Book Review

The Political Buddha by Christopher Titmuss

Five out of five punctuation was given to this Book, the author Christopher Titmuss addressed Sidarta Gautama, the Buddha inside the political spectrum. Since the beginning of the book, the author focuses in the Buddha’s core values, his cosmogony and his aim to serve others.

How can spirituality be linked to politics? The Political Buddha will answer this question by showing how Gautama, like Jesus Chist, Mahatma Gandhi, Titch Nan Han and other spiritual leaders contributed with their ethical and moral actions to make this planet a kinder place and more hospitable. 

The author gives to the readers a lot of documented examples of how the Buddha counseled  some Kings to apply certain strategies and implement policies that would help the people of the kingdom, while protecting everyone’s interests.  The book is the result of great historical research that breaks the common belief that spirituality and politics can’t go together (Reminder: spirituality and religion are not the same thing). 

This book iss worth reading as a way to discover the life of the Buddha in a deeper sense, the text is very detail oriented and it will help you to better understand the complexity and at the same time simpleness of the enlightened one, who mainly guided himself by his own values and never intended to fund the buddhism as a religion, but as a way of life where the right thought, right words and right action would lead his life. 

I must say that this book is not for everyone, if you are someone who enjoys  sociology, history and social lectures, then you may find it interesting. I would also recommend it to people who are interested in Buddhism or are exploring the history of religions, but if you are into adventures, sci-fi or romantic novels, this may not be for you.

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