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Magic & Mystery in Tibet

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The Classic Account Of A Woman’s Extraordinary Journey To Tibet

by Alexandra David-Néel
Read by Nicolette McKenzie
12 hours 6 minutes
 

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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. She had already spent a decade travelling through China, Sikkim, India, lived and meditated in a cave on the Tibetan border Continue Reading →

THE LIFE OF THE BUDDHA

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By Bhikkhu Ñānamoli
Read by Hayward B. Morse and Leighton Pugh with Nicolette McKenzie, Jinananda and John Foley
16 hours 5 minutes
 

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To do no evil deeds, to give effect to good, To purify the heart; this is the Buddha’s teaching.

Walking 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. Continue Reading →

A CONCISE HISTORY OF BUDDHISM

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From 500 BCE to 1900 CE

By Andrew Skilton
Read by Jinananda
8 hours 21 minutes
 
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An ideal introduction to the history of Buddhism. Andrew Skilton – Senior Research Fellow in Buddhist Studies, Kings College, London – explains the development of the basic concepts of Buddhism, and its spread across the continents during its 2,500 years of history. He begins with a close look at Buddhism in India where it flourished until the 12th/13th century CD, charting the growth of different schools and practices. Continue Reading →

THE BODHICARYĀVATĀRA

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THE BODHICARYĀVATĀRA
A Guide to the Buddhist Path to Awakening

Translated by Kate Crosby and Andrew Skilton
Read by William Hope
10 hours 11minutes
 
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Written in India in the early eighth century CE, Śāntideva Bodhicaryāvatāra takes as its subject the profound desire to become a Buddha and save all beings from suffering. The person who enacts such a desire is a Bodhisattva. Śāntideva not only sets out what the Bodhisattva must do and become, he also invokes the intense feelings of aspiration which underlie such a commitment, using language which has inspired Buddhists in their religious life from his time to the present. Continue Reading →

SUTTA NIPĀTA

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SUTTA NIPĀTA
The Group of Discourses

Translated by K. R. NORMAN
Read by Jinananda
5 hours 41 minutes
 

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It is widely accepted that the Sutta Nipata contains ‘the earliest recorded version’ of the Buddha’s teaching. It is an anthology of poetry and prose – seventy titled suttas of varied instruction and temperament arranged in five chapters. At the start are two of its most famous suttas, The Snake, in which the actions of the practising bhikkhu approaching liberation is likened to a snake that ‘leaves its old worn-out skin’; and The Rhinoceros Horn that expounds the virtue of solitude for those with serious spiritual intent. Continue Reading →

THE RAINBOW ROAD

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THE RAINBOW ROAD
From Tooting Broadway to Kalimpong – Memoirs of an English Buddhist

By Urgyen Sangharakshita
Read by Ratnadhya
19 hours 28 minutes
 

Sangharakshita teaching during his early years in India

Having realized, as a 16 year old in pre-WWII London, that he was a Buddhist, the early life of Dennis Lingwood and his path to becoming a bhikkhu named Sangharakshita is a most extraordinary personal story. He was serving as a signals officer in India when, at the conclusion of the War, he threw away his official identity cards, took off his uniform, donned yellow robes and set off, barefooted, along the dusty paths of India as a spiritual seeker, begging for his food, as the Buddha did 2,500 years ago. Continue Reading →

BUDDHISM PLAIN AND SIMPLE

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By Steve Hagen
Read by William Hope
4 hours 58 minutes
 

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The observations and insights of the Buddha are practical and eminently down-to-earth, dealing exclusively with awareness in the here and now. Buddhism Plain and Simple offers listeners these fundamental teachings , stripped of cultural trappings that have accumulated around Buddhism over the past twenty-five centuries. The newcomer will be inspired by the clear, simple principles found in Buddhism Plain and Simple, and those familiar with Buddhism will welcome this long-needed overview. Continue Reading →

THE LIFE OF MILAREPA

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The classic biography of the eleventh-century yogin and poet

By Tsangnyön Heruka – Translated by Andrew Quintman
Read by William Hope
10 hours 24 minutes
 

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The Life of Milarepa is one of the most beloved stories of the Tibetan people and a great literary example of the contemplative life. Jetsun Milarepa, the 11th century Buddhist yogin and poet, started life as a Black Magician, gaining revenge for loss of heritage by casting terrible hailstorms and committing multiple murder. Continue Reading →

THE NOBLE EIGHTFOLD PATH OF THE BUDDHA

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The Original Lecture Series

By Urgyen Sangharakshita
Read by Urgyen Sangharakshita
8 hours 19 minutes
 

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The Noble Eightfold Path is one of the most important teachings in Buddhism. In this series of eight lectures, given originally in 1965, Urgyen Sangharakshita introduces each stage, from right understanding to right meditation, explaining the deeper implications involved. Sangharakshita, the London-born Buddhist teacher, is one of the most influential figures in the development of Buddhism in the West. Continue Reading →

THE DHAMMAPADA, THE UDANA, THE ITIVUTTAKA

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Key texts from the Khuddaka Nikaya

Translated by Buddharakkita and John D Ireland
Read by Jinananda, Ratnadhya and Patience Tomlinson
8 hours 36 minutes
 
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The Dhammapada, a collection of 423 verses in 26 chapters, is perhaps the most famous of all Buddhist texts. It presents the Buddha’s teachings in a clear and highly accessible form and has been used for personal instruction and teaching for centuries throughout the Buddhist world. It comes from the Khuddaka Nikaya section of the Pali Canon and is here collected with two other key texts from the same source. Continue Reading →