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Who is the Buddha?

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He walked the earth 2,500 years ago, not a god, but a man. Yet we ask the question "Who is the Buddha?" as if he were eternal, timeless. How can this be? In Who is the Buddha? a leading Western Buddhist examines this question from several different angles. He introduces the historical Hindu warrior prince, Siddhartha Gautama, who went out in search of truth and struggled ...more
Hardcover, 169 pages
Published 2003 by Barnes & Noble (first published 1994)
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Magnus Lidbom
For most of the book it is a very edifying experience describing Buddha and his teachings. I was fully expecting to give it 4 or 5 stars. Then as we near the end of the book the author starts to explain his view of what the Buddha is. And here is where I stop being able to support what the author is saying at all. The book veers into an ocean of what I consider delusion:

* An enlightened being exists outside of space and time.
* An enlightened being has a host of supernatural abilities.
* Walking
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Charlene
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I'm really enjoying reading Sangharakshita's books. I love the way he writes, he is very detailed in his explanations of the Buddhist faith. I learnt a lot from this book.
Juan Rivera
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lecturas-2016
In my long journey in search of spirituality I have read and learned from many religions and teachings.

However I like best of all it is Buddhism.

"Who Is the Buddha?" Sangharakshita is the best book I've read about who is Buddha ... The author is an Englishman who decided to become a Buddhist and spent time living in the Far East.

Buddhism is a religion without God. Buddha is not God, but a human being who managed to free or enlightened.

In the book he shows his way as a man but is full of
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Carol
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
There is a lot of book to review, so I am not going to. All I am going to do is recommend it if you have any interest in the Buddha at all.

I thought I knew quite a bit, but although I knew the biographical Gautama, I didn't really have as much insight into the Buddha as I thought I did!

I haven't achieved Enlightenment by reading this book, but I have certainly had some lightbulb moments!
Viv JM
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: buddhism, author-male
Bold guide to the teachings of the Buddha. Sangharakshita writes with wit and intelligence. I found the section on the role of worship and devotion in the Buddhist faith particularly useful and clear.
Annie Noble
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I return to this book frequently to reacquaint myself with why I find Buddhism and The Buddha so inspiring.
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Learned a lot about Buddha and Buddhism. Well worth a read.
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Sangharakshita was born Dennis Lingwood in South London, in 1925. Largely self-educated, he developed an interest in the cultures and philosophies of the East early on, and realized that he was a Buddhist at the age of sixteen.

The Second World War took him, as a conscript, to India, where he stayed on to become the Buddhist monk Sangharakshita. After studying for some years under leading teachers
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