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While many accounts of the Buddha’s life mix legend and history, this compelling new biography discriminates between fact and fiction to reveal Gautama, the remarkable human being behind the myth, and sheds new light on his teachings.

Plunging us into the noises, smells and jostling streets of Gautama’s world, Vishvapani Blomfield brings the Buddha to life as a passionate and determined individual - a strikingly modern figure who rejected contemporary beliefs and found his own answers by mastering his mind. Even after he gained enlightenment and became the Buddha (the "Awakened One"), Gautama experienced struggles as well as triumphs as he trod India’s dusty paths.

Vishvapani shows how he sought to establish a community of practitioners amid his society’s divided culture and perilous politics and how the ideas that became the Buddhist teachings grew from Gautama’s efforts to address the needs and beliefs of his listeners. Drawing on years of meticulous research into original sources, Gautama Buddha takes us to within touching distance of one of history’s greatest figures.

©2011 Vishvapani Blomfield (P)2015 Ukemi Productions Ltd

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"Master of clariety and simplicity, Vishvapani presents throught the life of the Buddha an understanding of Buddhism of immense relevance to the way we live now." (Dorothy Rowe)

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  • BabaOne
  • 04-08-16

Blessed book of peace, love, joy and wisdom.

I never written a review before but this book captivated me from the start.

A wonderful story brought to life by Jonathan Keeble.

I've gained a deeper understanding of the roots of Buddhism, of peace, love and joyful wisdom.

I couldn't put it down. It was vivid and informative and pleasure to listen to all the way through.

Out of my 152 audio books this is the best one I've listened to so far.

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  • Buyer
  • 04-29-18

Awesome book! Must read (or listen to on Audible)

Awesome book! Must read. This book provides a complete new way of looking at Buddha....not as a mystic but as a human being....one of the greatest human beings ever lived on our planet.

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  • caroline
  • 01-25-17

pure joy

Every night I looked forward to listening to the story full of great information and inspiring spiritual nuggets.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-23-18

Very well written and very informative

For anyone who has ever found the history of Buddhism daunting and overwhelming, this book untangles and explains a huge amount.
It provides a clear and personable account of the Buddha and brings him to life in a way that I have not found in other books.
Brilliant!

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  • Tim
  • 02-21-18

Enlightening

Really enjoyed this book, I like that it tries to differentiate of what happened and what has been embellished. I'm going to listen to it again to pick up things that missed.

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  • Alec
  • 08-03-16

A great historical overview to Buddhism

If you are looking for a concise overview of Buddhism and the life of the Buddha I would highly recommend this text. It is a historical account with little practical application but I found it invaluable in establishing a strong understanding of the Buddhist faith and its history. The narration is exceptional which I find critical in such a long book. Great job.