Buddha by Deepak Chopra


By Deepak Chopra

  • Publication Date: 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Self-Improvement
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 62 Ratings)

Book Synopsis

Deepak Chopra brings the Buddha back to life in this gripping New York Times bestselling novel about the young prince who abandoned his inheritance to discover his true calling. This iconic journey changed the world forever, and the truths revealed continue to influence every corner of the globe today.

A young man in line for the throne is trapped in his father's kingdom and yearns for the outside world. Betrayed y those closest to him, Siddhartha abandons his palace and princely title. Face-to-face with his demons, he becomes a wandering monk and embarks on a spiritual fast that carries him to the brink of death. Ultimately recognizing his inability to conquer his body and mind by sheer will, Siddhartha transcends his physical pain and achieves enlightenment.

Although we recognize Buddha today as an icon of peace and serenity, his life story was a tumultuous and spellbinding affair filled with love and sex, murder and loss, struggle and surrender. From the rocky terrain of the material world to the summit of the spiritual one, Buddha captivates and inspires—ultimately leading us closer to understanding the true nature of life and ourselves.

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Latest User Reviews

  • Fun tribute, beautiful story

    By Little5er00
    I've read so many how-to/self-help books about Buddhism over the last decade-- it was really refreshing to finally read something rooted in story. I loved the characters-- their traits and struggles were genuine and believable. And the teachings were just as profound through narrative as they are in the more advisory books. Don't skip the epilogue-- fantastic q&a helps keep the teachings fresh and a little less obscure.
  • Great read

    By VeryME
    Simplicity is key to Deepak's writing skills. Loved the breakdown, details and flow all together. Reason why 5 stars are missing is there is a lack of showing Buddha's powers (miracles). When miracles are in hand, Deepak runs quickly around them, as if he wants to strip this so called - holy - side to Buddha. I'm not a Buddhist, not defending Buddha, just wanted to dive more into his mystical side, a bit of wonderment and miracles too.
  • Lovely

    By Ripped45
    Beautifully written and engaging at every point :)
  • One of my favorites books

    By francisco4114
    Budda Saw the wold in a whole different way. I think that is the best part of this book
  • Amazing & subtle

    By Dr.Sonie
    I really enjoyed this work of fiction on the life of Buddha. I think this book is a lovely compilation of the life but more importantly the experiences of Buddha in his life. I liked the components of love, evil, life, what is and what's not. It's thought provoking in a story-telling way and it teaches us some of what Buddha stood for. I recommend this book as a casual read on the life and teaching of buddha as a story rather than a lecture which is entertaining as well as informative. Lovely work. Thank you!
  • Buddha

    By Life learner
    I really enjoyed reading this fictionalized account of the life of Buddha. (But then again I like learning this way as opposed to biographies and textbooks.)