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Before He Was Buddha: The Life of Siddhartha Hardcover – May 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Seastone/Ulysses Press (May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569751366
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569751367
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,104,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A vivid portrayal of the Buddha's personal story." - Vaga Journal" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Hammalawa Saddhatissa is the author of The Buddhist's Way, and was both Buddhist monk and professor of Buddhism. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn W. Andrew on April 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The book was well written with many examples illustrating the message of each chapter. I especially liked the companion pictures and quotes from Buddha which distill the message of each chapter. The book was informative and enjoyable. If you are a first time reader of Buddhasm and want to know about Siddhartha's life as he became an enlightened One, then this book is the one for you.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Claus Hetting on June 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
This little book is an easily understood yet fairly accurate rendition of the Buddha's life & teachings, although the title is somewhat misleading in that the book also includes many events from the time after the Buddha's Enlightenment. It is written in a simple style and refrains from deeper philosophical discussions, which is a good idea in order not to alienate the reader and discourage future Buddhists (raw Buddhist philosphy can get very involved if it is not coupled with practical advice). The Buddha emerges as a person of flesh and blood, not unlike ourselves, and the anecdotes and allegories are excellent. Read it and enjoy.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Jan B. Newman on January 22, 2001
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This is a good beginning book that is a fast, enjoyable read. It doesn't get too bogged down in dry teachings and philosophy, but gives you enough to give one a beginning feeling. It also gives a feeling as to who Buddha the human being was.
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