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Neil Shah’s distinguished, authoritative delivery nicely suits the subject matter of Michael Carrithers’ illuminating and briskly paced introduction to one of the most influential thinkers in history that, among other things, summarizes and contextualizes Buddha’s early life, explains the core tenets of his philosophy, and illustrates the impact his teachings had and continue to have on the world. Those looking for a succinct, adroitly written, and accessible primer on this monumental figure in Eastern philosophy should look no further than this enlightening audiobook.
In this valuable introduction, Michael Carrithers guides us through the complex and sometimes conflicting information that Buddhist texts give us about the life and teaching of the Buddha. He discusses the social and political background of India in the Buddha's time and traces the development of his thought. He also assesses the rapid and widespread assimilation of Buddhism and its contemporary relevance. Well-paced and informative, this introduction will enlighten not only those who study Buddhism and comparative religion but anyone intrigued by the remarkable philosophy of one of the greatest religious thinkers.
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