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DHARMA AUDIOBOOKS: THE READERS

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By Nicolas Soames

DHARMA AUDIOBOOKS: THE READERS

The first titles under the new Dharma Audiobooks banner were published in September 2015. As we settle into 2016, there are now 15 recordings available, the most recent being The Rainbow Road, the autobiography of the early life of Urgyen Sangharakshita (read by Ratnadhya); and one of the oldest sections of the Pali Canon, the Sutta Nipāta in the K. R. Norman translation (read by Jinananda).

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Buddhist Pronunciation – A Joy and a Challenge

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By Nicolas Soames

Thus have I heard.
These words traditionally mark the opening to the Pali suttas. There are other English translations of this standard phrase – ‘I have heard’ or ‘So I have heard’, but in the early days of the suttas in English, this was generally the beginning. It offered at once a warmly familiar and an evocative start to a discourse. And it set the scene: Ānanda remembering what he heard the Buddha say.
It underpins the fact that from the very early days of the Dharma, and for hundreds of years afterwards – and even now! – dharma teaching was oral.

That is the a justification, were one needed, for the start of this new venture – Dharma Audiobooks. In fact, listening to dharma in the form of original texts, commentaries, teachings, memoirs or even stories, is a delight – and works extremely well! There is something very direct when a lively, pertinent voice brings matters to life.

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