WELCOME TO DHARMA AUDIOBOOKS!
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 will 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 initial release will introduce various series:
• A general list incorporating history and biography
• Talks by prominent Buddhist teachers.
• Translations from the Pali Canon, as well as the Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions.
Dharma Audiobooks hopes that presenting modern translations of key doctrinal texts in professional recordings will demonstrate how uplifting it is to listen to the major suttas and sutras. After the passage of millenia, they still sound remarkably fresh to the 21st century ear.
The recordings feature professional readers accustomed to the medium, practising Buddhists and actors – and sometimes both!
Dharma Audiobooks launches with seven titles covering a wide range of subjects. More will follow on a regular basis for the remainder of 2015, and there will be further growth in 2016.
It has been founded by Nicolas Soames who 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.
A practising Buddhist himself for many years, Soames has noted the growing contribution made to publishing by specifically Buddhist imprints and sees Dharma Audiobooks as making a similar impact in the spoken word field.
THE FIRST TITLES
now available as downloads from audible.co.uk / .com
compiled and translated by F. L Woodward.
Read by Neville Jason
translated by K R Norman
read by Vishvantara and Jinananda
read by Jinananda, Ratnadhya, Patience Tomlinson
by Vicki Mackenzie
read by Vicki Mackenzie, Georgina Sutton and Tenzin Palmo
by Charles Allen
read by Sam Dastor
read by Jinananda
By Vishvapani Blomfield
Read by Jonathan Keeble
by Lama Anagarika Govinda
read by Sean Barrett