Warrior of Peace: the life of the Buddha
The Awakened One,
The Compassionate One,
The revealer of the Way to the heart of the mystery of life.
What he knows is eternally unknowable,
though it is before us in every breath we take.
We have all seen images of this particular man sitting, legs crossed, eyes lowered. There is decisive energy in his unshakable poise, ineffable wisdom and fathomless compassion in his half smile.
This image of the Buddha from two-and-a-half thousand years ago has become the archetypal symbol of the spiritual quest. When nothing seems to make sense anymore, it is his face that looks out at us with the assurance that there is another way.
But who was the man
Introduction: the Secret of an Ancient Smile
1 Birth and Childhood
2 From Innocence to Experience
3 The Quest for Enlightenment
4 The Awakening
5 Teaching the Dharma
6 Gathering the Sangha
7 Protecting the Sangha
8 Preserving the Sangha
Postscript: the Birth of Buddhism
Notes and References
Some Biographies of the Buddha