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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 →

WHAT THE BUDDHA TAUGHT

WHAT THE BUDDHA TAUGHT

By Walpola Sri Rahula
Read by Taradasa
6 hours 20 minutes
 

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. Continue Reading →

GREAT DISCIPLES OF THE BUDDHA

great-disciples-of-the-buddhaGREAT 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 Hope
18 hours 20 minutes
 

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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 →

ANNIHILATION OF CASTE

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ANNIHILATION OF CASTE

By Dr B. R. Ambedkar
Read by Sagar Arya
4 hours 06 minutes
 

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. But Dr Ambedkar’s natural ability and determination (and some good fortune) enabled him to rise above caste prejudice and become one of the founding fathers of modern India. Continue Reading →

AMBEDKAR AND BUDDHISM

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Bonus Recording: Annihilation of Caste

By Urgyen Sangharakshita
Bonus Recording: Annihilation of Caste By Dr B. R. Ambedkar
Ambedkar and Buddhism read by Ratnadhya – Annihilation of Caste read by Sagar Arya
11 hours 30 minutes
 

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. A combination of exceptional talent, hard work and determination, vision and luck took him to Harvard and the LSE, and then back to his home country. Continue Reading →

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

THE LIFE OF THE BUDDHATHE LIFE OF THE BUDDHA

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

A CONCISE HISTORY OF BUDDHISMA CONCISE HISTORY OF BUDDHISM
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

THE BODHICARYĀVATĀRA (Large)

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 →

ASPECTS OF THE BODHISATTVA IDEAL

aspectsASPECTS OF THE BODHISATTVA IDEAL
The Original Lecture Series

By Urgyen Sangharakshita
Read by Urgyen Sangharakshita
9 hours 58 minutes
 

Sangharakshita teaching during his early years in India

The Bodhisattva – one who is becoming awake or enlightened – is one of the great inspiring figures in Buddhism. The title can refer to a mythical being with qualities to which we aspire, such as Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion; or an ordinary person on the quest for Enlightenment for the benefit of all living beings. It is a profound ideal for life. In this important lecture series, Urgyen Sangharakshita, one of the most important leading Western Buddhist teachers, sets out the path of the aspiring Bodhisattva living in the 21st century. Continue Reading →