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 in regards to the Buddha's existence and his impression all through heritage, advised within the type of the author's seek to appreciate the Buddha's relevance in an international the place type oppression and non secular violence are rife, and the place poverty and terrorism forged a protracted, consistent shadow.

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

As he displays on his travels and on his personal earlier, Mishra indicates how the Buddha wrestled with difficulties of non-public identification, alienation, and pain in his personal, no much less bewildering, instances. within the approach Mishra discovers the dwelling that means of the Buddha's instructing, on the earth and for himself. the result's the main 3-dimensional, convincing booklet at the Buddha that we have got.

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