An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World

An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World

Pankaj Mishra

An finish to Suffering is a deeply unique and provocative booklet concerning the Buddha's existence and his impression all through background, instructed within the kind of the author's seek to appreciate the Buddha's relevance in a global the place classification oppression and non secular violence are rife, and the place poverty and terrorism solid an extended, consistent shadow.

Mishra describes his stressed trips into India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, between Islamists and the rising Hindu center category, trying to find this such a lot enigmatic of spiritual figures, exploring the myths and locations of the Buddha's lifestyles, and discussing Western explorers' "discovery" of Buddhism within the 19th century. He additionally considers the influence of Buddhist rules on such sleek politicians as Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.

As he displays on his travels and on his personal previous, Mishra exhibits how the Buddha wrestled with difficulties of private id, alienation, and discomfort in his personal, no much less bewildering, occasions. within the technique Mishra discovers the residing that means of the Buddha's instructing, on this planet and for himself. the result's the main three-d, convincing publication at the Buddha that we've got.

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