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. Continue Reading
Loving kindness is one of the most important principles in Buddhism, and the ‘metta bhavana’, traditionally devised by the Buddha to develop it, is one of the most popular and important meditation practices. Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
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
Translated by Mrs Caroline Rhys Davids and Ajahn Sujato • Read by 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. In fact, it is generally recognised now that this collection was added to over the years, so that some of the verses date from a later time.Continue Reading
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
By Nyanaponika Thera & Hellmuth Hecker •Edited by Bhikkhu Bodhi • Read by Ratnadhya, Nicolette McKenzie, William Hope
Twenty-four of the Buddha's most distinguished disciples are brought to life in ten chapters of rich narration. They include monks who were very close to him throughout his life, including Sāriputta and Mahāmoggallāna; his cousin and companion Ānanda; his principal women disciples, including the nun Isidāsī and his lay disciple, the courtesan Ambapāli; and the serial killer Angulimāla whose character was transformed after meeting the Buddha.Continue Reading
Dr B. R. Ambedkar (1891-1956) was one of the most extraordinary figures in the history of India. He was born in poor circumstances as an Untouchable – high castes regarded physical contact with Untouchables as polluting and condemned them to do the dirtiest of jobs, sweeping and the collection of human detritus. Continue Reading
by Urgyen Sangharakshita • Bonus Recording: Annihilation of Caste By Dr B. R. Ambedkar
Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was one of the most remarkable figures in the 20th century. Born an Untouchable – the lowest element of Indian society deemed to be outside the caste system, and literally ‘untouchable’ – he rose from abject village poverty to become the architect of the new Constitution of India following its independence from Britain in 1947.
The Classic Account Of A Woman's Extraordinary Journey To Tibet
by Alexandra David-Néel • Read by Nicolette McKenzie
This classic memoir by the remarkable French explorer and Buddhist Alexandra David-Néel is the one of the greatest Buddhist travelogues of the 20th century. She was the first European woman to meet the Dalai Lama (in the 1920s) and in 1924 became the first to enter the forbidden Tibetan capital Lhasa.