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For the First Time – Buddha’s Life Story is Illustrated into Manga


The Story of BUDDHA: A Graphic Biography by Hisashi Ota is believed to be the first book on the life story of Buddha and his teachings in Manga a revered practice by the Japanese of using comics for explanation and illustration.

When the Buddha was a young man he was called Siddhartha and he dealt with similar struggles that we have today. He was born as a crown prince and was blessed by having an extremely beautiful wife. He had it all money, fame, position, wealth there was nothing he needed yet even with all of his possessions he was not totally happy. He felt there was something missing in his life and he wondered how there could be meaning in the same routine day after day. That is when he went in search of happiness…and a search for answers to the age-old question, “what is the meaning of life?” began. Little did this dissatisfied prince from the foothills of the Himalayas know that 2,600 years later he would be considered one of the world’s greatest sources of religious inspiration.

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