New Sri Lankan edition at a new, much lower price. The superb and traditional biography of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni, based entirely on extracts from the Pali Canon.
Numerous lives of the Buddha have been written and translated, but this volume, with its comprehensive material and original method of presentation, may well claim a place of its own. Composed entirely from texts of the oldest authentic record, the Pali Canon, it portrays an image of the Buddha which is vivid, warm and moving. The ancient texts are rendered here in a language marked by lucidity and dignity as befits the beauty of the original. They are presented in a framework which serves to connect the canonical texts through historical notes and other information, The inclusion of episodic and anecdotal material gives life to the narration, and there is also a chapter on the Buddha's doctrine that is highly illuminating and has a distinct flavour of its own. This is a book that can inform and inspire.