The Living Buddha: An Interpretive Biography [NOOK Book]

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The Living Buddha is a biography with a double focus. It is a vivid historical narrative based on what is known or can resonably be surmised concerning the Buddha's life and times. It is also an inspiring account of a heroic life dedicated to helping all people free themselves from suffering and futility and attain true peace of mind.
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The Living Buddha: An Interpretive Biography

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Overview

The Living Buddha is a biography with a double focus. It is a vivid historical narrative based on what is known or can resonably be surmised concerning the Buddha's life and times. It is also an inspiring account of a heroic life dedicated to helping all people free themselves from suffering and futility and attain true peace of mind.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781938252136
  • Publisher: Middleway Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2012
  • Series: Soka Gakkai History of Buddhism
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 855,395
  • File size: 825 KB

Meet the Author

Daisaku Ikeda is the author and coauthor of more than 60 books on Buddhism and the founding president and leader of the Soka Gakkai International, one of the largest lay Buddhist organizations in the world. He is the recipient of the United Nations Peace Award, the Rosa Parks Humanitarian Award, and the International Tolerance Award of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Burton Watson is a translator of Chinese and Japanese literature. His translations include Chuang Tzu, The Lotus Sutra, Ryokan, Saigyo, and The Vimalakirti Sutra. He received the PEN Translation Prize in 1981.

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Table of Contents


Preface to the English edition Daisaku Ikeda ix Translator's Note xiii
1 The Young Shakyamuni 1 Shakyamuni 1 Shakyamuni's Names 4 The Shakya Tribe 5 The Historical Setting 7 Shakyamuni's Family 9 Shakyamuni's Early Years 11
2 The Great Departure 15 The Ascetic and Indian Society 20 The Departure and Wanderings 23 The Rise of a New Culture 28 The Six Non-Buddhist Teachers 31
3 The Years of Austrerity 37 The Encounter with King Bimbisara 37 The Two Brahman Hermits 40 The Practice of Austerities 45 The Rejection of Austerities 49
4 The Enlightenment 53 Buddhagaya 53 The Temptation of Mara 55 What Is Englishtenment? 58 The Content of Shakyamuni's Englightenment 61 The Law of Causation 65
5 Shakyamuni the Teacher 69 The Decision To Propagate the Law 69 Turning the Wheel of the Law 71 Shakyamuni's Disciples 76 Preaching at Uruvilva 81
6 The Company of Disciples 87 Shariputra and Maudgalyayana 87 Mahakashyapa 93 Sudatta 96 Shakyamuni's Visit to Kapilavastu 98 Ananda 101 Upali and Aniruddha 103
7 The Growth of the Order 105 The Other Major Disciples 105 The City of Shravasti 108 Management of the Order 115 Devadatta's Revolt 119
8 The Entry into Nirvana 125 The Sad Events of Shakyamuni's Closing Years 125 The Last Journey 129 Chunda the Blacksmith 133 Parinirvana 134 Glossary 137 Index 147
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2000

    The Eternal Light of Buddha

    Buddhism is one of the world's major religions. What is the secret of its vigor some three thousand years after the death of its founder, Shakyamuni? This book, 'The Living Buddha, An Interpretive Biography' seeks to answer that question. Surely essential to a full understanding of the continuing impact of this teaching is a knowledge and appreciation of the life and personality of Shakyamuni himself. Unlike most major religions, Buddhism depends neither on divine revelation nor an incarnation of God for its authenticity. Shakyamuni, the Buddha or 'Enlightened One' was a man who through his own efforts attained enlightenment as to the essential nature of life itself. And for this very reason, his life story is meaningful to us today. 'The Living Buddha' is a biography with a double focus. On the one hand, it is a vivid historical narrative based on what is known of Shakyamuni's life and times. One the other hand, it is the inspiring account of a heroic life dedicated to helping all people free themselves from suffering and futility and attain true peace of mind. In this book, exquisitely written by world-renowned author Daisaku Ikeda, Shakyamuni Buddha emerges as the amazing man he was. Yet, he was only a man; not some superhuman deity, just a man who attained a state of life that, according to his own teachings, is inherent in every one of us. Therein lies his true greatness. Through this book, we see that Shakyamuni Buddha lived in a turbulent period and was confronted with the same kinds of social conflicts and personal problems that we all face. The description of how he conquered these obstacles is what makes for an engrossing and inspiring account, and one that is highly relevant to our lives in these modern times. The author, Daisaku Ikeda, as leader of the world's largest Buddhist organization, Soka Gakkai International, brings unique qualifications to this portrait of Buddha. With this book, as with all of his writings, Mr. Ikeda has once again contributed a profoundly useful tool to those in pursuit of greater Buddhist knowledge.

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