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THE RAINBOW ROAD

The Rainbow Road

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 →

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 →

WHO IS THE BUDDHA?

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By Sangharakshita
Read by Jinananda
7 hours 48 minutes
 

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This is not an ordinary biography of the Buddha. In his characteristically individual manner, Urgyen Sangharakshita – the leading English-born Buddhist teacher and founder of the Triratna Buddhist Community – recounts the known details of the Buddha’s life, but enriches the story with contemporary relevance. Unpicking the threads of historical and mythical information, he considers the underlying meaning in terms of 21st century life – and its affect on personal practice today. Continue Reading →

WHAT IS DHARMA?

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By Sangharakshita
Read by Jinananda
11 hours 30 minutes
 

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To walk in the footsteps of the Buddha we need a clear and thorough guide to the essential principles of Buddhism. Whether we have just begun our journey or are a practitioner with more experience, What is the Dharma? is an indispensable exploration of the Buddha’s teachings as found in the main Buddhist traditions. Continue Reading →

THE BUDDHA AND THE SAHIBS

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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 →

CAVE IN THE SNOW

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Tenzin Palmo’s Quest for Enlightenment

Includes a 90 minute bonus track of Tenzin Palmo introducing a retreat.
By Vicki Mackenzie
Read by Georgina Sutton with Vicki Mackenzie and Tenzin Palmo
9 hours 29 minutes
 

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This is the story of Tenzin Palmo, the daughter of a fishmonger from London’s East End who became a Tibetan nun. After meditating for 12 years in a cave 13,000 feet up in the Himalayas, she became a world-renowned spiritual leader and champion of the right of women to achieve spiritual enlightenment. 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 →