Buddha

Buddha

By Karen Armstrong

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143034360, 240pp.

Publication Date: September 28, 2004

Description
With such bestsellers as "A History of God and Islam," Karen Armstrong has consistently delivered ?penetrating, readable, and prescient? ("The New York Times") works that have lucidly engaged a wide range of religions and religious issues. In "Buddha" she turns to a figure whose thought is still reverberating throughout the world 2,500 years after his death.

Many know the Buddha only from seeing countless serene, iconic images. But what of the man himself and the world he lived in? What did he actually do in his roughly eighty years on earth that spawned one of the greatest religions in world history? Armstrong tackles these questions and more by examining the life and times of the Buddha in this engrossing philosophical biography. Against the tumultuous cultural background of his world, she blends history, philosophy, mythology, and biography to create a compelling and illuminating portrait of a man whose awakening continues to inspire millions.



About the Author
Karen Armstrong is the bestselling author of The Case for God, among other books. A powerful voice for ecumenical understanding, she was instrumental in creating, launching and propagating the Charter for Compassion, a global, multifaith cooperative effort to restore compassionate thinking and action to the center of religious, moral and political life.


Praise For Buddha

[Armstrong] offers a frequently inspiring look at this exemplary life... Invaluable. (Los Angeles Times)