The Buddha

Pages: 288
Series: Beginner's Guides
Imprint: Oneworld
Illustrations: Illustrations

The Buddha

A Beginner's Guide

John Strong

From his many births to his deathbed deeds, this biography unites the Buddha of history with the Buddha of legend in a bid to reveal the lasting spiritual relevance at the heart of the Buddhist tradition.
Paperback
9781851686261 (15 Jan 2009)
RRP £9.99 / US$14.95

The Book

From his many births to his deathbed deeds, this authoritative biography unites the Buddha of history with the Buddha of legend in a bid to reveal the lasting spiritual relevance at the heart of the Buddhist tradition.





Acclaimed scholar John Strong examines not only the historical texts, but also the supernatural accounts that surround this great religious figure, uncovering the roots of many Buddhist beliefs and practices. Accompanied by helpful charts and tables, and drawing on a vast array of primary sources, the text also features such key topics as: biographical accounts from all the Buddhist schools, an analysis of the Buddha's enlightenment, the life of the Buddha as depicted by Buddhist art and rituals, and the relics of Siddhartha Gautama, and how they continue his story, even after his lifetime.

Additional Information

Series Beginner's Guides
Pages 288
Imprint Oneworld
Illustrations Illustrations

About the Author

John S. Strong is Charles A. Dana Professor of Religious Studies at Bates College in Maine, USA. He is the author of four other books on Buddhism.

Reviews

"Furnishes readers curious about the Buddha with a deep and broad introduction to his many lives."

- Booklist