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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,790 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Armstrong Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A world-renowned religious thinker contemplates one of the world’s most sacred figures.

Karen Armstrong has been acclaimed for her scholarship and vision. Her rich, timely, highly original portrait of the Buddha explores both the archetypal religious icon and Buddha the man. Armstrong follows the Buddha—born Siddhama Gotama—as he leaves his wife, his young child, and his prominent caste position for a life of spiritual enlightenment.

Following his quest from renunciation to revelation to a wellspring of wisdom, Buddha expands the focus to meditate on its place in the spiritual history of humanity and its special relevance to our own society, as we again face a crisis of faith. It is a profound blend of biography, religion, history, and philosophy that will engage an audience that continues to be fascinated by Buddhism.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Peter Kahn | 2/10/2014

    " Interesting and in-depth view of the life of the Buddha and the age in which Buddhism arose. The two provide an excellent intellectual understanding of Buddism and raise many questions about what drove the axial age which are well worth exploring further. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jo | 2/7/2014

    " Armstrong's specialty is Christianity, and it shows in this biography of the Buddha. In describing Buddhism she often makes comparisons to western religions which I found unhelpful. That being said, Armstrong is a good writer, and the book lays out a basic understanding of the tenets of Buddhism, though I wish more had been presented as to the cultural context of the time. This book wasn't bad, but pick one by a Buddhism expert and read Armstrong's writing on Christianity instead: A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jackie | 2/4/2014

    " I just finished Chapter 2, and then stayed up 1/2 the night journaling my philosophy of life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sriram | 2/1/2014

    " Karen Armstrong writes about the most interesting topics... in the most boring ways. "

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