An End to Suffering
is a deeply original and provocative book
about the Buddha's life and his influence throughout history, told in
the form of the author's search to understand the Buddha's relevance in a
world where class oppression and religious violence are rife, and where
poverty and terrorism cast a long, constant shadow.
describes his restless journeys into India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan,
among Islamists and the emerging Hindu middle class, looking for this
most enigmatic of religious figures, exploring the myths and places of
the Buddha's life, and discussing Western explorers' "discovery" of
Buddhism in the nineteenth century. He also considers the impact of
Buddhist ideas on such modern politicians as Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.
he reflects on his travels and on his own past, Mishra shows how the
Buddha wrestled with problems of personal identity, alienation, and
suffering in his own, no less bewildering, times. In the process Mishra
discovers the living meaning of the Buddha's teaching, in the world and
for himself. The result is the most three-dimensional, convincing book
on the Buddha that we have.
422 pages. Paperback.