This volume makes an excellent introduction into reading the suttas. More compact than the four volumes so far published of the Nikāyas, this anthology also features a helpful introductory essay and a thematic organization: I. The Human Condition II. The Bringer of Light III. Approaching the Dhamma IV. The Happiness Visible in this Present Life … Continue reading In the Buddha’s Words: An Anthology, by Bhikkhu Bodhi→
Part of Oxford University Press’ “Very Short Introductions” to just about everything, Michael Carrithers’ book The Buddha is clear and easy to read—and, as promised—short:120 pages). Considering context and source materials, it is much more than a biography.
Karen Armstrong’s lively and appreciative biography The Buddha was a New York Times best seller. Scholar, writer, and sometime journalist, Armstrong has also written fluently and sympathetically about Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, focusing on ethical commitments and interpreting unfamiliar lifeways. In this book she offers a blend of early records and later legends as a biography of the founder of Buddhism.