The Buddha; Young Seeker

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-01-09
  • Publisher: Aladdin
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The man we call the Buddha was born as Siddhartha in Nepal around 563 b.c. to the king and queen of Shakya. After his birth, a great seer decreed that the baby would be holy, and early on Siddhartha exhibited great intelligence and empathy. His father wanted him to become king, not a holy man, but Siddhartha was not satisfied by his pampered life, and was moved by the hardships of the commoners. Despite his father's wishes, Siddhartha ultimately left behind his kingdom and all his worldly possessions in his search for enlightenment.This biography focuses on the childhood of the Buddha: a man with a fascinating history and an enormous contemporary following.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Chapter 1 A Miraculous Birth 7
Chapter 2 A Golden Childhood 18
Chapter 3 Yasodhara 33
Chapter 4 The Great Contest 44
Chapter 5 A Golden Cage 58
Chapter 6 Life as It Is 71
Chapter 7 A Fork in the Road 85
Chapter 8 Gautama the Beggar 105
Chapter 9 The Middle Way 117
Chapter 10 The First Turning of the Wheel 131
Chapter 11 The Sangha 141
Chapter 12 Home Again 155
Chapter 13 Devadatta's Revenge 161
Chapter 14 The End of the Beginning 172
Chapter 15 Buddhism After the Buddha 179
Glossary 185
For More Information 201

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