Today The Buddha is honoured throughout the world as one of the great religious figures in the history of humankind. His greatness lies in his teachings, and in the religious community that he founded, but also in his exemplary life story.
In this authoritative biography, John S. Strong presents that story the way Buddhists have told it – from accounts of his previous lives, and the story of his birth and upbringing, through to his enlightenment, deathbed deeds, and ongoing presence in the relics that he left behind.
Along the way, he explores the roots of key Buddhist beliefs and practices, making this volume not only a useful study of the life of the Buddha, but a helpful introduction to Buddhism as a whole.
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
“Strong’s book is clearly the best available ‘Guide for Beginners’… But it will be of great interest for veteran Buddhist scholars; and for contemporary Buddhist practitioners as well.” Frank Reynolds – Professor Emeritus of History of Religions and Buddhist Studies, University of Chicago
“Among the many biographies of the Buddha available to the general reader, John Strong’s remains the best. It draws from a vast body of sources with sensitivity and insight to paint a fascinating portrait of a towering figure.” Donald S. Lopez – Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies, University of Michigan
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