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An End to Suffering

The Buddha in the World

Pankaj Mishra

Picador

A New York Times Notable Book

An End to Suffering is a 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.

Pankaj Mishra describes his restless journeys into India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, among Islamists and the emerging Hindu middle class, searching for traces of the Buddha, that most enigmatic of religious figures, while also seeking out the stories and places that defined the Buddha's life. Mishra also discusses Western explorers' "discovery" of Buddhism in the nineteenth century and 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.

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Praise for An End to Suffering

"Part biography, part history, part travel book, part philosophic treatise, [and mainly] intellectual autobiography, [by someone who] 'couldn't sit still' long enough to meditate successfully . . . Mishra's book is in the best tradition of Buddhism, both dispassionate and deeply engaged, complicated and simple, erudite and profoundly humane."--The New York Times Book Review

"Succinct, lucid, and coherent."--Los Angeles Times

"[A] journey of self-discovery . . . [Mishra] struggles to reconcile lessons of the Buddha's life with his own shrinking world."--The New Yorker

"The only sane response to the post-9/11 world."--Elle

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Pankaj Mishra

  • Pankaj Mishra was born in North India in 1969 and now lives in London and India. He is the author of The Romantics, winner of the Los Angeles Times's Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, and a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, Granta, and the Times Literary Supplement.
  • Pankaj Mishra Nina Subin
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