The Life of the Buddha: According to the Pali Canon
BPS Pariyatti Editions, Jan 1, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 377 pages
Composed entirely of texts from the Pali canon, this unique biography presents the oldest authentic record of the Buddha’s life and revolutionary philosophy. The ancient texts are rendered here in a language marked by lucidity and dignity, and a framework of narrators and voices connect the canonical texts. Vivid recollections of his personal attendant Ananda and other disciples bring the reader into the Buddha’s presence, where his example offers profound inspiration and guidance on the path to freedom.
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The Birth and the Early Years
The Struggle for Enlightenment
After the Enlightenment
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