Wake Up by Jack Kerouac. This is the life of Lord Buddha through the narrative of a devout Catholic and I’d say a masterpiece. I have read it seven times so far. The first time I read this book when we were going through a devastating earthquake in Christchurch and we had to deal with 10,000+ aftershocks. We did not know at that stage if we were going to make it to the next day. This book was a book on the deeper meanings of life. Yet written in a beautiful fluid style as if you lived in The Buddha’s time.

Read it if you can. One of the classics in my eye

Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Environmental Health at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Also in: https://refind.com/arinbasu

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