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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 →

THE VIMALAKIRTI SUTRA

THE VIMALAKIRTI SUTRA

Translated by Burton Watson
Read by Taradasa
5 hours 23 minutes
 

The Vimalakirti Sutra is one of the most popular of all Mahayana sutras, being especially loved and revered in the Far East. One of the reasons for the Sutra’s popularity is that its principal character, Vimalakirti, is not a Buddha or a Bodhisattva, or even a monk, but a layman with a family living in Vaishali in India, leading – apparently – a secular life. Continue Reading →

THE WAY OF THE WHITE CLOUDS

The Way of the White CloudsThe Way of the White Clouds – The Classic Spiritual Travelogue by One of Tibet’s Best-known Explorers

By Lama Anagarika Govinda
Read by Sean Barrett
13 hours 30 minutes
 

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 The Way of the White Clouds  is the remarkable narrative of a pilgrimage which could not be made today. In 1948, Lama Anagarika Govinda made an unforgettable journey into Tibet before its invasion by the Chinese. His unique account is not only a spectacular and gloriously poetic story of exploration and discovery; it is also invaluable for its sensitivity and clearly presented interpretation of the Tibetan tradition. Continue Reading →

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 →

THERIGATHA

therigathaTHERIGATHA – Poems of Early Buddhist Nuns

Translated by K.R. Norman and C.R.F. Davids
Read by Vishvantara and Jinananda
4 hours 29 minutes
 

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This remarkable collection of 73 verses contained in the Khuddaka Nikaya section of the Pali Canon dates from the 6th century BCE. It is said to be the earliest voices of women in recorded history. The verses, some brief, some more extended, are the utterances of the Bhikkhunis, the nuns at the time of the Buddha, concerning their life and their ‘awakening’. Continue Reading →

WHAT IS DHARMA?

What is the DharmaWhat is the Dharma

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 →

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 →

WHO IS THE BUDDHA?

Who is Buddha (Large)Who is the Buddha

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 →