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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala (Feb. 15 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570625514
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570625510
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,587,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A wonderful account of The Buddha's earliest traditions that are deeply rooted in Hiduism. The book presents the story in a very straightforward path from prelife to death. Not an introduction to Buddhism itself but simply the stories surrounding the man who was its source. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the most ancient stories of The Buddha.
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This is an excellent book. Much better for eg. than Paul Carus' Gospel of the Buddha, a perennial bestseller, though it hasn't sold much here. Don't be fooled by the low sales. Kohn manages to convey in extremely readable English, the poetry of the Buddha's life from what is evidently extensive research of the original sources. This is not a book about the Buddha's philosophy, though the when, how and what of his enlightenment is amply covered. It is primarily an account of his life, a biography, and in that, an excellent one. One gets a sense of his life, as also of the times in which he lived. The mythical contexts come alive in a way that one rarely sees, particularly the quaint world-space of the time. All the Buddha's major disciples and those with whom he had significant interactions are covered extensively. The most important thing about this book and what may be seen as it's only limitation is that it is not a scholarly work, but an introduction for the curious seeker.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
A highly readable and inspiring historical account May 25 2000
By gavin_f@bigfoot.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book. Much better for eg. than Paul Carus' Gospel of the Buddha, a perennial bestseller, though it hasn't sold much here. Don't be fooled by the low sales. Kohn manages to convey in extremely readable English, the poetry of the Buddha's life from what is evidently extensive research of the original sources. This is not a book about the Buddha's philosophy, though the when, how and what of his enlightenment is amply covered. It is primarily an account of his life, a biography, and in that, an excellent one. One gets a sense of his life, as also of the times in which he lived. The mythical contexts come alive in a way that one rarely sees, particularly the quaint world-space of the time. All the Buddha's major disciples and those with whom he had significant interactions are covered extensively. The most important thing about this book and what may be seen as it's only limitation is that it is not a scholarly work, but an introduction for the curious seeker.
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Not a history book......but then again, it doesn't try to be June 12 2004
By nico_laos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A wonderful account of The Buddha's earliest traditions that are deeply rooted in Hiduism. The book presents the story in a very straightforward path from prelife to death. Not an introduction to Buddhism itself but simply the stories surrounding the man who was its source. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the most ancient stories of The Buddha.
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A life changing book for me Sept. 22 2012
By P. G. Thornell - Published on Amazon.com
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When I was 19, and this book was still called The Awakened One, I found it in a used book store in Boston. It was my entry point into the Buddhist practice I've continued now for 22 years. I've read several life stories of the Buddha over the years, but this is still my favorite. And being able to have it with me wherever I go on my Kindle is a joy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Very good scholarly work, easy to read and informative March 31 2010
By TT WPB FL - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a short, well-written text that covers the major events of the Buddha's life. It's very informative and precise, but not pedantic.
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By Mary Kess - Published on Amazon.com
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I was looking for a book that tells the story of the Buddha in a simple narrative style, accurately but readable. This one had potential but was sparse.

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