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Magic & Mystery in Tibet

Magic & Mystery in TibetMagic & Mystery in Tibet
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 →

MAHĀ-PARANIBBĀNA SUTTA

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The Last Days of the Buddha

Translated by Sister Vajira and Francis Story
Read by Sean Barrett
2 hours 41 minutes
 
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After a long and fruitful life, the Buddha is now 80. For 50 years after his Enlightenment he has been walking the hot, dusty roads of North Eastern India with just robe and bowl, tirelessly and selflessly teaching and inspiring. He knows death is approaching. Continue Reading →

MEDITATION – NOW OR NEVER

MEDITATION – NOW OR NEVER

By Steve Hagen
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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 →

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 →

SOME SAYINGS OF THE BUDDHA

Some Sayings of the BuddhaSome Sayings of the Buddha

Compiled and translated by F L Woodward
Read by Neville Jason
11 hours 17 minutes
 

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This rich selection of the Buddha’s teaching, taken from the Pali canon, remains one of the finest of the classic Buddhist anthologies in English. F. L. Woodward, a key translator of the first half of the 20th century was a committed Buddhist as well as a scholar and in Some Sayings of the Buddha he created a handbook for succeeding generations, incorporating the main elements of the Buddha’s life, views and recommendations. For this recording – incorporating more than 200 key extracts – the translation has been revised to bring the terminology up to date for the contemporary listener. 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 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 →

THE BUDDHA AND THE SAHIBS

The Buddha and the SahibsThe Buddha and the Sahibs
The men who discovered India’s lost religion

By Charles Allen
Read by Sam Dastor
12 hours 17 minutes
 

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For nearly 1000 years, from the destruction of temples and monasteries by Muslim invaders in the 11th and 12th centuries, followed by Hinduism’s increasing power, Buddhism vanished from the country of its origin. Though hugely influential throughout Asia, the religion was forgotten in India. 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 DHAMMAPADA, THE UDANA, THE ITIVUTTAKA

The DhammapadaThe Dhammapada, the Udana, The Itivuttaka

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 →