Book Review: Buddha by Karen Armstrong

26 Nov

BuddhaBuddha by Karen Armstrong
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Armstrong manages to crystallize the disjointed fragments of mythology and history into a coherent powerful narrative. The story progresses without many digressions and mythic overtones and the reader manages to get a rare glimpse into the character, the aspirations, the struggles and the real journey taken by Buddha – the Man; not Buddha – the God.

That is the real achievement of this book: the fact that Armstrong has managed to make the reader feel for and with Gautama as if he were a fellow traveler.

The philosophy is not heavy and is interspersed throughout the text, thus making it very accessible and also easy to comprehend due to the contextual nature in which these tenets appear. Armstrong makes sure that the wisdom, the philosophy and the doctrine is passed on to us in the same linear path as Buddha experienced it or conveyed to his followers.

This gradual hand holding that the author does with us helps us ease into the Buddhist way of life and thinking and leaves us with a profound sense of understanding and longing for this amazing path that promises so much and demands so much.

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Posted by on November 26, 2011 in Book Reviews, Books, Thoughts


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12 responses to “Book Review: Buddha by Karen Armstrong

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  2. shankyz

    December 1, 2011 at 16:48

    Dude, Don;t know if you have taken LTL. Do read Siddhartha by Herman Hesse. A good read as well πŸ™‚


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    January 31, 2012 at 02:53

    Buddhism, largely based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, is the fourth largest world religion.


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  9. checkmatewithwords

    July 19, 2012 at 10:40

    I’ve been meaning to read it for quite a while as ‘Siddhartha Gautam’ is one of my idols in life. Besides, its one of those books recommended to me by Goodreads and your review certainly pushes me to pursue it as soon as I finish reading ‘A Prayer for Owen Meany’.


    • SuperTramP

      July 19, 2012 at 11:31

      Have you read Hesse’s Siddhartha? Do read it first before you pick this up…



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