Here is a Buddha for the rest of us. Before He Was Buddha draws from 2,000-year-old Pali and Sanskrit texts to present a personal picture of the man who became the spiritual leader of one of the world's great religions. Unlike overly reverential biographies that treat him as a distant, divine figure, this book shows a very human seeker who discovers the secrets of life.
1. The Golden Child 2. The Human Condition 3. Discovery 4. The Middle Path 5. The Community 6. Early Years of the Sangha 7. Returning Home 8. Allies and Asssassins 9. Compassion and Common Sense 10. The Leaves in the Trees 11. The Inner Life 12. Nirvana