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General interest in Buddhism has never been higher. The story and teachings of a man who lived 2,500 years ago have a special resonance for us today, perhaps because he taught a way of life that was not based on belief in a creator god but rather on personal experience. "Test my words for yourself," he said. But what lies behind those distinctive images of the Buddha, seated with unshakeable poise, with eyes half-closed and a slight smile? How did Buddhism develop, from the austere style which governed the life of the yellow-robed monks in ancient India to the more colorful, even magical expression of Tibet? And where does Zen fit in?
Jinananda, a Western-born Buddhist, divides the subject into the Three Jewels: The Buddha (a life of the historical figure), the Dharma (an account of the fundamental teachings), and the Sangha (the disciples, both lay and monastic, throughout the world). With extracts from some of the main sutras, Jinananda explains the key concepts that lie behind a system of thought and behavior that, like the universe itself, is continuously expanding.
©1997 Jinananda (P)2012 Naxos Audiobooks Ltd.
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By Brandon on 11-16-04


I've got a lot of audible books on Buddhism. So far this has been my favorite one, and have listened to it numerous times. Lot's of information and told in a very easy way to listen to. The voice they used for Gotama Buddha is now burned into my brain as the voice of Gotama Buddha.

Check it out, it's totally worth it.

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By Louise on 05-13-05

Well Written and Superbly Narrated

Makes you feel like a child sipping hot cocoa while a loving adult reads an adventure to you.

Take a break from Tricycle, Chodron, Surya Das, et al and get back to basics with this beautifully read tale that reminds us to stay aware of the core of Buddhist thought.

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By Adisha on 11-21-15

Great audio presentation!

I thoroughly enjoyed this excellent presentation. The narration by David Timson was particularly good. He spoke with great clarity and conviction. There are some difficult concepts covered but very well conveyed throughout.

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By tinyNorman on 12-12-12

Excellent overview.

The book clearly presents the basic historical perspective of the life of the Buddha, and explains basic Buddhist concepts clearly. It provides the background for understanding the differences and similarities in the different Buddhist communities. The narrators are very skillful, and each time I listen to the book, I learn something new.

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