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At the age of 29, Siddhartha Gautama walked away from the insulated pleasure palace that had been his home and joined a growing force of wandering monks searching for spiritual enlightenment during an age of upheaval. Armstrong traces Gautama's journey through yoga and asceticism and grounds it in the varied religious teachings of the time. In many parts of the world during this so-called axial age, new religions were developing as a response to growing urbanization and market forces. Yet each shared a common impulse--they placed faith increasingly on the individual who was to seek inner depth rather than magical control. Taoism and Confucianism, Hinduism, monotheism in the Middle East and Iran, and Greek rationalism were all emerging as Gautama made his determined way towards enlightenment under the boddhi tree and during the next 45 years that he spent teaching along the banks of the Ganges. Armstrong, in her intelligent and clarifying style, is quick to point out the Buddha's relevance to our own time of transition, struggle, and spiritual void in both his approach--which was based on skepticism and empiricism--and his teachings.
Despite the lack of typical historical documentation, Armstrong has written a rich and revealing description of both a unique time in history and an unusual man. Buddha is a terrific primer for those interested in the origins and fundamentals of Buddhism. --Lesley Reed
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Perhaps I'm just too familiar with Buddhism, but I expected a little bit more from Karen Armstrong in "Buddha. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Clay Kallam
Erudite writer - wonderful backstory research. Elegantly writtenPublished 5 months ago by Michele'elys
As usual, Armstrong leaves herself behind and enters the world of her subject. With only a few orienting references to other great spiritual teachers of the world, she captures the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Brian Griffith
I enjoyed this book very much. Armstrong's writing flows and gives one an impression of being with the Buddha throughout. It's a good book.Published 8 months ago by Mu Chak
Amazing contextual research. excellent perspective. best book on Buddha.Published 8 months ago by Stylianos