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Buddha, Vol. 8: Jetavana (Buddha #8)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  2,173 Ratings  ·  141 Reviews
Osamu Tezuka�s vaunted storytelling genius, consummate skill at visual expression, and warm humanity blossom fully in his eight-volume epic of Siddhartha�s life and times. Tezuka evidences his profound grasp of the subject by contextualizing the Buddha�s ideas; the emphasis is on movement, action, emotion, and conflict as the prince Siddhartha runs away from home, tr ...more
Paperback, 362 pages
Published July 3rd 2007 by Vertical (first published 1983)
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Andrés Santiago
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Undoubtedly Tezuka's masterpiece. A Tour de force both graphicly and in its storytelling. It is a bit like the Bible for kids, which it's what most westerners are when it comes to Buddhism. Tezuka's silly jokes can get a little annoying and they break the dramatism of the narrative, but I guess he was trying to cater to his younger readership.
Thurston Hunger
Mar 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Budding Buddhists and Tezuka Fans
Recently completed this series from Osamu Tezuka who has had a bigger impact on my twin boys than Dr. Seuss at this point. At times a little tricky, discussing ascetics with adults can be a challenge, much less with 6-year olds.

But an appreciation for suffering/beauty of life was not lost on kids who are almost biologically/socialogically encoded as hedonists at this point and this place on this planet. There are a lot of aspects to the Siddartha-Buddha canon that I just never knew. For the kids
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
And so I have come to the last of the 8 books, Buddha, Jetavana. Osamu Tezuka has mostly done well by his readers and the ending is at minimum honest. What we know that Buddha may have not, is that his presence and his message has survived and spread, but has the example of Buddhism changed humanity? Throughout the series, Buddha has been faced with temptations. The usuals, women, power family loyalties and of course he does not fall. In the last book he will face the real challenges. What is hi ...more
David Ramirer
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everybody
am ende der reise angelangt ist am ende des buches nicht nur buddha, sondern auch der leser dieses achtbändigen mammutwerkes, das besser als jedes andere kompendium, das ich jemals gelesen habe, die probleme und wertigkeiten religiösen lebens und handelns schildert. es ist ja nicht das ziel (das es ja gar nicht gibt), sondern der weg, auf den es ankommt... und eben all das, was man auf diesem weg macht, wen man trifft, verliert, wieder trifft, usw. usf. mehr noch als ein buch über einen religion ...more
Lars Guthrie
Apr 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This serves as a review of the entire eight volumes of this astounding work--a masterpiece. For someone who has sometimes too readily stereotyped Buddhism as spacey and new agey, this was an eye opener. Siddhartha's story is just as much a concrete narrative as Jesus's or Muhammad's. But his path is more firmly based on earth, in the here and now, rather than in a paradise to come. "It's in the heart of man," Osamu Tezuka has Buddha say, "that God exists!" And it's in the real and day-to-day wor ...more
Natalia Vargas
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I had been wanting to read the whole Buddha series for a long time and was so glad that I did. So this review will be for all the 8 volumes. This is the second "book" I read about the life of Siddartha Gautama and this one was a lot different from the first (Herman Hesse's Siddartha). It was funny sometimes and would mix modern cultural elements to the story for a fun edge. I would recommend it even for children because it tells stories of death and suffering but it was always in a lighter shade ...more
Jan 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Akhirnya menitikkan air mata lagi setelah terakhir kali di buku ke-1... T__T
Gak malu mengakui, karena kalau memang kepengen banget nangis gara-gara baca buku, ya bacalah buku ke-8 ini. Selain juga, bacalah buku-bukunya Om Khaled Hosseini.
Adegan yang paling menakjubkan di buku ini sebenarnya sama (persis!) dengan adegan di buku pertama. Tapi maknanya agak berbeda sekarang karena saya telah mendapat pencerahan! (halah! x3)

Aaargh! Buku terakhir! *manyun lagi*
Biar bagaimanapun, tetap merasa sedih ka
David Schaafsma
The conclusion of humanist Tezuka's manga Buddha saga, and it does not disappoint, with lots of dramatic and surprising turns (there's a lot Buddha had to face in the last years, terrible tragedies that made him question his faith, for instance), but much enlightenment for the reader, finally. I've said a lot about previous volumes, so won't say much here, except maybe to remark that this particular religion is very stripped down to a few simple principles. Remember: all things are connected. Se ...more
Oct 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone!
Shelves: manga, favorites
I can’t stop reading it from the first volume. Through Buddha, Tezuka taught me the way of life in a very simple way. This book reminds me that everything that we do will come back to us. So, be good..and many good things will come to you :)
David Wardrop
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
483 B.C. ... that's the year Gautama Buddha is said to have died. More than 2000 years later Buddhism has spread across the world, touching the hearts of people in China, Japan, various other parts of Asia as well as Europe and America. That's because it teaches "How people ought to live": the foundation of love for one's fellows. Buddha will always be following the outcome of that teaching, from somewhere in nature's grand bosom.

And so the journey ends. It has been an interesting saga stretched
Dec 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I feel almost guilty, listing this as 8 books, when it's really one 3200-page epic story.

I don't have much to say by way of review except that it's amazing. I had a little trouble following which character was which, across different royal families and time periods, and that got even worse once everyone shaved their heads, but I managed well enough. And similar to my complaints with Barefoot Gen, I found the cartoony moments and instances of breaking down the fourth wall to detract from the grav
Mar 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dhamma
I'm sad it's over...I loved it a lot...
Kimberley Hope
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I finally arrive at the end of this incredible journey; undeniably the true magnum opus of master Tezuka's stunning career. The final volume didn't skip a beat; it was emotional, devastating, beautifully drawn, powerful, and ultimately satisfying. Again, I am sorry to say goodbye to Buddha and the rest of the cast of characters I have grown so fond of, but if you are to take one thing away from this series, it's the acceptance that all things, good or bad, come to an end. Such is nature, such is ...more
David Schwan
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I fitting end to the books, I assume they are some accurate, if so they present a very human vision of who Buddha was (which is probably closer to the truth). This set of books definitely made Buddha a human deing and not a diety. They did not distrack us from the any truth in his teachings. The whole series (if somewhat true--I cannot tell) gives the context of Buddha within India which was ineresting to read.
Dan Gorman
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In truth, I think this book is somewhere between 4 and 5 stars, but since this site only does full star intervals, I decided to give it 5 stars, since I enjoyed the first seven volumes so much. Frankly, after 2800 pages of build-up, it would be impossible for any ending to feel completely satisfying. But still, this is a pretty solid finish to one of the longest graphic novels ever written.

Vol. 7 feel like the emotional and narrative climax. Vol. 8, "Jetavana," is something of a denouement, devo
May 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Jetavana was the Crystal Prince's -now King Virudhaka- son. He never met Buddha in person until near end of the story. But through one of Buddha's disciple, he learned the meaning of being a human tightened with all humans and creatures, all that a person did or do will had effect towards other. And so the lesson last and spread.

In this book, we furthermore see the fate of the three kingdoms and their princes. King Ajatasattu and King Virudhaka once again had a pararell life, in conjunction of
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, india
Die Welt ist schön, Ananda
Zusammen mit der wachsenden Einsicht in die Natur der Dinge wachsen auch Buddhas Ohrläppchen - in Ostasien ein Zeichen für Weisheit. Doch seine Umgebung macht ihm das Leben nicht leicht, denn Tattas unstillbarer Rachedurst, Devadattas Machthunger und die Vaterkomplexe der Prinzen Virudhaka und Ajasattu lassen ihn sich fragen, ob sein jahrelanges Lehren nicht alles für die Katz war...

Die Struktur des Gesamtwerks orientiert sich stark an ostasiatischen Romanen, die der ja
Apr 02, 2011 rated it liked it
With this, I finish reading Buddha series by Osamu Tezuka.

It was a nice, compassionate story about journey of Buddha. It is not a story that we all know. I say this since that was my perception. Osamu Tezuka has included horde of interesting characters whose lives and destinies are entwined with a meeting with Buddha.

Naradutta, who was mentioned in first book, finally dies after meeting Buddha. Thattha who was kid in the first book also dies fighting Kosalans, he wanted to avenge his friend Chap
Tom Abbott
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is actually my review of the the whole of the eight volume masterpiece that is Osama Tezuka's 'Buddha'. It is a phenomenal example of the possibilities of graphic novels and telling both verbal and visual stories. What is so apparent is the humanity of Siddhartha, and the environment in which he both learnt and taught his mind to those that would listen. The manga characters set against the beautifully realistic landscapes is the kind of imagery that is both breathtaking and memorable. What ...more
Dec 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
And Tezuka finishes his Buddha epic in fine form, as the story in this final volume is gripping all the way through. It's hardly a happy ending for any of the characters, but then he's staying true to the tone of the preceding volumes as well as the historical story, so any other type of ending would have really been a bit of a dramatic letdown.

Viewing the entire series, you have to admire Tezuka's accomplishment in taking the usual Buddha story and making an engrossing and dramatic story of it,
William Clemens
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
OK, this series was just great. The first two books were okay, and I knew I wanted to keep reading, but they hadn't really amazed me. By volumes 3+4 Tezuka really finds his pace and the story picks up. I rushed through the end of the series so I didn't enjoy them as much (interlibrary loan due dates must be obeyed)

Tezuka is called the grandfather of Manga, and his pacing, style, and sense of humor really do justify his nickname. The tale of Buddha starts of with background on other characters an
Apr 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2008
And ... the epic reaches its conclusion. And so do many of its major characters.

Having now finished all eight books -- some three thousand pages? -- I feel like I should offer some kind of overview about the series. But I'm not sure I'm ready for that. Too much left to think about. All I'll say is that this last volume brought the Buddha story nicely back to its beginning, which is appropriate given that Buddha himself preached that all life is inter-connected, that without endings there would b
I loved this series for its visual and simple portrayal of the Buddha as a human being. I've read suttas and have been studying and practicing the teachings of the Buddha for several years. Evenso, until now the Buddha as a person has felt like an abstraction. Reading this series I found myself feeling tenderly toward the Buddha as a person, touched by his simple humanity, compassionate toward his suffering, connected to the Buddha as part of the web of all beings.

This isn't a portrayal of the c
Jody Mena
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
I really enjoyed this series, Tezuka is a master! Do not let the cartoonish quality of the art fool you, the story is beautiful and subtly told. Humorous devices were used to bring an element of lightheartedness and mirth to a serious story, and the events and philosophies were depicted in creative and thought-provoking ways. The story very effectively communicated Buddha's life, his humanity as well as his sanctity. The last chapter hit me much harder than I thought it would. The retelling of t ...more
Jan 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who know the story thus far.
Osamu Tezuka's epic manga series Buddha comes to a close with the eighth volume, Jetavana. Maintaining his trademark sense of humor and penchant for general wackiness, Tezuka nonetheless wrings a lot of powerful emotion out of the events of this volume as Buddha struggles with a growing sense of self-doubt, born of watching his life's work fall apart around him and seeing his teachings go ignored by even his closest disciples. Death is the reverberating theme throughout this volume, and tragedy ...more
Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: buddhism, read2014
Tezuka’s humanist narrative of the Buddha is a pretty amazing achievement (over 3,000 pages!). He incorporates non-canonical characters and events into the story in order to highlight the realities of suffering; the devastating effects of caste; and the humorous, disastrous, and unavoidable aspects of human nature. His artistic references to manga and his other work were often lost on me, and his cartoonish humor wasn’t always my cup of tea…but I’m hard-pressed to not call the majority of this s ...more
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Finished up the series this weekend and I am astonished at Tezuka's work. I give it 5 stars as a series whole, even though this volume was the least dense. A lot happens, but it's less about the journey than it is about wrapping things up. I appreciate the dramatization of the book and understand the lasting legacy of the life lived, but am very impressed with how well the series stood up. Some may say it's dated, but I found it still fresh and still very much a testament to how amazing Tezuka's ...more
Naived Merchant
Oct 27, 2010 rated it it was ok
The series is amazing when it comes to Manga styling and storytelling. But there is limited focus on Buddha, the protagonist of the series. This is also one of the few books that depicts Buddha with limitations and human manifestations...

One time read for the story, but a must buy if you like Manga.
M.M. Strawberry Reviews
At 4.5/5 stars, 'Jetavana' is a solid read and a satisfactory (if a bit rushed) ending to the Buddha series. I was a bit sad to put this book down since the series was over, but the Buddha series has been a wonderful and compelling read. Some parts of the ending may be shocking, but others would certainly be expected. Two thumbs up.
for all it's idiosyncrasies, I was touched. I'm sure it's a good introduction to the life and thought of Buddha--but on the basis of story alone, it was a beautiful tale of a questing soul who touched many lives and sought to ease the pain of those around him
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