Buddha, 5: Deer Park
By Osamu Tezuka
In the fifth installment of manga-godfather Osamu Tezuka’s Buddha, engagement with death imparts the lesson of life’s sancity. In a Machiavellian rise to power, Devadatta, a rogue aristrocrat, incites war between two kingdoms that will leave thousands dead. King Bimisara of Magadha, fearing death his son’s own hand, withdraws fatherly love. The true measure of the Buddha’s divinity will turn out to be a test of diplomacy – the power of words.