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The Life of Buddha

Though born a prince surrounded by luxuries, Gotama Buddha was transformed when he realized that no one escapes unhappiness or suffering.

He found, and for the remainder of his life taught, the answer to the great question: "Is there a way out of this cycle?” The Life of the Buddha not only illustrates how to walk on the path to freedom; it offers us profound inspiration and guidance for doing so.

This book is also a fine introduction to the Pali Canon. The Theravadin tradition of Buddhism, whose scriptures are preserved in the Pali Canon, is considered by modern scholars to be the most authentic representation of the teachings spoken by the actual Buddha. Since a chronological sequence in the Canon is far from explicit, the work is then intended to be as accurate a presentation of the Buddha's life as could be drawn out from the existing materials.