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Book Title: Buddha|
The author of the book: Deepak Chopra
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Reader ratings: 6.3
Edition: Harper Collins Publishers India
Date of issue: May 1st 2007
ISBN 13: 9788172236793
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 22.24 MB
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A fascinating, readable fictionalized account of Buddha's life, conveniently broken into three sections: prince, monk, Buddha. We learn that Buddha's mission was to conquer fear and desire and live in total freedom - and that this was his calling from an early age. We learn that he gave up the life of prince and husband and father to live alone in the mountains - and survived an encounter with an enraged serial killer in the woods by simply walking away. We learn that Buddha avoided thinking in opposites like good and evil so he could live without judgment - and that he could walk through battles and with his presence and a few words, get all the soldiers to drop their weapons.
I'm drawn to studying Buddha precisely because he was a real person, precisely because he gave up everything to understand the true roots of suffering and then have compassion. The book held my interest in the parts of it where the Buddha wasn't performing miracles in order to move the plot along.
I'm sure the publisher required the author to keep the book to about 200 pages. Yet I probably would have read it more quickly had it been twice as long. Buddha as a human being living a long, varied and challenging life would have been more compelling.
Yet there was a lot to learn here, and "Buddha" would make a solid introductory primer for teens/college students or anyone who is interested in a belief system that has the potential to be ingrained into any of the world's faiths or non-faiths, to be a positive force in anyone's life to whatever degree they choose. The book has excellent (though again, too short) 'Epilogue' and 'The Art of Non-Doing' chapters in the back that explain many important aspects of Buddhism, including mindfulness and meditation.
The big point from the book is that Buddha was not afraid of death. Because he believed that human beings are continually reincarnated, the bigger challenges are overcoming desire, fear and judgment in order to be free and open. This whether death is near or, so far, avoided.
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Read information about the authorDeepak Chopra, MD serves as the Founder and Chairman of The Chopra Foundation, and Co-Founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing.
As a global leader and pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine, Chopra transforms the way the world views physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social wellness. Known as a prolific author of eighty books books with twenty-two New York Times best sellers in both fiction and non-fiction, his works have been published in more than forty-three languages.
Chopra’s medical training is in internal medicine and endocrinology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. Dr. Chopra serves as Co-Founder and Chairman of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing, Founder of The Chopra Well on YouTube, Adjunct Professor of Executive Programs at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School, Columbia University, Assistant Clinical Professor, in the Family and Preventive Medicine Department at the University of California, San Diego, Health Sciences, Faculty at Walt Disney Imagineering, and Senior Scientist with The Gallup Organization.
GlobeIn acknowledges Chopra as "one of top ten most influential spiritual leaders around the world." TIME magazine has described Dr. Chopra as "one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century and credits him as "the poet-prophet of alternative medicine."
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