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Buddha, Volume 1: Kapilavastu
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Buddha, Volume 1: Kapilavastu

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by Osamu Tezuka, Vertical Inc.
 

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ISBN-10: 193223456X

ISBN-13: 9781932234565

Pub. Date: 05/02/2006

Publisher: Vertical, Incorporated

Osamu Tezuka’s vaunted storytelling genius, consummate skill at visual expression, and warm humanity blossom fully in his eight-volume epic of Siddhartha’s life and times. Tezuka evidences his profound grasp of the subject by contextualizing the Buddha’s ideas; the emphasis is on movement, action, emotion, and conflict as the prince Siddhartha

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Osamu Tezuka’s vaunted storytelling genius, consummate skill at visual expression, and warm humanity blossom fully in his eight-volume epic of Siddhartha’s life and times. Tezuka evidences his profound grasp of the subject by contextualizing the Buddha’s ideas; the emphasis is on movement, action, emotion, and conflict as the prince Siddhartha runs away from home, travels across India, and questions Hindu practices such as ascetic self-mutilation and caste oppression. Rather than recommend resignation and impassivity, Tezuka’s Buddha predicates enlightenment upon recognizing the interconnectedness of life, having compassion for the suffering, and ordering one’s life sensibly. Philosophical segments are threaded into interpersonal situations with ground-breaking visual dynamism by an artist who makes sure never to lose his readers’ attention.

Tezuka himself was a humanist rather than a Buddhist, and his magnum opus is not an attempt at propaganda. Hermann Hesse’s novel or Bertolucci’s film is comparable in this regard; in fact, Tezuka’s approach is slightly irreverent in that it incorporates something that Western commentators often eschew, namely, humor.

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ISBN-13:
9781932234565
Publisher:
Vertical, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/02/2006
Series:
Buddha Series , #1
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
313,343
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.15(d)
Age Range:
13 Years

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Buddha, Volume 1: Kapilavastu 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy to read, and understand. I have read 7 others in this same series since I purchased and read this one and find Osamu Tezuka to be very educational and funny. If you are interested in learning and understanding Buddhism in a interesting and comical sense a must read.