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The Life of Buddha and Its Lessons Hardcover – 1 January 2017
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A life of luxury. Siddhartha Gautama was born around the year 580 BCE in the village of Lumbini in Nepal. He was born into a royal family, and his privileged life insulated him from the sufferings of life; sufferings such as sickness, age and death.
Discovering cruel reality. One day, after growing up, marrying and having a child, Siddhartha went outside the royal enclosure where he lived. When he went outside he saw, each for the first time, an old man, a sick man, and a corpse. This greatly disturbed him, and he learned that sickness, age, and death were the inevitable fate of human beings - a fate no-one could avoid.
Becoming a holy man. Siddhartha had also seen a monk, and he decided this was a sign that he should leave his protected royal life and live as a homeless holy man. Siddhartha's travels showed him much more of the the suffering of the world. He searched for a way to escape the inevitability of death, old age and pain first by studying with religious men. This didn't provide him with an answer.
Hope it wouldn't be a waste of time reading this book as it would be helpful to enrich our minds with a handful of words.
Cheap source can never be good.
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It seems to be the background musings and interpretations of life for all religions.
I'm the original anti religion guy , I totally abhor the concept of organised religious control by some twerp who claims to be able to see the kings fine clothes. Which is a childrens story about idiots conning idiots till a child comes along and says get real ...stop lying , there is nothing there .
This book contains some of the concepts & principles that have brought man from being a fierce caveman into being able to live together in communities that help support each other to the common good . It's the one thing that not only stands the test of time , nothing better has been invented to better it.
You don't need religion to practice these concepts either , I've been a caveman practicing them and didn't realize it .
Now thanks to the author you too can develop you mind and heart.
However it just isn't really about the life of Buddha. It is more about the views of the author. As an introduction or as an explanatory text, it doesn't do a very good job.
I still thought that it was a worthwhile read and I did find it interesting and got something out of it. It is short and though it introduces many concepts that can be a little hard to get your head around it is written in a pretty easy to understand style.
I am glad that I downloaded and read this book.
Gave me a little bit of info, but I was looking for more. I will carry on.
One point that struck me. He quotes Edwin Arnold saying 'It is 2500 years since humanity put forth such a flower.' I beg to differ. I reckon the man Jesus, without all the add-ons like virgin birth, was an even brighter 'flower'.
Having said that, I think Edwin Arnold's book The Light of Asia is excellent.