No man has had a greater inflience on the spiritual development of his people than Siddartha Gautama. Born in India in the sixth century BC into a nation hungry for spiritual experience, he developed a religious and moral teaching that, to this day, brings comfort and peace to all who practise it. This comprehensive biography examines the social, religious and political conditions that gave rise to Buddhism as we now know it.
About the Author :H.W.Schumann studied Indology, comparative religions and social anthropology at Bonn University and earned his Ph.D. degree for a thesis on Buddhist philosophy. He lactured at the Hindu University in Benaras, India, joined the Foreign services of the Federal Republic of Germany and served in consular and diplomatic capacities at the West German missions in Kolkata, Rangoon, Chicago and Colombo. He was incharge of the India deskat the german Foreign Office and retired as the Consul-General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Mumbai.
"......a splendid contribution on the scholarship about Gautama Buddha using various Buddhist and non Buddhsit sources.....a book which should be a must for every student of Buddhsim.........Schumann has produced a remarkable biography of the Buddha. There is much to learn from it."
--------Hsi Lai Journal of Humanistic Buddhism
Vol: 6, 2005