Poems of Early Buddhist Monks
Translated by Mrs Caroline Rhys Davids and Ajahn Sujato • Read by Ratnadhya and TejasviniThe 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.
WHAT THE BUDDHA TAUGHT
By Walpola Sri Rahula • Read by TaradasaLong 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...
GREAT DISCIPLES OF THE BUDDHA
Their Lives, Their Works, Their Legacy
By Nyanaponika Thera & Hellmuth Hecker •Edited by Bhikkhu Bodhi • Read by Ratnadhya, Nicolette McKenzie, William HopeTwenty-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.
ANNIHILATION OF CASTE
By Dr B. R. Ambedkar • Read by Sagar AryaDr 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.
AMBEDKAR AND BUDDHISM
Bonus Recording: Annihilation of Caste
by Urgyen Sangharakshita • Bonus Recording: Annihilation of Caste By Dr B. R. AmbedkarDr 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.
Magic & Mystery in Tibet
The Classic Account Of A Woman's Extraordinary Journey To Tibet
by Alexandra David-Néel • Read by Nicolette McKenzieThis 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.
THE LIFE OF THE BUDDHA
By Bhikkhu Ñānamoli • Read by Hayward B. Morse and Leighton Pugh with Nicolette McKenzie, Jinananda and John FoleyWalking beside the Buddha. This unique biography, told in a lively manner through six ‘voices’, presents the Buddha’s revolutionary solution for humanity that lends to the end of ill will, craving and delusion. It goes back to the earliest sources of the Buddha’s life and teachings, drawing as it does from the Pali Canon which was said to record the words that the Buddha spoke, the events that happened, and his specific teachings on which the world-wide religion was based. It is an absorbing, edifying and even entertaining collection of reportage, myths, wisdom, kindness, human insight – and decisiveness.