Dharma Audiobooks is a new audiobook label with a clear brief: to present Buddhist recordings of all kinds – biographies, histories, talks, suttas and sutras from all traditions, commentaries and classic literature by Western Buddhists – in informed and professional productions. The recordings draw on all the main traditions – Theravada, Mahayana, Tibetan, Chinese and Japanese – as well as the rapidly increasing Western Buddhist tradition and feature some of the leading teachers and writers.
The titles include popular introductions such as Buddhism Plain and Simple and What The Buddha Taught and classic talks such as The Noble Eightfold Path of the Buddha to recordings from the Pali Canon, biographies such as Cave In The Snow and The Life of Milarepa. All titles can be downloaded from Audible.
THE LOTUS SŪTRA
Read by Taradasa
The Lotus Sūtra is one of the most important Mahāyāna texts and the most widely read, chanted and revered, particularly in Asian Buddhist countries, notably China and Japan. It is the root text, so-to-speak, of the ‘Pure Land’ schools, which often regard it as the principal Buddhist sutra, the study and practice of which projects the participant along the path to nirvana….
THE MIDDLE LENGTH DISCOURSES OF THE BUDDHA
Translated by Bhikkhu Ñānamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi • Read by Taradasa
This audiobook offers a complete translation of the Majjhima Nikāya, or Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, one of the major collections of texts in the Pāli Canon, the authorized scriptures of Theravada Buddhism. This collection – among the oldest records of the historical Buddha’s original teachings – consists of 152 suttas or discourses of middle length, distinguished as such from the longer and shorter suttas of the other collections…
THE DIAMOND SUTRA, THE HEART SUTRA, THE SUTRA OF HUI NENG
Read by Ratnadhya
These three sutras are the most important texts for the Chan (Chinese) and Zen (Japanese) Buddhist traditions, though they are very different in character and provenance. The Diamond Sutra (Vajracheddikā Prajña Pārāmitā Sutra in Sanskrit) has the distinction of being “the earliest complete survival of a dated (11 May 868) printed book’…
THE VIMALAKIRTI SUTRA
Translated by Burton Watson • Read by Taradasa
The Vimalakirti Sutra is one of the most popular of all Mahayana sutras, being especially loved and revered in the Far East. One of the reasons for the Sutra’s popularity is that its principal character, Vimalakirti, is not a Buddha or a Bodhisattva, or even a monk, but a layman with a family living in Vaishali in India, leading – apparently – a secular life…
BUDDHIST MEDITATION: THE BREATH
by Vessantara • Read by Vessantara
The Mindfulness of Breathing meditation has been practised in the Buddhist tradition for 2,500 year. It is now widely used not just among Buddhists, but increasingly in the secular world as the basis of mindfulness training, and in other contexts such as yoga and, in recent times, stress and pain management…
by Steve Hagen • Read by William Hope
In Meditation Now or Never Steve Hagen, a Zen priest and bestselling author of Buddhism Plain and Simple, provides an accessible and thorough manual on meditation, for both newcomers and experienced practitioners. In the modern world our lives are more frenetic than ever. Continue Reading
Poems of Early Buddhist Monks
Translated by Mrs Caroline Rhys Davids and Ajahn Sujato • Read Ratnadhya and Tejasvini
The Theragāthā is one of the most striking texts in the Pāli Canon. It is a collection of 264 poems or verses – some short, some long – by monks who, traditionally, lived at the time of the Buddha, and which expressed their experience of insight, the culmination of their spiritual path. Continue Reading
WHAT THE BUDDHA TAUGHT
By Walpola Sri Rahula • Read by Taradasa
Long regarded as one of the best introductions to Buddhism, What the Buddha Taught draws on the actual words spoken by the Buddha to give a lucid and accurate account of the fundamental principles of Buddhist doctrine. Richly supported by extracts rom the ancient texts, Walpola Rahula gives clear and direct explanations of Buddhism’s essential teachings… Continue Reading
Nicolas Soames co-founded and ran the award-winning spoken word label Naxos AudioBooks. Over a period of 20 years he built a list of 800 recordings of classics of world literature – from Homer and Dante to Austen, Dickens, James Joyce and Proust.
Dharma Audiobooks was started in 2015, recording Buddhist texts from all traditions and all ages, both ancient and modern. In 2016 he launched Ukemi Audiobooks with the purpose of recording neglected classics mainly from Western traditions – both fiction and non-fiction, ranging from Greek and Latin texts to philosophy (Nietzsche and Schopenhauer), psychology and psychoanalysis (Freud and Jung); and 20th century classics, including Thomas Mann’s Buddenbrooks and the early novels of Samuel Beckett.