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REVIEW Old Path White Clouds Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha 107 ☆ Drawn from original sources Old Path White Clouds is the beautiful classic recounting of the life and teachings of Gautama Buddha over the course of eighty years It is retold alternately through the eyes of Svasti the buffalo boy who provided kusSti the buffalo boy who provided kusa grass for the Buddha's enlightenment cushion and the Buddha himself. This is so much than a book It's absolutely an experience I have walked alongside the Buddha for 572 blissful pages Thich Nhat Hanh delivers a beautiful narrative of the Buddha's life including his path to enlightenment and all his teachings in the years that follow Imbedded within the Buddha's story are many stories about other followers monks and nuns how they struggled and how they came to follow the Buddha Many of the Buddhas teachings are contained within this text and explained beautifully The book is easy to read but you want to take your time with it letting everything wash over you and sink in The process of reading it mindfully is a beautiful meditation Highly recommend for anyone seeking to improve their spiritual life regardless of their religion The Buddha's precepts apply to us all

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Drawn from original sources Old Path White Clouds is the beautiful classic recounting of the life and tea. I’ve been reading and reviewing a bunch of books about Buddhism lately and it occurred to me that I hadn’t read my very first introduction to the teachings in a really really long time We visited the Cham Shan Temple also known as the Ten Thousand Buddhas Sarira Stupa in Niagara Falls Ontario over the holidays and looking at the amazing statues and shrines and spending a little time inside the public temple reminded me how moved I was by my first introduction to the life of the Buddha and made me want to revisit it“Old Path White Clouds” is a beautiful and detailed novelized biography of Siddhartha Gautama It is based on very meticulous historical research Thich Nhat Hanh distilled his sources into a flowing narrative that is both elegant and easy to read He has said about writing this book that he “tried to take away the mystic halos people ascribe to the Buddha Not being able to see the Buddha as a human being makes it difficult for us to approach the Buddha” I think that might be why it appealed to me immediately the first time I read it this was the story of flesh and blood being just like me who wanted to find a way to help people and ease their suffering This book is not a compendium of teachings or a guide for practices and mediation; its aim is to familiarize the reader with the life of Siddhartha Gautama give them a sense of who he was and how his experiences led him to enlightenment and inspired him to teach That being said I find it an invaluable work for anyone interested in Buddhism because through this biographical format it also gives the reader a very strong sense of what Buddhism is about without being didactic or formal The teachings are interweaved in the story as the narrative unfolds so it is a very good way to learn about the Middle Way the Four Noble Truths the Three Treasures the Five Precepts the Eight fold Path and so on as they arise within the story of the Buddha's lifeThis book is beautiful and inspiring in so many ways I obviously recommend to everyone especially to those interested in learning about Buddhism This is a magnificent story that deserves to be read again and again

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Old Path White Clouds Walking in the Footsteps of the BuddhaChings of Gautama Buddha over the course of eighty years It is retold alternately through the eyes of Sva. The good It's easy reading and a nice way to learn about the Buddha's teachings The bad 572 pages felt like 572 pages It's a biography but it isn't It's fictionalized So it's hard to know what Thich Nhat Hanh made up and what he got from original sources Granted the Buddha lived over 2500 years ago so it deserves a serious clump of salt anywaysThe ugly I don't like that the Buddha's wife is depicted as encouraging him to leave her and their only child to go and find The Way One of the things that drew me to the Buddha in the first place is that he's not divine He's just human and as flawed as the rest of us So why can't it be that he just found himself having a wife and child at the age of 29 and simply freaked out and left town That's possible too isn't it Does it make him any less the Buddha Up to you But I find that messy flawed human version much easier to swallow Spare me the crap about the supportive and beautiful wife going Yes dear you must leave me and our son to become enlightened Go Go now and find the way Come back in 7 to 10 years when you can save humanity When I tell my wife I want to go on a 7 day retreat she gives me a funny look Much less 7 years Hah