Awakened One, The: a life of the Buddha
The Buddha's life story is a universal tale of the awakening of consciousness. The founder of Buddhism was a prince named Siddhartha Gautama, born in the sixth century BCE in what is now Nepal. He led a sheltered life of ease until the age of twenty-nine, when he abandoned his palace and set out on a journey of discovery. His goal was to overcome suffering and death - and he actually did so, in that moment under the Bodhi Tree when he attained Enlightenment and became the Buddha, "The Awakened One". Thereafter he devoted the rest of his life to showing others the way to experience this awakening and liberation from life's confusion.
A blend of legend and history, filled with stories of wisdom and compassion, this ancient tale offers inspiration and insight to spiritual seekers of all traditions.
Sherab Chodzin Kohn has been teaching Buddhism and meditation worldwide since 1973. A close student of the Tibetan meditation master Chogyam Trungpa, he has edited a number of his teacher's books. A native of Chicago, he now lives in Nova Scotia, Canada.
1. Birth, Youth, Renunciation
2. Homelessness, Teachers, Asceticism
4. Turning the Wheel
5. Gathering the Sangha
6. Establishing the Dharma
7. Compassion's Ripeness
9. Last Years