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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,029 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Deepak Chopra Narrator: Deepak Chopra Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2007 ISBN: 9781423312307
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“The Buddha was as mortal as you and I, yet he attained enlightenment and was raised to the rank of an immortal. The miracle is that he got there following a heart as human as yours and mine, and just as vulnerable.” —from the Introduction

Bestselling author Deepak Chopra brings the Buddha back to life in this gripping account of the young prince who abandoned his inheritance to discover his true calling. This iconic journey changed the world forever, and the truths revealed continue to influence every corner of the globe today.

A young man in line for the throne is trapped in his father’s kingdom and yearns for the outside world. Betrayed by those closest to him, Siddhartha abandons his palace and princely title. Finally alone and face-to-face with his demons, he becomes a wandering monk and embarks on a spiritual fast that carries him to the brink of death. Ultimately recognizing his inability to conquer his body and mind by sheer force, Siddhartha transcends his physical pain and achieves enlightenment.

Although we recognize Buddha today as an icon of peace and serenity, his life story was a tumultuous and spellbinding affair filled with love and sex, murder and loss, struggle and surrender. From the rocky terrain of the material world to the summit of the spiritual one, Buddha entertains and inspires—ultimately leading us closer to understanding the true nature of life and ourselves.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendra | 2/17/2014

    " Hesse's Siddhartha it's not. But it is a good read. Always good to think about the journey of enlightenment. This puts a chosen one spin on the tale, and gives internal process focus. A more modern telling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 2/13/2014

    " I am a big Deepak fan and really enjoy this - interesting background "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mario Amarillas | 2/13/2014

    " beautiful book one of my best friend give it to me ad it really enlighten me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 2/10/2014

    " This wasn't what I wanted it to be, and so I'm not sure I could recommend it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 2/6/2014

    " Having a hard time finishing this book. I like the story once I start listening to it (I have an audio version), just never grabs me. Maybe I'm not very enlightened. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ariane | 2/5/2014

    " i suspect it's even harder to fictionalize buddha's life than it is Jesus'. It snuck up on me: surprisingly engaging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 1/27/2014

    " It was a free book on my Nook so i thought why not, and it was a pleasant surprise! I recommend this to everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keani | 1/21/2014

    " Buku yang kulihat di Gramed dan tanpa mikir langsung beli, berharap bisa mencerahkan sekaligus cari tahu siapa sih Gautama. Secara... aku ini inlander malas (thanks for the new nickname, Pakde he he he...), aku harus dipecut dulu untuk bikin review. Tapi sampai sekarang belum selesai baca itu buku 'coz taksambi baca buku-buku yang lainnya. Jadi sabar ya he he he... Dikit lagi :-) Nov 2, 2008 (9:24pm). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Don | 1/11/2014

    " A great fictionalized version of the Buddha's life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 12/28/2013

    " "Story" of Buddha. Entertaining way of learning about Buddha "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Selene | 12/28/2013

    " I cannot get through this crap. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 12/23/2013

    " This was a great story. It kept me drawn in and on the edge of my seat at times. A wonderful imagining of what Buddha's life might have been like. After the story, there is a wonderful guide to Buddhism in laymen's terms. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hallie LeBlanc | 12/11/2013

    " A fictional read on the life of the Buddha. Interesting - easy... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 11/25/2013

    " Pretty well-written fictionalized account of the life of the Buddha. Certainly worth reading if you'd like to know more about the man but have a hard time reading history books. Doesn't teach a lot about Buddhist philosophy -- so don't go looking for deep truths here -- but as fiction, it's not bad. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 10/27/2013

    " Even if I love buddism stuff and the eternal search of Nirvana, the novel was really boring and slow. What I can say is that I won't read a Chopra's novel in a loooooong time. Not a book I would recommend if you want to get to know more about this practice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Siri | 7/16/2013

    " Great book, everyone should read!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yvan | 6/5/2013

    " A great account of an incredible journey. Could not put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drew | 5/30/2013

    " A cool perspective on the Buddha's life. I don't think I can fairly consider myself a buddhist because I don't practice anything, but I find his inspiring story human. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonya Bolek | 1/18/2013

    " Read this to learn more about Buddhist traditions...loved it, what a fabulous and inspiring story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cari | 12/17/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. I wish it was a little more clear about fact vs. fiction, but I understand that he did what he had to do to "flesh out" the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beez Beasley | 10/27/2012

    " Have never read much on Buddha, so this was a bit "enlightening"! :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachelle | 7/10/2012

    " Interesting re-telling. (A bit Hollywood, but that's Chopra). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bill | 4/9/2012

    " Not what I was expecting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica | 3/2/2012

    " Personally, I found it difficult to finish, not because of how the author wrote ithe book but because I just felt it hard to continue reading how much Buddha put himself through. I began to think he was a bit nuts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole Burbank | 2/28/2012

    " I liked it! I am interested in learning more about Buddhism. If anyone knows of any good books on the topic, let me know! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 hollie | 2/14/2012

    " my book club's latest selection. i get very nervous when any kind of "spirituality" book is suggested to me...but...so far...this is ok. deepak's first try at fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emmett | 8/15/2011

    " Deepak Chopra recounts the life of Siddhartha before he was the Buddha. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony | 6/4/2011

    " Awesome book! Very similar in many ways to Siddhartha by Herman Hess. This novel is a great intro to Buddhism and who Buddha was before he became enlightened. This journey to enlightenment is inspirational and a great example to follow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 5/31/2011

    " Although I would list myself in the criteria of Christianity, I found I wanted to learn where Buddhism started. This book shows where the story of a man that became Buddha - not by changing his name but changing how he lived and saw the world. It was interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryan | 4/20/2011

    " The majority of the book is about Siddhartha before he leaves the palace. A good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yvan | 4/17/2011

    " A great account of an incredible journey. Could not put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Legustafson | 4/12/2011

    " I guess I need to think about becoming a buddhist...right up there with Herman Hesse's Siddhartha. Extremely well written. In life there is suffering, but I guess I had the right idea, misery is optional. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 3/16/2011

    " An easy and entertaining explanation of an otherwise enigma for the most part, in our society. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 3/16/2011

    " This was a great read. As someone who's very interested in Buddhism it helped my understanding of the Buddhist philosophy by presenting it in a story form as Chopra did here. Reading this made me want to explore Buddhism and the life of Buddha even more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 3/11/2011

    " It was a free book on my Nook so i thought why not, and it was a pleasant surprise! I recommend this to everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 2/18/2011

    " I like how this book broke down the various aspects of the Buddha struggle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 2/6/2011

    " Interesting and well written for the most part. Gets a bit dramatic in the end....I am not sure how close to the "facts" this is either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wit, Wisdom, Books & Wine ~ | 2/2/2011

    " an elaborated version of the story of Sidartha. I enjoyed this book and found it to be a very interesting read, especially for those who want to know the story of the Buddha. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corey | 1/30/2011

    " Awesome!!! I don't think anyone could have pulled it off like deepak did... I wasn't reading a book- I was living it and seeing the potential movie ;) "

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Author Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra is the founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Carlsbad, California, and is acknowledged as one of the master teachers of Eastern philosophy in the Western world. He has written over sixty books and has been a bestselling author for decades, with more than a dozen titles on the New York Times bestseller lists, including Buddha and Jesus.