Gautama Buddha: The Life and Teachings of the Awakened One (Paperback)

Vishvapani

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Weaving ancient sources and modern understanding into a compelling narrative, Gautama Buddha places his birth around 484 BCE, his Enlightenment in 449 BCE and his death in 404 BCE, a century later than the traditional dates. Vishvapani examines Gautama’s words and impact to shed fresh light on his culture, his spiritual search and the experiences and teachings that led his followers to call him ‘The Awakened One’.

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Gautama Buddha: The Life and Teachings of the Awakened One
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Vishvapani

This insightful and thought-provoking biography will appeal to anyone interested in the Buddha, not only as the Enlightened individual and spiritual teacher, but also as a seminal cultural figure. Gautama Buddha is a gripping account of one of history’s most powerful personalities.

The words and example of Gautama (often known by the title, ‘Buddha’) have affected billions of people. But what do we really know about him? While there is much we cannot say for certain about the historical Gautama, this persuasive new biography provides the fullest and most plausible account yet.

Weaving ancient sources and modern understanding into a compelling narrative, Gautama Buddha places his birth around 484 BCE, his Enlightenment in 449 BCE and his death in 404 BCE, a century later than the traditional dates. Vishvapani examines Gautama’s words and impact to shed fresh light on his culture, his spiritual search and the experiences and teachings that led his followers to call him ‘The Awakened One’. Placing Gautama in a credible historical setting without assuming that he was really just an ordinary person, this book draws on the myths and legends that surround him to illuminate the significance of his life. It traces Gautama’s investigations of consciousness, his strikingly original view of life and his development of new forms of religious community and practice.

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Master of clarity and simplicity, Vishvapani presents through the life of Buddha an understanding of Buddhism of immense relevance to the way we live now - Dorothy Rowe, author of Beyond Fear and Depression: The Way Out of Your Prison

Blomfield's ambitious full-length biography of Gautama Buddha--the source and voice of one of the world's leading religions--is expertly delivered by narrator Jonathan Keeble. The epic tale is unique in that it relays both the main teachings of Buddhism as presented in the Discourses, as well as background information from historians and scholars. This is a tale that listeners can settle into and become fully absorbed in--much like meditation itself. - Jonathan Keeble © AudioFile 2016