Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment

Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment

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by Deepak Chopra
     
 

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Deepak Chopra brings the Buddha back to life in this gripping New York Times bestselling novel about 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.

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Deepak Chopra brings the Buddha back to life in this gripping New York Times bestselling novel about 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 y those closest to him, Siddhartha abandons his palace and princely title. 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 will, 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 captivates and inspires—ultimately leading us closer to understanding the true nature of life and ourselves.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Eastern philosophy popularizer and mind-body pioneer Chopra has done novels before, and critics have not found fiction his long suit. That should change with this tale of how the Indian prince Siddhartha came to be the enlightened one, the Buddha. The subject is tailor-made for Chopra. He can draw on what he's familiar with: the ancient Indian culture that shaped the historic personage of the Buddha, and the powers of mind that meditation harnesses. Although the novel begins a little slowly with exposition and character introduction, once the character of the Buddha is old enough to occupy center stage, Chopra simply portrays the natural internal conflict experienced by any human seeking spiritual wisdom and transformation. Centered on a single character, the narrative moves forward simply and inexorably. Especially imaginative and intriguing is the low-key nature of the Buddha's enlightenment experience. In case Chopra's fans want something more direct, an epilogue and concluding "practical guide" offer nonfiction commentary and teaching on core Buddhist principles. Chopra thanks a film director friend for sparking the project, and the novel has clear cinematic potential. This fast and easy-to-read book teaches without being didactic. Chopra scores a fiction winner. (May)

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Library Journal
Once you get past the marketing package (got enlightenment?), what remains here is a fictionalized versionof the Buddha story. Famed New Age guru Chopra presents Buddha's journey from Siddhartha the prince to Gautama the monk and on to enlightenment, with half of the book spent on the tale of Siddhartha's. More mythic fable than biography, this story is filled with imagined details and dialog combined with legend, fantasy, and the supernatural. Chopra's goal of bringing Buddha's story to the mainstream may be hard for some to swallow, as there is so much less focus on the teachings than the life, as it is fantastically presented here. Only in the epilog are some of those connections made clearer. Given Chopra's following and a major media push, this book will be in demand, but it may be one that people talk about more than read. Recommended for where there is interest in Chopra's writings.
—Nancy Almand
People
“Chopra’s engaging novel has the over-the-top appeal of a TV extravaganza like Rome...”
Booklist
“The Buddha’s story is compelling and… Chopra captures the essence of the spiritual seeker.”
Wayne Dyer
“A page turning masterpiece. This book is destined to become a classic.”
Brian Grazer
“Essential reading for anyone curious about the foundations of Buddhism.”
Peter Guber
“An adventure in enlightenment with all the twists and turns of a great movie.”
Ken Wilber
“A wonderful novelization of the greatest adventure you will ever undertake....”
People Magazine
"Chopra’s engaging novel has the over-the-top appeal of a TV extravaganza like Rome..."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061807138
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/13/2009
Series:
Enlightenment Collection , #1
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
122,710
File size:
1 MB

What People are saying about this

"The Buddha's story is compelling and...Chopra captures the essence of the spiritual seeker." -- Booklist

"A page turning masterpiece. To me, this is Deepak's story telling at its best. The telling of one of the greatest stories ever in a fashion that will make the Buddha come alive for the reader. I couldn't put it down. I now feel as if I have met the Buddha and he is in all of us who search for our own greatness. This book is destined to become a classic, I guarantee it." -- Wayne Dyer, author of The Power of Intention

"BUDDHA is unlike anything Deepak has ever written before. A timeless story retold by one of the most inspiring spiritual guides of our era, it is essential reading for anyone curious about the foundations of Buddhism." -- Brian Grazer, Oscar award-winning producer of A Beautiful Mind, Emmy-winning producer of 24

"Deepak Chopra crafts his BUDDHA in an astonishing narrative, a veritable literary feast engaging every color of the bouquet of human experience. With dramatic precision and inspired literary artistry he transports us on an adventure in enlightenment with all the twists and turns of a great movie." -- Peter Guber, Chairman of Mandalay Entertainment, producer of Batman, Rainman, and The Color Purple and host of AMC's Sunday Morning Shootout "From prince to fully awakened being we enter the mythic life of the Great Lord Buddha painted in primary colors on a canvas so fresh and unpretentious that we can sit and contemplate the essence of this ultimate spiritual adventure. Bravo Deepak!" - James O'Dea, President, Institute of Noetic Sciences "Outstanding! Deepak's creative and dramatic retelling of Buddha's life is proof, that, when it comes to conveying spiritual verities, fiction can be more true than fact." - Arvind Sharma, Birks Professor of Comparative Religion McGill University

Wayne Dyer
“A page turning masterpiece. This book is destined to become a classic.”
Ken Wilber
“A wonderful novelization of the greatest adventure you will ever undertake....”
Peter Guber
“An adventure in enlightenment with all the twists and turns of a great movie.”
Brian Grazer
“Essential reading for anyone curious about the foundations of Buddhism.”

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