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The Living Buddha - An Interpretive Biography - Soka Gakkai History of Buddhism Series

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The Living Buddha - An Interpretive Biography
Author: Daisaku Ikeda
Translator: Burton Watson
An intimate portrayal of one of history's most important and obscure figures, the Buddha, this chronicle reveals him not as a mystic, but a warm and engaged human being that was very much the product of his turbulent times. This biographical account traces the path of Siddhartha Gautama as he walked away from the pleasure palace that had been his home and joined a growing force of wandering monks, ultimately making his way towards enlightenment beneath the bodhi tree, and spending the next 45 years sharing his insights along the banks of the Ganges. The Buddhist canon is expertly harvested to provide insight into the Buddha's inner life and to grant a better understanding of how he came to play his pivotal role as founder of one of the world's largest religions.
The Living Buddha is the first volume in the Soka Gakkai History of Buddhism series. The second volume entitled The First Milennium traces the development of Buddhism in India in the centuries following the death of its founder. The third volume entitled The Flower of Chinese Buddhism chronicles the history of how Buddhism came to China, brought by traders and monks via the silk road, and how distinct Chinese schools of Buddhist thought came to be established, including the Tiantai school, which would later have a profound impact in Japan.
Paperback - 9" x 6" - 162 pages
Published by Middleway Press

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