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An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World Paperback – September 15, 2005
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In its essence, Buddhism has a number of similarities to early Greek philosophy, but also was more egalitarian, including all sentient beings. The Buddha himself says that women, slaves, and untouchables are all capable of enlightenment, although like any other mortal he sometimes did not practice what he preached, especially in regard to women. Still he was among the first (if not the first at around 500 BCE) to recognize that women could be as good as men in the spiritual realm.
Mishra has told this story with good humor, local color and skill. This is no dry history of Buddhist theology, but a living and charming exposition of both reality (as much as we know it) and myth behind the modern rise in Buddhism.Read more ›
As previously noted, this is a autobiography of a student in search of a life and a calling. This is also a cultural biography of the Buddha, thirdly, this is also a meditation on the meaning of Buddhism in contemporary society.
I would say that Mishra missed on all three but he aimed so high that upon reflection, the sum of the effort is brilliant. The synthesis of the bits was ragged, which made for rough reading and understanding, which in turn detracted from the intent of the author.
I felt the meditation on the meaning of Buddhism was the weakest part of the three. Not that he lacked valid points and arguments, on the contrary, he did a greatjob of raising questions and ideas for contemplation. The whole section towards the end of the book dealing with our society as we know it and as we saw it metamorphose in the aftermath of 911, seems forced and rushed. It really did not seem like he had much time to really think through his ideas. He had done much hard work, and he needed to do more, but he stopped short.
The history of the Buddha was much more successful, although I think a more pedantic and to the point biography can be found in Karen Armstrong's Buddha.
The autobiography was very interesting, the main disappointment I had with it was that I had expected a linkage between the autobiography, the history of the Buddha, and the meditation on the applicability of Buddhist philosophy.Read more ›
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This is a famous piece of work by a man whose views and opinions are so far out of sync that one wonders if we live on the same planet..Published 21 days ago by Chandrakant
A cracker of a book, very well written and the style is extremely engaging.Published 5 months ago by ALI E.ALIREZA
Buy this if you want to enhance your understanding of this important topic.Published 14 months ago by Sandy Hines
A very readable personalized account of the essence of Buddha's outlook on how life should be lived. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Subbu S.Venkatraman
It gave the best example of how Buddhism really developed and what it is today. Powerful and enlightening.Published 16 months ago by Theresa Kleintank
This is a wonderful book and an important one too. So many books on Buddhism are written by people who are steeped in the Dharma. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Laurence L.
Superb book and quick delivery of a good copy. Happy with transaction.Published 23 months ago by Egregious Engineer