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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (5 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857388304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857388308
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Vishvapani became a Buddhist aged 14. He edited Dharma Life magazine for nine years and broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio 4's 'Thought for the Day' . He is editor of 'Challenging Times: Stories of Buddhist Practice When Things Get Tough' (Windhorse Publications, 2006) and author of 'Gautama Buddha: the Life and Teachings of the Awakened One' (Quercus, 2011). He lives in Cardiff with his wife and son and teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction through Mindfulness in Action.

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'Master of clarity and simplicity, Vishvapani presents through the life of Buddha an understanding of Buddhism of immense relevance to the way we live now' Dorothy Rowe, author of Beyond Fear and Depression: The Way Out of Your Prison.

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Whilst many accounts of the Buddha's life mix legend and history, this compelling new biography discriminates between fact and fiction to reveal Gautama, the remarkable human being behind the myth, and sheds new light on his teachings. Plunging us into the noises, smells and jostling streets of Gautama's world, Vishvapani Blomfield brings the Buddha to life as a passionate and determined individual - a strikingly modern figure who rejected contemporary beliefs and found his own answers by mastering his mind. Even after he gained Enlightenment and became the Buddha ('the Awakened One') Guatama experienced struggles as well as triumphs as he trod India's dusty paths. Vishvapani shows how he sought to establish a community of practitioners amid his society's divided culture and perilous politics, and how the ideas that became the Buddhist teachings grew from Gautama's efforts to address the needs and beliefs of his listeners. Drawing on years of meticulous research into original sources, Gautama Buddha takes us to within touching distance of one of history's greatest figures.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David White on 9 Mar. 2012
Format: Paperback
I've read a number of different Hagiographies and life stories of the Buddha and this is the best. Vishvapani's book is extensively referenced and stitches together quotes and original source(if there is such a thing for Buddhism) mostly from the Pali canon and creates a comprehensive and very illuminating version of the life of the Buddha. I really found it a compelling read in the way I would read a good novel but it also made me want to go back and look at some of the original texts. If I were to read one "Biography" of the Buddha this is the one I would read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Hawthorn on 27 Jan. 2012
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I've read several other biographies of the Buddha, but this is definitely the most enjoyable yet. Vishvapani fills in the story with lots of historical detail, whilst not discounting the more mythic elements.
Readable and interesting. Well-written, too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By nic on 27 April 2012
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This book is the best book on the Buddha I have read so far.
Tells you everything you want to know.
Will inspire you to do good and help set you on your path.
Brilliant.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J Dunster on 21 Mar. 2014
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I've been very disappointed by previous biographies of the Buddha which seemed very academic and inaccessible. I found the first chapters of this book brought his story to life. I felt there. I felt re-inspired. Everything is well referenced and limitations acknowledged and discussed. It is written in a lovely flowing style.

A fine read.
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