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THE NUMBERED DISCOURSES OF THE BUDDHA

THE NUMBERED DISCOURSES OF THE BUDDHA

Translated by Bhikkhu Sujato
Read by Taradasa
56 hours 50 minutes
 

The Numbered Discourses (Aṅguttara Nikāya) is the last and longest of the four primary divisions of the Sutta Piṭaka, (Baskets of Discourses) that make up the main original teachings of the Buddha . The word aṅguttara literally means “up by one factor”, i.e. “incremental”. It refers to the fact that the discourses are arranged by numbered sets, with the numbers increasing by one. It is divided into 11 Books (nipāta), each arranged in varying number of Chapters (vaggas ) which themselves contain numerous suttas (often grouped in thematic clusters). Continue Reading →

THE HUNGARIAN WHO WALKED TO HEAVEN

THE HUNGARIAN WHO WALKED TO HEAVEN

The remarkable story of Csoma de Kőrös
By Edward Fox
Read by Andrew Cullum
18 hours 18 minutes
 

This is a delightful short biography of an eccentric Hungarian scholar who became one of the fathers of Western studies of the Tibetan language and culture. Educated at an austere Calvinist school until aged 31 where he demonstrated exceptional skills as a linguist, Csoma de Kőrös (1784-1842) finally set out alone on a pilgrimage to the East. Continue Reading →

PEAKS AND LAMAS

PEAKS AND LAMAS

By Marco Pallis
Read by Ratnadhya
18 hours 18 minutes
 

 

Peaks and Lamas is one of the classic early 20th century accounts of travelling in the Himalayas on the borders of Tibet. It is, in its way, on a par with the more famous Mystery and Imagination in Tibet by Alexandra David-Néel (also available on Dharma Audiobooks). It describes two journeys in the 1930s, one physically active and one more of spiritual investigation. It starts as the title suggests, as a mountaineering adventure, when a group of English climbers set out to climb unconquered peaks in the Himalayas. Continue Reading →

THE LONG DISCOURSES OF THE BUDDHA

THE LONG DISCOURSES OF THE BUDDHA

By Dīgha Nikāya
Translated by Bhikkhu Sujato
Read by Taradasa
24 hours 21 minutes
 

The Long Discourses of the Buddha (Dīgha Nikāya) is the first of the five Nikāyas (Collections) in the Sutta Pitaka and has its own particular character. Unlike the others, which contain thousands of shorter discourses (suttas), it comprises just 34, but of much longer length – as the name indicates! This makes it, in some ways, a more focused collection of teachings of the Buddha and especially accessible on audiobook. Continue Reading →

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 →