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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 →

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 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
2 hours 21 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 →

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
 

William Hope

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 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 →

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 →

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 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 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 →