An End to Suffering by Pankaj Mishra
The Buddha in the World

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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.

Mishra 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.

As 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.

 

About Pankaj Mishra

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Pankaj Mishra was born in India in 1969 and lives in London and Mashobra, India. The author of An End to Suffering (FSG, 2004) and Temptations of the West (FSG, 2006), as well as a novel, The Romantics, he writes for The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, and The Guardian.
 
Published August 24, 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 433 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Travel, Literature & Fiction, History. Non-fiction

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The Buddha, as Pankaj Mishra describes him, was not a religious figure but a philosopher who sought to relieve suffering during a time of upheaval.

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The Buddha, as Pankaj Mishra describes him, was not a religious figure but a philosopher who sought to relieve suffering during a time of upheaval.

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An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World by Pankaj Mishra 400pp, Picador, £17.99.

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“An acute psychologist,” writes Mishra, “[the Buddha] taught a radical suspicion of desire as well as of its sublimations—the seductive concepts of ideology and history.” Listening to a speech by Donald Rumsfeld days after the September 11 attacks, recalling his travels among the fundamentalist m...

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