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.
I found this bood very disappointing. I wanted a book that contained the essential teachings of the Buddha, plus some background in his life. Read morePublished 20 days ago by novella
I totally recommend this book for anyone interested in Buddhism. Whether you are new to it, or wether you are a practitioner for ages. Very inspiring.Published on 6 May 2013 by nene stam