Buddha ( भगवान् बुद्ध)

Title: Buddha

Publisher: Ama Chitra Katha

About: In the area on the present border of India and Nepal, there was a small kingdom in the 6th century before the Common Era. When the prince was born, fortune-tellers forecast that he would be either a great king or a great saint. The king took every care to keep him in a life of pleasure so he would become king, not saint. The prince grew to be a strong, handsome youth. Yet he was kind; he saved a bird struck by his cousin's arrow and so claimed the bird as his. One day, on a ride outside the palace through the city, he saw a sick, an old and a dead man. Their sight opened his eyes to the suffering in the world and set him thinking. One night, he left his wife, newborn son and the palace and went in search of knowledge to end suffering in the world. He traveled far and wide and went through many austerities but realized that, sorrow can be ended, not by starving the body but by freeing oneself from desire. He set out teaching this. People called him Buddha ('the Enlightened'). He started preaching against animal sacrifice as the means to satisfy desires. Soon commoners and kings alike started listening to him. There were detractors too, but he came out unharmed through all their evil designs. Back to his town during his travels, he finally won over his own family to his teachings.

the heart of the buddha's teachings

Title: the heart of the buddha's teaching - Transforming suffering into peace joy and liberation

Author: Thich Nhat Hanh

About Author: Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Zen master, poet, best-selling author and peace activist, has been a Buddhist monk for over 40 years. He was chairman of the Vietnamese Buddhist Peace delegations during the Vietnam War and was nominated by Dr. Martin Luther King for the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1966 he visited the United States and Europe on a peace mission and was unable to return to his native land. Today he heads Plum village, a meditation community in southwesten France, where he teaches, writes, gardens aids refugees worldwide.

Publisher: Rider, an imprint of Ebury Publishing, a Random House Group company.

Summary: In The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching, Thich Nhat Hanh brings his gift of clear and poetic expression to an explanation of the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path and other core Buddhist teachings. He makes these practices accessible to Buddhists and non Buddhists alike, showing us all how the very suffering that is holding us down can be the path to our liberation. He reveals how the heart of the Buddha lies within each of us, and entering it means to be present for ourselves, our suffering and our joys. To enter the heart of the Buddha means to touch the world of no-birth and no-death, the world where water and wave are one.