical Library, was sponsored by John Clay (1934 -- 2013), who had studied Sanskrit in his youth before going on to a successful career in global investment banking. The series consists of 54 books of poetry, drama, novels, and philos
Suman Das
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read the bengali translated version of Buddhacharita. The translation was done by Rathindranath Tagore and it was published by Biswa Bharati. It is a nicely translated version of the story of Buddha from his birth to his enlightenment from the translation done by E B Cowell. It has taken help from tibetian version of buddhacharita for the missing parts. A must read for the readers who wants to know the life of Buddha.
Feb 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful translation of this very important epic poem.
Sep 09, 2010 rated it it was ok
I'm just not a fan of medieval Indian courtly poetry. ...more
Md Shariful Islam
গৌতম বুদ্ধকে আমরা বৌদ্ধ ধর্মের জনক হিসেবেই সাধারণত জানি। কিন্তু আসলে কি তাই? তিনি কি সত্যিই একটা ‘ধর্ম' প্রচার করেছিলেন? সত্যি বলতে তিনি কোনো ধর্ম প্রচার করেন নি এবং তাঁর সারাজীবনের সাধনায় কখনো তিনি মানুষ ব্যতীত অপর কোনো সত্ত্বার কথা স্বীকার করেন নি। তাহলে আজকে বৌদ্ধধর্ম বলতে যাকে জানি সেটা আসল কোথা থেকে? এই প্রশ্নের উত্তর কিছুটা হলেও পাওয়া যাবে এই বইটিতে।

বুদ্ধের সাধনা ছিল মূলত কয়েকটি মৌলিক প্রশ্নের উত্তর খোঁজার চেষ্টা। জরা, ব্যাধি, মৃত্যু এসব কেন মানুষের জীবনে আসে সেই প্রশ্নটারই উত্তর তিনি খ
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Didactic. Nice flow. But Uninspiring.
Jan 05, 2011 rated it liked it
I thought this book was tough to get through because of all the cultural context required to understand the allusions. I want to follow them, so I follow the endnotes, but that just makes reading all the more difficult. I also am frequently bothered when I think I'm hearing Asvaghosa speak in place of the Buddha - though this is something that bothers me in many religious texts.

I think I would appreciate this text much more if I knew how to read Sanskrit. I feel like I'm reading Shakespeare in
Casey Hadford
Feb 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Less about Buddhism or the Buddha and more about Asvaghosa's idea of the Buddha. By deifying him, he does him a disservice as he makes the Buddha's path to enlightenment seem incredibly effortless for him. Interesting read, but not the best choice if you want to learn about Buddhism. ...more
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Beauty is.... Unless you experience how can you say it? When you say it, is it full ? May be I am borrowing from scriptures.. how can you attain the non-attainable ? How can you be on, when duality exists in you. for how long you can pretend to be ..... ?
John Yelverton
Cute little tale about the life of Buddha while highlighting and proclaiming his bankrupt and hypocritical philosophy.
Very interesting, and gives a good idea of the Buddhist lifestyle and philosopy...
Apr 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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The true life story of Gautama Siddhartha, written by someone who was actually there.

First 14 ch of 28.
Jessica Zu
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Patrick Olivelle's translation is beautiful, a joy to read. In my mind,it's much better than the Chinese translation 佛所行赞. ...more
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