Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment

Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment

by Deepak Chopra
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Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment by Deepak Chopra

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061807138
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Series: Enlightenment Collection , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 28,093
File size: 750 KB

About the Author

Deepak Chopra, M.D., is the author of more than eighty books translated into over forty-three languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers in both fiction and nonfiction categories.


La Jolla, California

Date of Birth:

October 22, 1946

Place of Birth:

New Delhi, India


All India Institute of Medical Sciences

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Buddha 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 707 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Knowing almost nothing about Buddha, I was surprised how exciting this novel is. I enjoyed it immensely and found it fun AND enlightening. You do not have to be interested in becoming a buddhist to enjoy this exciting, almost fairy tale-like novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, the path to finding your true self within. If you have an open mind then this book is for you.
wookietim More than 1 year ago
I rarely give five star reviews... usually the best I do is four. And I came at this skeptically because of the touchy feely repuation of the author. I was wrong. This is an absolutely incredible book.
gettin_picky More than 1 year ago
I had trouble getting into this book but after I got into it I really enjoyed it. Not having any real knowledge of who Buddha was except that there was a religion based on his teachings I really liked that the author took what is known about Buddha and made it into a novel that was educational and interesting (I know that should have been one or two sentences but I've been taking down Christmas decorations and I'm tired). Obviously it's fiction so the book is not 100% true to his life but after researching more about Buddha after finishing the book I found that the author didn't really change to much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great historical look in an interesting format.
gleyshull More than 1 year ago
Best telling of the Buddha story I've read. Read it while traveling through Thailand and it was perfect complement to what I was seeing and experiencing.
ZBDO More than 1 year ago
I attended Catholic school for thirteen years and, as a result, I'm not very religious. I also have never considered myself a particularly spiritual individual. This book, while a fictionalized account of the life of Siddhartha Gautama, made me really want to investigate Buddhism. Deepak Chopra, while not famed for being a novelist, demonstrates a compelling way with words. His prose feels heightened without being flowery or ornate. You can approach this book as a novel, a spiritual treatise, or a mix of both. You are in good hands with Chopra and the experience will move you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I have only mediocre knowledge of the story of Buddha but always had a yearning to discover it. I was interested the entire way through and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great story. I had thought it would be focused on spirituality but Deepak Chopra does an excellent job of creating a story of it!
Pegasus777 More than 1 year ago
Very well written, good job Mr. Chopra! I feel as though I was beside Siddhartha, on his Journey to understanding himself and his Quest for "Nirvana/Buddha"! I will recommend this excellent read!
Anonymous 6 months ago
He did an unbelievably job at creating Buddha's life. Interesting, eye-opening at times, all around lovely job.
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I enjoyed this book because it was the telling of a story. The reader met the characters and had the opportunity to like and dislike them. I felt I learned something without having Buddhism shoved down my throat. I would have given this 5 stars had the book ended with the story and references to seek more information rather than including the questions and answers which weren't a novel anymore.
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