Arnold’s The Light of Asia


Another great poetry must read includes Arnold‘s The Light of Asia: a riveting narrative poem describing the life of Prince Gautama Buddha who pursued enlightenment and became The Buddha.

The poem’s publication in the late 19th century introduced a wider western readership to Buddhism and its key tenets: although the story of how the Prince renounced wealth to embrace gregarious poverty makes for delightful reading in itself.

  • How could a wealthy princeling – living in the sheltered lap of oriental luxury –  choose to leave behind his wealth to voluntarily embrace the life of a begging pauper?

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