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Old path white clouds presents the life and teachings of gautama buddha drawn directly from 24 pali sanskrit and chinese sources and retold by thich nhat hanh in his inimitably beautiful style this book traces the buddhas life slowly and gently over the course of 80 years partly through the eyes of svasti the buffalo boy and partly through the yes of the buddha himself. In old path white clouds thich nhat hanh retells the story of the buddhas life drawing on accounts from multiple classical sources the language is simple calm and beautiful theres conflict in the story but no false drama just the clear working out and sharing of the buddhas teachings and the growth of the early sangha through the end of the buddhas life. Old path white clouds walking in the footsteps of the buddha old path white clouds walking in the footsteps of the buddha by nht hnh thch publication date 1991 topics gautama buddha publisher openlibrary edition ol1863654m openlibrary work ol263633w page progression lr pages 614 ppi 514 . Old path white clouds walking in the footsteps of the buddha is about as close any of us will get to actually simulating what it felt like to live alongside and learn from the greatest teacher of all tilme this book is as much an experience as a classic book there are many great english translations of much of the pali canon most of it freely available online making the great . Old path white clouds is a gift book a reference book and an excellent read destined to become a classic of religious literature this is a truly wondrous book a biography a compilation of the buddhas teachings a social study of ancient india a work of comparative religion an epic tale and a childrens story all in one mountain record