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The Light of Asia by Sir Edwin Arnold

The Light of Asia (1879)

by Sir Edwin Arnold

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This is the story of Siddharta, told in blank verse. It is lovely to read with beautiful imagery. My only complaint is that often Sir Edward would use words that are unknown in English, so that a glossary or notes would be helpful. Overall, however, it is an enjoyable experience to read this book. ( )
  Marse | Mar 15, 2017 |
Long narrative poem from 1879 by the English author Edwin Arnold, retelling the traditional life story of the Buddha. Mostly of interest as an example of how westerners perceived and approached Buddhism in the nineteenth century. With an introduction by Sangharakshita of the FWBO.
  JamesBlake | Jun 16, 2010 |
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Sir Edwin Arnold has rendered in exquisite poetic form the story of the Buddha's search, enlightenment, and teaching. First published in 1879, the book has become a classic and has been published in many editions and many languages. Not only is it deeply philosophical in nature, but because of its poetic form and its narrative of the dramatic incidents in Siddhartha's life, it is delightful and absorbing reading.

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