The Life of the Buddha: According to the Pali Canon

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Pariyatti, Jan 1, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 377 pages
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Composed entirely of texts from the Pali canon, this unique biography presents the oldest authentic record of the Buddha’s life and revolutionary philosophy. The ancient texts are rendered here in a language marked by lucidity and dignity, and a framework of narrators and voices connect the canonical texts. Vivid recollections of his personal attendant Ananda and other disciples bring the reader into the Buddha’s presence, where his example offers profound inspiration and guidance on the path to freedom.
  

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User Review  - Evie Smith - Goodreads

Not always an easy read but an interesting one. It helps to have previous knowledge of the Buddha's life and teachings. I am concurrently reading "Awakening of the Heart" by Thich Nhat Hanh and find the historical context reinforcing. Read full review

Review: The Life of the Buddha: According to the Pali Canon

User Review  - Fraser - Goodreads

This book wasn't for me. It came recommended but I have to say I struggled with both the organisation and style. I much preferred and found more instructional and satisfying "In the Buddha's words" by Bikkhu Bodhi. Read full review

Contents

The Birth and the Early Years
1
The Struggle for Enlightenment
10
After the Enlightenment
31
The Spreading of the Dhamma
48
The Two Chief Disciples
70
Anathapindika The Feeder of the Poor
87
The Formation of the Order of Nuns
102
The Quarrel at Kosambi
109
The Doctrine
206
Devadatta
257
Old Age
275
The Last Year
286
The First Council 555
333
Notes 547
347
List of Sources 560
360
Index 569
369

The End of the First Twenty Years
120
The Middle Period
151
The Person
182
Table of Principal Dates 575
376
A Bibliography 577
377
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About the author (2001)

Bhikkhu Ñanamoli was ordained as a monk in Sri Lanka, where he spent 11 years living in a monastery and translating the texts of Theravada Buddhism into English. He is the author of The Discourse on Right View, Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, and The Path of Purification.

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