Drawing from original Pali, Sanskrit, and Chinese sources, Thich Nhat Hanh retells the life story of the Buddha alternately through the eyes of Svasti, the buffalo boy who provided kusa grass for the Buddha’s enlightenment cushion, and the Buddha himself. WIth a style that captures the clarity and serenity of the Buddha’s life, Old Path White Clouds is a gift book, a reference book, and an excellent read, destined to become a classic of religious literature.
Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, has drawn from 24 Pali, Sanskrit, and Chinese sources to create this highly acessible retelling of the story of the Buddha. The simple style is engaging, leading the reader through events in the Buddha’s life while taking care to present and reinforce the central meaning and tone of his teaching. This is not a scholarly study but rather a heartfelt interpretation that draws on important sources. The result is a beautiful and contemporary book that can offer an attractive introduction for those new to the subject as well as many bright moments for serious students of Buddhism. Recommended for college and public libraries. —Library Journal