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Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment (Enlightenment Series) Paperback – Deckle Edge, February 26, 2008
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As a global leader and pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine, Chopra transforms the way the world views physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social wellness. Known as a prolific author of over sixty-five books with twenty New York Times best sellers in both the fiction and non fiction categories.
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I have a problem with constructing this story about the buddha with made up characters and situations. My understanding is that, no, we do not know all the facts about Siddhartha's life. Perhaps the details of the Buddha's life are sparse, but more is not needed to understand the teaching of buddhism. And we cannot know more, so why go on with this farce? This character written by chopra is supposed to give us a sense that the buddha was human, and mortal as we are. But nothing about any other buddhist PHILOSOPHICAL teaching suggests that he's anything else.
This book will not really help you begin to study Buddhism.
I could not keep reading as the story progressed because the writing got worse, and the situations seemed too contrived. Chopra here seems to think that he has a better understanding of buddha "the man" than others can attain from basic buddhist readings.
For a real introduction into buddhist philosophy, please visit a temple or read "what the buddha taught" by walpola rahula, or The "Buddhist Tradition in India, China and Japan" edited by WIlliam Theodore de Bary.
Perhaps if you know nothing of buddhism, this may give you some insight. My concern is that there are so many situations and characters that are made up, that you may get fact and truth mixed up in further study. Many stories of the buddha's life are fantastical. Just remember that the Buddha wanted his TEACHINGS to be remembered and not facts of his life. He taught philosophy, ways to think of yourself in your body and in the world, not religion. Buddha never claimed to be more than a man.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is quite interesting, especially for someone like myself just starting out with meditation. It shows how a spiritual revolution was started in such a simple way. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Kathy Gronau
Good historical novel. Helped me to understand much more about Siddhartha than I did before. Recommend for an entry level understanding of the Buddha.Published 1 month ago by Paul C. Quistgard
Not a bad book. Kid had to read it for history class. Some good discussions.Published 4 months ago by Peter L Stone
This is a story about Buddha. Not sure how authenticated it is...bs his interpretation. Names are tough to keep track of. No real principles taught herePublished 5 months ago by SusanD
I was quite surprised at how good this book was when I read it. I thought no one could come close to Hesse's Siddhartha, but
Chopra's Buddha is a close second. Read more
Deepak should be embarrassed. The book is all cartoons and they make Sadartha look like Spiderman. WorthlessPublished 5 months ago by Sonny