- Hardcover: 121 pages
- Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill (1 Sept. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1565125207
- ISBN-13: 978-1565125209
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.9 x 18.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,278,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Buddha and the Terrorist Hardcover – 1 Sep 2006
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The Buddha and the Terrorist is an inspiring retelling of an ancient legend. It has a lucid clarity and directness that speaks pointedly and movingly to our times. It should touch every heart that meets it." Pico Iyer, author of The Global Soul --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Satish Kumar is an internationally renowned speaker on ecological and spiritual issues. He lives in England, and is Editor of Resurgence magazine, Director of Programmes at Schumacher College and founder of the UK?Schumacher Society. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The paperback (2004) edition contains 75 numbered pages that are separated into an Introduction, a Foreword and 7 chapters:
Introduction: The Story of Angulimala.
Foreword By Allen Hunt Badiner
1) Encountering the Monster.
2) The Conversation of a king.
3) Freedom from Fear.
4) Spiritual simplicity.
5) Seeking Revenge.
6) The Triumph of Forgiveness.
7) From Death to Life.
The author, Satish Kumar has practised Buddhism and has been a Jain monk for 9 years. Although born in India, Satish Kumar settled in England in 1973. Today he is the editor of Resurgence magazine, and is the Director of Programmes at Schumacher College. This book tells the story of how a hate filled man spends his life trying to alleviate his inner pain by murdering people around him. That is, until he meets the Lord Buddha, whose respect inspiring deportment has a startling effect upon the mind Angulimala. After talking to the Buddha, Angulimala gives up his old life, repents his past and ordains as a Buddhist monk. He spends his time in meditation, and eventually becomes inwardly calm and free of greed, hatred and delusion.Read more ›
Satish Kumar dramatises this tale with care and understanding and in the forward it is made clear that we need to find another way in our own times to deal with the issues of terrorism and the associated anger and sense of revenge that is so prevalent today. The Buddha's example, through this story, is seen as one such solution which, it is not just admitted but laid plain for us, demands courage. But what choices do we have in our times other than to spin on the never-ending wheel of action and reaction which produces more and more violence and destruction? This is clearly no answer despite the so-called enlightened times in which we live. We have truly come no distance at all since savagery in this respect; we have not learned.
The story, as Satish Kumar shows, is not just about outer situations, though. Within all of us we need to address the terrorist within, that part of us that breeds anger and hatred which is then projected into the world and causes such havoc. Also, the way we treat ourselves and our own consciousness is shown as central to the whole question of violence in the world, in our society and culture.Read more ›
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At times Mr. Kumar makes it a little *too* obvious (I believe one person wanting revenge says that the Buddha "is either with us or against us") but all of his points are well taken. It is an enjoyable and quite moving read.
Also, because this little gem of a book plays a bit fast and loose with the timelines of the Buddha's teachings -- many things he said either earlier or later are included here to give an idea of the depth and breadth of the Dhamma -- one shouldn't read this as any kind of fictional historical reconstruction like Old Path, White Clouds. Instead, one should read it for what it is: A reminder of the Buddha's words on nonviolence and a call for all of us, whether his followers or not, to embrace the gentle middle way.
I enjoyed the story, but the foreword alone is worth the purchase. It is succinct and the most pertinent exposition on violence and terrorism I have heard/read. Thomas Moore's foreword should be printed and handed out to every American. Violence and terrorism, and their counterparts of peace and reconciliation, are not issues for democrats or republicans, atheists or religious people. These issues are about struggles inside every human, both now, and thousands of years ago.
This small book is a retelling of the old Buddhist parable of Angulimala. Angulimala goes around killing people and cutting their fingers off to wear on a necklace. He wanders one day into the grove where the Buddha is living in hermitage. The Buddha does not fear the killer, but instead, the Buddha talks with him and shows him compassion and unconditional love. Angulimala questions his violent and hateful ways and gives up killing to go live and study with the Buddha. It is a story about violence, about suffering, about compassion, about making choices so that we may live peacefully. It is a story about the ability to change, about opening to our own capacity to love and be loved, about acknowledging our power to destroy but chosing to create instead. It is a lovely tale, relevant to the world today, and one that each of us could benefit from reading by studying the multiple layers of meaning and integrating its lessons into our lives.
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