Friday, November 1, 2013

The Buddha in the World:

Want to learn more about Buddhism? Here's a very readable book by Pankaj Mishra. His book is called "An end to Suffering: The Buddha in the World," It is more than just a biography.  As one reviewer noted, it "is part biography, part history, part travel book, part philosophic treatise."

Mishra is not a Buddhist himself. He could not sit long enough to meditate but he did live in a small Himalayan village where he researched and wrote much of the book.  Mishra's Buddha was not a prophet or religious figure, writes a NY Times reviewer, but a secular one.

Listen to Mishra's short interview with Krista Tippet on her show, On Being.

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