By Pankaj Mishra
An finish to Suffering is a deeply unique and provocative publication concerning the Buddha's existence and his effect all through historical past, informed 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 type, searching for this such a lot enigmatic of non secular 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 impression of Buddhist rules on such glossy 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 pain in his personal, no much less bewildering, instances. within the approach Mishra discovers the residing that means of the Buddha's educating, on the earth and for himself. the result's the main third-dimensional, convincing e-book at the Buddha that we've got.
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An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World by Pankaj Mishra