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on August 19, 2017
Of all the books I have read on Buddha this short little book does the best job of putting the dharma into focus, clarifies the many aspects of its origin and the various facets of the meditative practices and teachings from the earlier practices learned by Gotama to his complete understanding of enlightenment and how he taught it. It really gives meaning to many things from Goenka who often refers accurately to the early Pali texts. The history and the story are full of interesting passages taken from the earliest writings. In the end though the book is finished, just like the Buddha and everyone else leaving his karma and his work behind. I bought a hard copy for my library. Interesting that an ex Catholic nun did such a great job writing this book. Funny thing is that Gotama originally refused to let women in to the sangha probably due to the complications possible from sexual desire and even refused his step-mother who raised him. But he thought better of it fortunately. It is also interesting to muse that Chairman Mao, whose mother was a devout Buddhist, elevated all women to full social status during the revolution. Was this partly because of Buddha's teaching and things he learned from his mother? Is the successful communal nature of the Buddhist sangha over thousands of years a model for socialist societies? Could be. Everything is connected.

So long, Buddha. Good bye, Buddha. (Haha there was even a Judas in the story.)
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on June 7, 2016
Karen Armstrong's scholarly diligence, objectivity, and wonderful writing style again shine in this fascinating and informative book. There are so many stories, interpretations, and speculations about the great Siddhatta Gotama Buddha's life and teachings. Armstrong's account distinguishes itself by conveying remarkable realism and credibility about this enormously wise and compassionate man, who was so far ahead of his time of 2-1/2 millennia ago.
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on December 10, 2017
excellent read
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on October 31, 2017
Although my mother language is not English, I have read this book and have different insights
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on April 30, 2016
This is a compelling look at Buddha's life and lessons. Armstrong explores the subject in depth and makes it understandable and a pleasure to read. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in eastern spirituality.
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on June 1, 2013
Have had a long interest in Buddhism and love the secular and respectful tone of this book. Seems well researched and cohesive. I would recommend to anyone with an interest in Buddha. I have read it several times and still notice new things, has depth.
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on October 18, 2010
Academic writing typical of KA. Informative, extremely well researched and organized and pretty inspirational due largely to the "subject matter.". I've studied Buddhism with Geshe Sopa (a Tibetan monk)and prefer the Sanskrit terms but she was apparently working more with the Pali scriptures and used those terms - maybe this was the language of the Buddha himself. Her writing might have had a little more sparkle but am very satisfied with this book that I've been planning to read for a long time.
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on January 6, 2009
This book reads like a very compelling story, yet has profound depth. Karen Armstrong brings the ancient times to life in her scholarly way and conveys her gift of getting the bigger picture. I read it in little increments only because I wanted to savor the profound wisdom and information pouring from each chapter's pages. There is much information one will not want to miss.. as it all seems is so important in helping the reader to absorb the magnitude of what the Buddha accomplished for mankind. A truly worthwhile read. I've already handed many copies out as gifts.
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on April 24, 2016
Gorgeous writing and wonderful entree into the context of WHY the Buddha left his luxurious home to become the Buddha.
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on January 15, 2017
Needed for school, came in on time, great read
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