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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

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Published (first published January 1st 2007)
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Rupert Wolfe-Murray I'm not sure if this answer comes far too late but, if not, I suggest you start your search in India where they have some good public libraries. I kne…moreI'm not sure if this answer comes far too late but, if not, I suggest you start your search in India where they have some good public libraries. I knew a man (WG West) who found the WW2 radio broadcasts of George Orwell in a library in Delhi -- resulting in two great books. Another British author who makes good use of Indian researchers, and libraries, is William Dalrymple. Good luck.(less)
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Oct 08, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book because I love Buddha. He was a sweet dude and I dig what he did for humanity. So did Herman Hesse and that's why he wrote Siddhartha an amazing work of insight and revelation about the core of Buddhist thought and the life of a man who brought his message of silence and contemplation to the world.

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
Bjorn Sorensen
A fascinating, readable fictionalized account of Buddha's life, conveniently broken into three sections: prince, monk, Buddha. We learn that Buddha's mission was to conquer fear and desire and live in total freedom - and that this was his calling from an early age. We learn that he gave up the life of prince and husband and father to live alone in the mountains - and survived an encounter with an enraged serial killer in the woods by simply walking away. We learn that Buddha avoided thinking in ...more
Paul Wilder
Jul 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those interested in spirituality in general
This was a very entertaining and inspiring fictional account of the life of the Buddha. Most of the characters and events of the novel are from the passed down story of Buddha, but it is the depiction of his inner experience that is imagined. The scope of the novel is wonderful in that it starts with his life as Prince Siddartha, moves next into his years as Gautama the monk, then to his enlightenment and subsequent transformation into the Buddha. He was truly an Everyman, and his story demonstr ...more
Jul 18, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When I saw this at a bookstore I felt joy wash over me. I had to get it even if I had already read Siddhartha and felt the territory had been covered. I'd never read a book by Chopra and really wanted to give it a shot.

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
Jul 07, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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First thing first, I honestly have no idea of what to call this book with.

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

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
Jun 12, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One major reason I liked this book is because it takes a 'what-if' approach to the story of Gautam Buddha and presents an alternative explanation of events. I also liked the last part where the author discusses the teachings of Buddha in a Q&A section. I think this should have been put in the narrative itself coming directly from Buddha. That said, there were some of the teachings in his conversations with his new disciples. The writing/language was pretty ordinary, compared to books like Siddha ...more
China Rodriguez
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book completely changed my perspective on so many things.

”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.”
Oct 13, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The life of the Buddha is far too long & complicated to put down easily in such a small volume but overall good starts for those who want to read & learn how Buddhism come about. It is light and easy to read. Since this partly fictionalized version, the historical backgrounds have to be taken as just that while the fictional part lacks interesting quality in my opinion. Buddha's life can be concluded in three phases: the Prince, the Monk, and the Enlightened Buddha. I like the way Deepak throw i ...more
Sara Montgomery
Well, it's fiction, so that's disappointing. I must say, I have a much darker view of Buddha after reading this and that leaves a bad taste in my mouth for Chopra. I know Chopra is supposed to be a great spiritual teacher but I think he did a poor job of carrying the story and his journey to enlightenment in an understandable and valuable way. He made the error of assuming the reader had his knowledge of the subject and didn't take the lead to unfolding Buddha's enlightenment. More of a bystande ...more
Jan 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in Spirituality, Buddhism,Adventure and or Fantasy
This book was wonderful!! A tale of Buddha as imagined by Deepak Chopra. We learn of Siddartha's birth, His relationship to all those around him and about his life protected from the world behind walls of the kingdom while trying to find his own true path. A tale full of war, love, Jealousy, death, passion and following ones true Soul calling. This book is a great descriptive read full of fantasy, adventure and spirituality. Included are Buddha's life after enlightenment and a breakdown of the e ...more
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The story of the Buddha has been told time and time again, and various accounts of his life story have been recorded in books, films, and other media. This version, Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment, was written by Deepak Chopra, an alternative medicine advocate in the New Age movement. I hadn't read any of Chopra's other books prior to this one, so I approached this book with very few expectations.

The book is broken up into three main sections: "Siddhartha The Prince", "Gautama The Monk", and "B
Apr 05, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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If you want to read a novel about Siddhartha Gautama, the historic Buddha, please read _Old Path, White Clouds_ by Thich Nhat Hanh. (I could also recommend my book _Every Day is Magical: A Buddhist Pilgrimage in India and Nepal_, but that would be shameless self-promotion. Still, it involves visiting places significant to the Buddha.)

Oddly, many Goodreads reviewers apparently think that Herman Hesse's novel _Siddhartha_ is about the historic Buddha, but It isn't; it's the spiritual journey of a
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As the author points out in the preface, the story of the Buddha is a story that is naturally shrouded in mystery. Over the past 2000 years, people have added to the story, embellished, and recounted the life of the Buddha in various ways. Mr. Chopra is no different. In this book, he takes these same liberties in creating his own version of the story of the Buddha. In his words, he takes the opportunity to "fictionalize" but tries to keep the book "psychologically true." In doing so, he takes th ...more
Feb 04, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I really enjoyed this story and thought it was very well written. However, I didn't like the violence in the story and was especially sad for the female characters who always ended up with the worst story and the worst fate. They either died, or were raped and died, or had to live in suffering.

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
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Book 53 2012 Reading Challenge-- This retelling of the Buddha's life was okay. Like, Siddhartha written by Hesse , this text also has Hindu elements. I began by listening to this book on tape, but I wasn't able to enjoy Depak Chopra's narration. I found the heavy accent and emotional emphasis added to certain words and phrases --distracting. Normally I can tolerate any narrator, but not this time. So, I switched and read the book in print. I found the story has a quite a bite to it and a variety ...more
Swetha Chodavarpu
I've always wanted to learn more about Buddhism.
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
Oct 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club-ysg
I read this book for a book club. Therefore, I felt compelled to finish it even though I didn't enjoy it much. For me, it was a tough slog. I put it down for weeks at a time due to lack of interest. Perhaps because of that, I had to jog my memory of the characters each time I picked it up again. It is a fictional account of Buddha's life including talking demons (ridiculous).

I was hoping to learn about Buddhism by reading this book. Unfortunately, aside from the final short chapter called The A
May 11, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a great personification of a historical figure. I really enjoyed reading it and can see myself referring to it again in my lifetime.

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.
Laurie Buchanan
Mar 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading—in story format—the details of Buddha’s early life, subsequent departure from royalty, and his painstaking journey after that. My favorite part of BUDDHA: A STORY OF ENLIGHTENMENT came at the end when author Deepak Chopra articulates a user-friendly definition of what Buddhism is, and equally important what it is not.
I understand author’s point of presenting the story of Siddhartha from his birth and through some growing years to show where he came from and why he chose to leave to follow his destiny. But I didn’t care for all the descriptions.

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.
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book was absolutely fantastic. It was written quite well, captivating, and educational. Definitely recommend it for anyone who is interested in Buddhism or different religious/spiritual beliefs.
Freya Abbas
I really wish I could give this book a higher rating. It was an ambitious book to write and it started off really amazing, like those historical fiction or fantasy books that keep the pages turning and make you really fall in love with the writing style and characters. The first part about Siddhartha's childhood was extremely well written.
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
Oct 05, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had zero idea what this book was about. I thought it would teach me some of the basic principles of Buddhism. Instead, it turned out to be a fictional story about how Buddha became Buddha. It was slow and sad and not entirely clear. Humans are supposed to achieve enlightenment, but the book thoroughly confused me on how to achieve it. It was very vague and mystical. The story itself was somewhat interesting, but could have been way less drawn out. Don’t think I’ll read any more books by this g ...more
The book is separated into three parts: Siddhartha the prince, Gautama the monk, and Buddha. I really enjoyed the first part as it looked into the more human aspects of an almost deified figure. The second and third parts were rushed to me, especially the third part. I felt like not enough of Buddha's teachings and aspects of his life as Buddha were explored. This book could've been longer. ...more
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second time reading it, though it’s been many many years. Was a nice story, with a good cadence. Trigger Warning; This story contains rape and bloodshed and death.
Feb 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An Interesting Take on Buddha

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.
Oct 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Incredible book ~ couldn't put it down.

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
Sophie Carter
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I blew through this book in about 24 hours, and by the end, I was not only convinced that I want to convert to Buddhism, but I was also 10x more knowledgeable about Buddha and the Buddhist religion. It has earned a spot on my favorites list.
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
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Deepak Chopra, MD serves as the Founder and Chairman of The Chopra Foundation, and Co-Founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing.

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

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