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A world-renowned religious thinker contemplates one of the world's most sacred figuresKaren Armstrong has been acclaimed for her scholarship and vision, in works The New York Times Book Review calls "penetrating, readable and prescient. "Her rich, timely, highly original portrait of the Buddha explores both the archetypal religious icon and Buddha the man. Armstrong follows the Buddha--born Siddhama Gotama--as he leaves his wife, his young child, and his prominent caste position for a life of spiritual enlightenment.Following his quest from renunciation to revelation to a wellspring of wisdom, Buddha expands the focus to meditate on its place in the spiritual history of humanity and its special relevance to our own society, as we again face a crisis of faith. It is a profound blend of biography, religion, history, and philosophy that will engage an audience that continues to be fascinated by Buddhism.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2001.
ISBN: 9780670891931
Branch Call Number: 294.363/ARMS
Characteristics: 204p. 20cm.


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Oct 06, 2019

" The Buddha was always quite clear that the DHAMMA could not be understood by rational thinking alone." "Without the Meditation and Morality prescribed by the Buddha, THE TRUTH remains as abstract as a musical score appears to the layman." "One 9th century master, who founded the Lin-Chi line of Zen, went so far as to say, ' If you meet the Buddha, kill the Buddha!' " "If there is anything novel in the Buddha's teaching, it is the 4th Truth, a method he called 'the eightfold noble path.' It's eight components have been rationalized into a three-fold plan of action: morality, meditation, and wisdom." " ' No sudden perception of the ultimate truth.' " PARINIBBANA

Sep 17, 2019

"The holy life has been lived out to its conclusion! What had to be done has been accomplished: there is nothing left to do!"-the Buddha
Karen Armstrong is one of our foremost religious scholars and writers; she has written books about Islam, Christianity, religion and violence, and St. Paul. This relatively short book is part of the Penguin Lives series, in which well-known authors write about well-known figures (e.g., Jane Smiley on Dickens). Armstrong writes both about the historical Buddha, about whom not much is known, and about the rise and evolution of Buddhism, aka every celebrity's favorite religion. It's a good overview, even if you don't really believe in religion or the value of disengagement from the world. Just remember: life is suffering.


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