While many accounts of the Buddha's life mix legend and history, this compelling new biography discriminates between fact and fiction to reveal Gautama, the remarkable human being behind the myth, and sheds new light on his teachings.
Plunging us into the noises, smells and jostling streets of Gautama's world, Vishvapani Blomfield brings the Buddha to life as a passionate and determined individual - a strikingly modern figure who rejected contemporary beliefs and found his own answers by mastering his mind. Even after he gained enlightenment and became the Buddha (the "Awakened One"), Gautama experienced struggles as well as triumphs as he trod India's dusty paths.
Vishvapani shows how he sought to establish a community of practitioners amid his society's divided culture and perilous politics and how the ideas that became the Buddhist teachings grew from Gautama's efforts to address the needs and beliefs of his listeners. Drawing on years of meticulous research into original sources, Gautama Buddha takes us to within touching distance of one of history's greatest figures.
©2011 Vishvapani Blomfield (P)2015 Ukemi Productions Ltd
"Master of clariety and simplicity, Vishvapani presents throught the life of the Buddha an understanding of Buddhism of immense relevance to the way we live now." (Dorothy Rowe)
I never written a review before but this book captivated me from the start.
A wonderful story brought to life by Jonathan Keeble.
I've gained a deeper understanding of the roots of Buddhism, of peace, love and joyful wisdom.
I couldn't put it down. It was vivid and informative and pleasure to listen to all the way through.
Out of my 152 audio books this is the best one I've listened to so far.
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