Author: Arundhathi Subramaniam
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0-67-005835-1
Around 2500 years ago, a thirty-five year-old man named Siddhartha had a mystical insight under a peepul tree in north-eastern India, in a place now revered as Bodhgaya. Today, ore than 300 million people across the globe consider themselves beneficiaries of Gautama Buddha's insight and believe that it has irrevocably marked their spiritual commitment and identity.
Who was this man who still remains such a vital figure for the modern-day questor? How did he arrive at the realization that suffering alone exists, but none who suffer; the deed there is, but no doer hereof; Nirvana there is, but no one seeking it; the Path there is, but none who travel in?
The Book of Buddha traces the various stages of the spiritual journey undertaken b y a man who started out as Siddhartha the seeker, achieved understanding as Shakyamuni the sage and attained supremacy as Tathagata the Master - finally reaching transcendence as Jina the Victor when he was transformed into the Buddha and became the Enlightened One.
Combining personal insight with a deep understanding of Buddhist philosophy, Arundhati Subramaniam gives the reader a sensitive and revealing portrait of the Buddha and his role in shaping and transfiguring the course of history. In this passionate and deeply felt rendition of the Buddha's life she explores his enduring impact and affirms that though he promised no quick-fix solutions to life's problems, Buddhism has remained truly democratic because it holds out the promise of self-realization for all.