Deepak Chopra brings the Buddha back to life in this gripping New York Times bestselling novel about the young prince who abandoned his inheritance to discover his true calling. This iconic journey changed the world forever, and the truths revealed continue to influence every corner of the globe today.
A young man in line for the throne is trapped in his father's kingdom an...more
Chopra does a great disservice to Siddhartha and all people with his book. Not only does he muddle the concepts of Buddhism, but he completely misrepresents the man and what he w ...more
Through the eyes of the Buddha, the root of suffering is illusion, and the only way out of illusion is to stop believing in the separate self and the worlds that supports separate self. No spiritual message has ever been so radical. None remains so terribly urgent. - Deepak Chopra
Life is unsatisfactory. Pleasure in the pysical world is transient. Pain inevitably follows. Therefore, nothing we experience can be deeply satisfying. There is no resting place in change.
Nothing is permanen ...more
I just finished it this morning and am reeling from it. I was disappointed a lot of the way through because I felt that Guatama's (Buddha name as a prince) coming-of-age story was largely irrelevant. What I really wanted to know were the details of how he became enlightened. There ...more
I broke the spin of my copy, fyi, for I read and reread it. I was moved, I admit, as much as I was shaken by the message.
In the first part, Chopraji managed to sow the story of feral, raw, ancient India so well, so unbelievably human, Siddhartha included. It wasn't difficult to, say, picture the characters. Unfortunately, it degrades in the second part, "Gautama the Monk." Chopraji said in his foreword that Buddha is as hu ...more
”Whatever can run can also stand still.”
“What the mind has created, only the mind can undo.”
“No one belongs in your soul but you.”
“Unhappiness is born of expectations that don’t come true. Even to expect nothing is a trap.”
“Nirvana, a state of pure, eternal consciousness. Nirvana is present in everyone, but it is like pure water lying deep beneath the earth. Reaching it requires concentration, devotion and diligent work.”
Following the story, Chopra offers a synthesis of the Buddhist doctrines that he hopes you will learn from the novel. This explanation leaves a little to be desired but I think his intention is that the reader use the story as a springboard to deeper exploration of Buddhism.
The book is broken up into three main sections: "Siddhartha The Prince", "Gautama The Monk", and "B ...more
I'm not sure I fully understood Buddha's path to enlightenment, it was difficult to get the meaning of his journey in it's entirety, but I did like the descriptions and the sensations of his soul travellin ...more
The more I read about it, the more intrigued I got.
While the plot at the beginning of the novel was as interesting and informative as the story in the end, somewhere in the middle, I lost interest.
Buddha the Compassionate One was the best part in my opinion; Finally! Some questions answered!
In the end, the book left me with many questions of my own about the religion, and it helped me answer a few I had before.
The epilogue was really interesting ...more
I was hoping to learn about Buddhism by reading this book. Unfortunately, aside from the final short chapter called The A ...more
As much as I enjoyed Jesus and Muhammad by this author, I couldn’t get into this book. It was too descriptive with not much to the plot.
The problem was that from then on it got extremely unrealistic. Buddha was no longer relatable or understandable in any way. The author made him unlike a pers ...more
Deepak does a good job in filling in a lot of the mystery of Buddha’s life. It is a well made fiction that draws the reader in to the path Siddhartha took to becoming the Buddha. The characters are engaging and the life interesting. A good place to start for anyone interested in learning about Buddha for the first time. Deepak acknowledges the need for a fictional portrayal in the book as much is unknown about the man who became the Compassionate One.
From the last paragraph:
"The fire of passion burns out eventually. Then you dig through the ashes and discover a gem. You pick it up; you look at it with disbelief. The gem was inside you all the time. It is yours to keep forever. It is buddha." ~ Buddha
Chopra goes on to say in the Epilogue a very defining (yet not-defining!) statement about Buddhism which intrigued me:
Buddhism survives today and thrives all around the world because it is so open-ended. You ...more
This book is broken into three parts: Siddhartha the Prince, Gautama the Monk, and Buddha the Compassionate. Each of these parts is like a separate book in the sense that Buddha is a completely different person (figuratively) in each. The first part is action ...more
It is broken up into the three main parts of his life: 1) Prince, 2) Monk and 3) Buddha. At the ...more
As a global leader and pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine, Chopra transforms the way the world views physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social wellness. Known as a prolific author of eighty books books with twenty-two New York Times best sellers in both ...more