This book is part biography of the founder of Buddhism, and part introduction to the early history and teachings of the religion. It is a short, consice introduction, well suited to the curious and learned alike. One of the outstanding aspects of this volume, is the author's retelling of the historical background of the Buddhist faith, which places Buddhism squarely in the Vedic/Hindu tradition. By choosing this route, the author is able to show how Buddhism was simultaneously traditional and revolutionary. Highly recommended.
Wonderful and concise2000/4/3
As an introduction to the teachings of Gotama, this is an excellent choice. As a beginner myself, it was wonderful to find such a concise record of the origins of Buddhist thought, and its earliest lessons laid out and explained. The book weaves together the lessons of Buddhism and the life of Gotama in an informative and interesting narrative.