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Baker & Taylor
A portrait of the Buddha explores his identities both as an archetypal religious icon and as a man, chronicling his journey from his decision to leave a life of ease and power to his attainment of spiritual enlightenment.

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The author of The Battle for God and other works on religion focuses her attention on the Buddha, retracing his life from prince to savior of humankind.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2001
ISBN: 9780670891931
Branch Call Number: 294.36 AR
Characteristics: xxix, 205 p. : map ; 20 cm


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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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