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Shōbōgenzō

Shōbōgenzō

The Treasure House of the Eye of the True Teaching
By Eihei Dōgen
Read by Brian Nishii
55 hours 11 minutes
 

The Shōbōgenzō is the recognized spiritual masterpiece by the 13th- century Japanese Sōtō Zen Master Eihei Dōgen. It is comprised of discourses that he gave to his disciples, in person or in writing, at various times between 1231 and his death 22 years later at age 53. These discourses cover a wide range of topics pertinent to those in monastic life, though often also relevant to those training in lay life. He discusses matters of daily behavior and religious ceremonial as well as issues involving the Master-disciple relationship. He also explores the deeper meaning that informs the so-called Zen kōan stories, which are often puzzling in their seeming illogicality and contrary nature. Continue Reading →

THE CONNECTED DISCOURSES OF THE BUDDHA

THE CONNECTED DISCOURSES OF THE BUDDHA

A Translation of the The Saṃyutta Nikāya

By Bhikkhu Bodhi
Read by Taradasa
57 hours 58 minutes
 

This volume offers a complete translation of the Saṃyutta Nikāya, The Connected Discourses of the Buddha, the third of the four great collections in the Sutta Pitaka of the Pāli Canon. The Saṃyutta Nikāya consists of fifty-six chapters, each governed by a unifying theme that binds together the Buddha’s suttas or discourses. Continue Reading →

THE LOTUS SŪTRA

THE LOTUS SŪTRA

Read by Taradasa
13 hours 03 minutes
 

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. Continue Reading →

THE MIDDLE LENGTH DISCOURSES OF THE BUDDHA

THE MIDDLE LENGTH DISCOURSES OF THE BUDDHA

Translated by Bhikkhu Ñānamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi
Read by Taradasa
47 hours 22 minutes
 

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. Continue Reading →

THE DIAMOND SUTRA THE HEART SUTRA THE SUTRA OF HUI NENG

THE DIAMOND SUTRA
THE HEART SUTRA
THE SUTRA OF HUI NENG

Read by Ratnadhya
5 hours 7 minutes
 

Sangharakshita teaching during his early years in India

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’. It was found in the Dunhuang Caves in China in 1900. The title, Diamond Cutter, outlines its purpose, which is to cut through ignorance to attain to perfect wisdom or ultimate reality. Continue Reading →

THE VIMALAKIRTI SUTRA

THE VIMALAKIRTI SUTRA

Translated by Burton Watson
Read by Taradasa
5 hours 23 minutes
 

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 →

BUDDHIST MEDITATION: THE HEART

BUDDHIST MEDITATION: THE HEART

By Vessantara
Read by Vessantara
TBC hours TBC minutes
 

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. It is used throughout the world – practised in both in a secular and a Buddhist context for, as Vessantara (Tony McMahon) the English-born Buddhist meditation teacher with 40 years of experience declares, it appeals to, and is effective for, everyone regardless of views or faith. Continue Reading →

BUDDHIST MEDITATION: THE BREATH

BUDDHIST MEDITATION: THE BREATH

By Vessantara
Read by Vessantara
3 hours 30 minutes
 

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 →

MEDITATION – NOW OR NEVER

MEDITATION – NOW OR NEVER

By Steve Hagen
Read William Hope
4 hours 43 minutes
 

 

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. We live with a burning sense that we have to get something done. Continue Reading →

THERAGĀTHĀ

THERAGĀTHĀ – Poems of Early Buddhist Monks

Translated by Mrs Caroline Rhys Davids and Ajahn Sujato
Read by Ratnadhya and Tejasvini
10 hours 46 minutes
 

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 →