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The Forest of Uruvela Osamu Tezuka

The Forest of Uruvela

Osamu Tezuka

Published October 28th 2010
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384 pages
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About the Book: Buddha: The Forest of Uruvela (Volume 4) The fourth volume in the eight part of an epic graphic novelseries by Osamu Tezuka, Buddha: The Forest of Uruvela (Volume 4) isthe story of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. In theMoreAbout the Book: Buddha: The Forest of Uruvela (Volume 4) The fourth volume in the eight part of an epic graphic novelseries by Osamu Tezuka, Buddha: The Forest of Uruvela (Volume 4) isthe story of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. In the eightbooks, the story follows the life of Gautama Buddha as he grows up,gets married, discovers his true faith and starts a religion with amillion followers the world over. In these graphic novels, Tezukapresents a curious blend of themes and styles. Beautifully detailedlandscapes are marked by cartoon-like characters and the book isfilled with silly whimsy, fictional and non-fictional stories fromthe life of Buddha and a whole host of characters from modern dayfiction like ET and Yoda. In the fourth book, Osamu Tezuka takes off from where hefinished the third book. Siddhartha is well on his way toenlightenment. He now starts to question the path he is on. Hetries to become the apprentice of many sages and teachers but withevery one there is a problem. Either he does not agree with theirphilosophies, or a part of their philosophies or quickly masterswhat they have to teach. After a lot of searching, Siddhartha turnsback to the path of self-abnegation and asceticism. He and hisfellow wandering monks go to the forest of Uruvela, home of themost pious sages who devote their life to asceticism. In thisforest they gather to test their limits of endurance and theirtolerance for pain and suffering. Through the book, Siddhartha faces many dangerous trials underthe watchful eye of Dhepa and the monks and sages who occupy theforest. Initially he is appalled by the extreme nature of theself-sacrifice of the sages. He does not understand the reasonbehind this sacrifice and suffering, he sees it all as being donefor nothing. Eventually Siddhartha is unhappy and unsatisfied anddecides to look for his own way, which he calls “The MiddleWay”. It is this path that will lead him to enlightenment.The second parallel story is that o