A Life of The Buddha From A Burmese Manuscript Folio Society 1959


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A Life of The Buddha

Through the centuries the life-story of Gautama the Buddha has become richly encrusted with legend. and the present version, which has been handed down from father to son by the strolling players of the Burmese river line, is a strange blend of fairy-tale, down-to-earth aphorism and sublime doctrine. This translation successfully conveys the spontaneous
quality of the original in its varying moods from salty humour to poetic mysticism: in it, the story of the Four Encounters, the Great Departure, the Enlightenment under the Bodh tree, the rout of Mara the Evil One, and the Great Teaching make a brilliant pattern of exotic incident and profound truth from the life of the founder of one of the world’s great faiths.


  • Folio Society First Impression No. 131
  • Publisher Folio Society, London; 1959
  • Quarter Leather with Saffron Cloth Sides Hardback, 188 pp
  • Drawings by T.J. Widdaker.
  • Size 230 x 135mm, 650g

Condition: Fair – No Slipcase, Wear To Bottom Of Spine, No Inscriptions, Reading Copy

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