Buddha by Karen Armstrong


Buddha by Karen Armstrong is a biography of Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism. The book explores the life of the Buddha, from his privileged upbringing to his renunciation of his luxurious lifestyle and his quest for enlightenment.

Armstrong delves into the Buddha’s teachings, including the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path, which form the foundation of Buddhism. She also examines the historical and cultural context in which the Buddha lived and how his teachings have influenced the world.

The main themes of the book are the Buddha’s journey towards enlightenment, his teachings on suffering and the path to liberation, and the impact of his teachings on the world.

Armstrong emphasizes the Buddha’s emphasis on compassion and the importance of living a moral life. She also explores the challenges of writing a biography of a figure who sought to transcend personality and ego.

What I Liked

I really like all of Karen Armstrong’s books. She’s detailed, nuanced, and embraces the complexity inherent in religion. She writes fascinating books.

What I Did Not Like

All of Armstrong’s books can get a bit academic in parts.

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