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Buddhism originated some 2,500 years back and Buddha was its creator. Most people deemed Buddha as a reincarnation of their respective Gods. In fact, most religions have accepted his teachings, as they inculcate harmony in people.
Ancient societies including today’s have received enormous benefits owing to teachings of Buddha. Many tyrant rulers gave up their thrones accepting the teachings of Buddha. Ashoka is one such name, who was famous for his battling skills. He gave up his throne and went onto the path of Buddhism to find his liberation.
‘Buddha or Bust’ is a 318 page long and easy to read book that talks about Buddha as a person, who taught actual meaning of truth, happiness and liberation. Buddha or Bust harmony is a result of vast cumulative efforts by author ‘Perry Garfinkel’, who traveled across globe understanding Buddha and his philosophies.
In addition, he put efforts in meeting up with people of other religions and sects in order to understand what they think about Buddha and his teachings. To understand the larger implications of Buddha’s profound philosophies, the author traveled to many countries such as:
- Sri Lanka
In his trips, the author came across different dignitaries in religious domains. He carefully studied their beliefs in Buddha’s philosophies. Moreover, he also visited Dalai Lama, who is the chief Lama of Tibet.
After carefully understanding the influence of Buddha and his teachings, the author decided to make a travelogue out of it. Buddha or Bust harmony speaks about experiences of Buddha through his quotes. In fact, most of the Buddha quotes were originally in Pali language, however, for sake of simplicity in text, author made use of simple comprehensible English.
Wherever possible, author places bibliographical references to the context. This book is a good companion to reading, especially while traveling. It is explained in simple and lucid manner excluding Pali scripts. Thus, it is simple to understand and easy to read.
Buddha or Bust harmony is one of the primary teachings of Buddhism. Of the five important percepts that Buddha taught society, each teaches harmonizing and socializing. Buddha himself taught meditation and imparted it to people, who came to his place. Further, Buddhism spread across Asia through his disciples, who practiced and taught it further to others.
In this fashion, that is in the form of teacher to student, Buddhism spread across the entire Asia. In fact, this book speaks less about the religion or its spread, but rather about Buddha himself. It speaks on how Buddha was successful in transitioning social harmony during his time.