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Buddha (Penguin Lives Biographies) Paperback – Deckle Edge, September 28, 2004
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[Armstrong] offers a frequently inspiring look at this exemplary life... Invaluable. (Los Angeles Times)
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Karen Armstrong's books include The Battle for God, A History of God: The 4000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths; and In the Beginning: A New Interpretation of Genesis. A former Roman Catholic nun, she teaches at Leo Baeck College for the Study of Judaism and received the 1999 Muslim Public Affairs Council Media Award.
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So long, Buddha. Good bye, Buddha. (Haha there was even a Judas in the story.)
I am perplexed at some of the negative review and comments here. I guess it boils down to what touches a particular person or not, or what a person is ripe to hear or not. To me this is a great book. I rarely give 5 stars.
The review entitled "not a book for Buddhists" is simply not true at all. It not only gives you some glimpse into the Buddha's life (albeit limited due to the lack of material), it also gives you a clear picture of portions of the practice, and there are numerous nuggets of wisdom that clarified for me some of the dharma. Certainly not complete in itself (as if any one book could be!), but it was not meant to be that kind of dharma book.
One reviewer complained in angry tones that Armstrong just wanted to go on a diatribe against Christianity as a former nun, and used this platform to do so. This reviewer must either be mad (and I don't mean "angry") or is just a closed minded Christian who has the deluded belief that Christianity is the only relevant religion worth writing about and thus was angry she would do so. There was not one negative thing in this book about Christianity! Maybe they read another book altogether?
All in all, I think Karen Armstrong understands the dharma and did a wonderful job in the creation of this excellent work. I highly recommend it.
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