A fascinating and illuminating visual biography of one of the greatest spiritual teachers from India – the buddha contains a selection of writings from Buddhist scriptures and ancient texts. Tom Morgan, editor of the widely acclaimed book on the Dalai Lama – counterbalances them with excerpts from literary classics like Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha, scholarly accounts by Buddhist monks, and an extract from a sensational interview with William Parker, a death-row prisoner’s conversion to Buddhism as he awaits his sentence of execution at the Arkansas Prison System. The book also contains a brilliantly written essay that separates the grain from the chaff surrounding the Buddha’s enlightenment by Karen Armstrong, a well-known religious scholar. Plus an intensely personal experience of a 20-year old young american boy’s encounter, in a narrow dusty lane, with the Buddha.
This brilliant visual biography is embellished with absolutely gorgeous photographs of the art and architecture inspired by Buddhism – the world over. Exquisitely photographed by Glen Alison and lavishly presented in this authoritative book on the Buddha.
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