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Buddha Volume 2: The Four Encounters (Buddha #2)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  3,394 Ratings  ·  178 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, travels ...more
Paperback, 411 pages
Published July 11th 2006 by Vertical (first published 1983)
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Riku Sayuj

It is fun, no point denying that. It is also far away from any Buddha narrative I am familiar with. This is an imaginative series filled with characters and events almost wholly invented, but that is not to say that it has no connection to the original -- Tezuka is a creative spirit at play here and he takes the most tenuous connections and spins wild yarns around them.

In the spirit of the Buddhist narrative tradition, it is the ideas that predominate; and the events are twisted, modified, dele
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really deep.
Jigar Brahmbhatt
Dec 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic
There is great narrative control here. Osamu Tezuka is a first class artist, using graphic techniques to recount the life story of the Buddha with such exquisite and breathtaking command of the material that I ended up reading the 400+ pages manga in just one sitting, which is rare for me.

The story, which might be familiar to people interested in the life and teachings of the Buddha, is re-imagined by a man who seems to have a firm grasp on the subject and who also happens to be the godfather o
Nicolo Yu
Nov 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
I rescued this copy of Osamu Tezuka's Buddha volume 2 from Booksale recently. A hardback edition with a badly creased cover and faulty binding without its jacket if it had one.
I've heard some raves about this series and I figured this could be a great introduction into the original manga god that is Tezuka. Reading it feels familiar. No wonder, I've already been acquainted with Tezuka's work since I was old enough to enjoy cartoons, having watched Kimba the White Lion.
The book itself, is great.
Gw masih sedikit ingat cerita yg dituturkan guide Borobudur saat SD dulu, tentang pertemuan Siddharta muda dengan seorang brahmana yg nantinya akan menunjukkan dharmanya. Dan tentu saja pertemuan sang pangeran muda dengan kematian. Tapi, gw sama sekali nggak inget kalo sang pangeran jatuh cinta pada wanita yg menjadi kepala perompak, bahkan sampe berefek sebegitunya. Jadi beneran pingin baca Siddhartha-nya Herman Hesse sebagai pembanding
David Schwan
Oct 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a continuation of the story we are brought up to the point where the Buddha is married and questioning life and eventually gives up being a prince and becomes a monk. There are also side stories of other people which I assume will converge later with the main story. Graphics are nice, maybe not as good as volume 1.
David Schaafsma
I liked this better than the first volume, because we now see the Buddha growing up, childhood through adolescence, seeing how he separates himself from his (apparent) destiny to become king, and marry in caste, to his rejection of caste, to his destiny to become a monk. His spiritual, ideological transformation, in part through connections to ascetics and other wise men he meets who all seem to know from the start that he is special, Going to be Great, most can see it. I'm also sort of seeing l ...more
Dec 31, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Kimberley Hope
I didn't think it was possible to top the incredible first installment of Tezuka's epic "Buddha" series, but book two, "The Four Encounters" blew me away. With every work of his I consume, I fall more and more in love with Grandaddy Manga, Osamu Tezuka. I just can't get enough of his highly animated characters, functional anatomy (to hell with sensible and scientific designs), minimalist yet realistic backgrounds, and the mature, often devastating story lines these cute characters are forced to ...more
Jul 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Tezuka's style is all over the place, jumping back-and-forth between the ancient world and modern anachronisms, between the horror of violence and comedic one-liners, between political and spiritual and quasi-erotic. The artwork too vibrates on a scale from scrawled doodles and abstractions to gorgeous splash pages of Indian architecture and lush nature—the trees are specially fantastic. All this makes for a fun read, though it's inconsistencies render it far from a masterpiece. And I really cou ...more
Aug 11, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fiends
Shelves: comiculun
Yang kedua gak kalah seru, mengenai keinginan kuat Sidharta yang ingin menjadi Petapa demi untuk mendapatkan pencerahan guna menyelamatkan umat manusia, buku kedua ini Sidharta sangat penasaran dengan Arti Kematian...
David Ramirer
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
gleichbleibend tolle qualität gegenüber volume I.
sehr schöne story, spannend erzählt mit lustigen eingestreuten anachronismen.

The second volume continues 10 years later, after we see Tatta eat his meal, we go into a palace that he camps on the outside of and see a young prince Siddhartha who wants a toy that some young Shudra (slave) boys are being chased out for being caught eating vaisya (commoner) food. The prince is taught the levels of caste, the highest being Brahmin. After his short lesson he's escorted to the "play room", which is more suited for an adult, when he falls a
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Osamu’s Tezuka’s Buddha (book 2), THE Four Encounters, Paperback edition
On the chance you are coming to these 8 book series via book two, this is not a religious teaching text. This is a lax graphic novelization of a history. So far not much on the religion of the young Prince Siddhartha, the man who will with enlightenment become Buddha, founder of Buddhism. The introduction of highly anachronistic terms is more noticeable and less excusable than was present in book one. Overall I found the st
Tarique Ejaz
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"What is one man's life compared to an eternity of time and space? It is like a snowflake having its moment in the sunlight before melting into the flow of time."

Throughout the second volume, we are introduced to the main protagonist of the series as we journey along with him through his early years. A sickly prince, weighed down by the burden of the responsibilities of an entire kingdom and one who simply seeks the simple truth that has remained unanswered for too long. Along with that we are
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was originally skeptical of Prince Siddhartha's choice to follow the mysterious sage's advice and become a wandering monk: Why abandon your country and your people when a war is at your doorstep? Kapilavastu appears in the story so far as a country that seems reasonably prosperous and its court mainly functional. Why throw this all away and basically condemn everyone to probable conquest and misery? This is revisited and answered in the last book, but I wish the choice would have seemed less u ...more
Nicholas Siebers
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story, with twists and turns. Doesn't completely explain everything, but more may be clear as the volumes unfold. Good art, although most of the characters do not appear Indian. Interested for the next one!
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Capili April
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As engaging as the first volume, this second installment shows the young hero growing in wisdom and resolve. While many panels depict human suffering and wretchedness, there are plenty of humorous moments as well--though these meta and anachronistic jokes are jarring most of the time.
Shivangi Yadav
I only finished it because I do not like leaving books midway. The two stars are for the artwork, which despite the mind boggling storyline are an absolutely delight.
Maud Donker
I'm quite torn between reading on and quiting this series... There's something about the style and substance that rubs me the wrong way sometimes...
Apr 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, 2009
If all manga was like this series, I would read a lot of manga. This is just such a great series - funny and well-written. The drawings may not be anything special but some of them are beautiful and I like the simplicity of the rest. But it's the story that draws me into this.

In the volume, we follow the young prince Siddharta - Buddha-to-be. We follow his struggles with understanding his place in the world - especially after an incident in his young life where one of his friends kills a rabbit
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jeff by: Kapilavastu
I'm easily bored by typical biographies. The dull, objective reportage of facts and dates about the great grandparents and the grandparents and the parents and then finally the subject of the biography is born. Vol 1 certainly couldn't be called "dull, objective reportage of facts," but the miracle birth doesn't happen til the very end, so for an impatient non-Buddhist such as myself, i strongly prefer v2 simply because it's mostly focused on Siddhartha. I'll have to buy the series.

Take this tri
The second "chapter" of the Buddha series follows Siddhartha Gautama to young-adulthood. He is a weak boy, who is bored with his lavish lifestyle. Even during parties Siddhartha always falls asleep. The young prince is very unhappy with his life, and this part of the story is where he chooses the path of enlightenment.

Tatta, the young boy who can posses the talent to "take over" the mind of animals, kidnaps Siddhartha (Buddha) from his castle to show him the real world. While he is kidnapped he
Jan 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Selesai! ^^

Di buku kedua ini dikisahkan masa kanak-kanak Siddhartha sampai mencapai usia dewasa muda (young adult?).
Di sini, Siddharta muda mengalami berbagai peristiwa menarik dan cobaan hebat dalam kehidupannya di seputar istana.
Siddhartha mendapat ramalan tentang takdirnya dari seorang rahib hebat nan misterius. Dia kemudian juga sempat bertemu dengan Tatta, si bocah ajaib yang sekarang sudah dewasa, dan mengalami masa-masa abg dan jatuh cinta sama si perampok cantik, Migaila.
Polemik kehidupa
May 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
This is the second installment in Tezuka's Buddha collection. It is every bit as good as the first. If you're someone who enjoys graphic novels and wants a quick lesson on Buddha, definitely check it out.

These are great. They're funny without being irreverant. They're insightful without being patronizing. They're artistic without being cliché or overly artsy.

The second volume takes you into the life of young Siddhartha. There were several of the stories I was familiar with - Siddhartha being rai
Dioni (Bookie Mee)
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
While in the first volume, Siddharta only takes a few pages of book time, his life is taking focus in full force in the second volume. He grows up to be a questioning young man, and like Jesus he shows signs of "super power" and power of thinking from early age. (If only Muhammad's life could be drawn as graphic novel - I'd want to read that too.) He challenges the caste system, and gradually denies it and his birth status as prince and kshatriya (warrior) caste.

You'd expect it by now that Tezuk
Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: four-star
With Siddhartha finally taking center stage in his own story, Tezuka has a solid anchor around which to hang his typical concerns, and this book is stronger than the first volume for it. Tezuka also tones down (but does not completely eliminate) his trademark bizarre humor and his fondness of anachronisms and breaking the fourth wall. Here, Tezuka devotes most of his time to the character development of Siddhartha, who begins the book as a physically weak child, prone to illness and sleep, and e ...more
Tyler Hill
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
After waiting in the wings for the majority of Volume 1, Siddhartha finally emerges at the central character in Volume 2 of this series. And, for the most part, this volume is stronger for it.

That said, this volume is actually thematically a little more challenging than Volume 1 also because it largely deals with Siddhartha's decision to turn his back on his life as a Prince and become a monk. In most regards this is a noble decision, but it also involves him effectively walking out on his wife
Really 3.5 stars.

The second entry in the novelization of the Buddha's life takes us through Siddhartha's youth spent as a prince. He meets a mysterious Brahmin who tells him he is destined to help the whole world, not rule a single kingdom. Siddhartha is weak, frequently sleeps, and has visions. He is discontent as a prince yet reluctant to abandon his people. On an adventure outside the castle walls he meets a grown-up Tatta and falls for a slave woman, Migaila. Conflict between what he believe
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From Wikipedia:
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 fo
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Buddha (8 books)
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  • Buddha, Vol. 3: Devadatta (Buddha, #3)
  • Buddha, Vol. 4: The Forest of Uruvela (Buddha, #4)
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