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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,526 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai Narrator: Jonathan Reese Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Like all great religions, Buddhism teaches the importance of spiritual, or holy, values. This religion teaches that if a person has a pure mind, everything he does will be pure and decent, and that if he has a pure heart, all happiness will come to him. 

First published in 1925, Buddha’s Teachings was originally edited by Japanese scholars of Buddhism before WWII and distributed widely throughout Japan. The first English edition was published in 1934. The Reverend Dr. Yehan Numata brought out another English edition in 1962, and in 1966, after the establishment of the Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai (Society for the Promotion of Buddhism), Dr. Numata assembled a committee of Buddhist scholars to substantially revise and edit a new English-Japanese edition. Buddha’s Teachings has undergone minor revisions and numerous reprintings since. It is now available in forty-one languages, and over seven million copies have been distributed and placed in hotel rooms in over fifty countries throughout the world.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by k8~OwLiNaBee | 2/13/2014

    " Gil is the man! Check out his talks on audiodharma. This is a really great translation. It's not very long, but very deep. Very amazing! I did learn from the translations and found it very interesting. I'd like to now compare Gil's translation with others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rulick Bilorusets | 2/6/2014

    " Excellent translation of an ancient Buddhist text. Not boring introduction makes a good bonus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lysergius | 2/2/2014

    " Clear, crisp and concise. There are no closed fists in Buddhism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Maryanne | 1/28/2014

    " I love Buddhist scripture, they talk so pretty. "

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The Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai (BDK) (Society for the Promotion of Buddhism) was founded by the Reverend Dr. Yehan Numata in December 1965. Working with a community of like-minded people, including leaders of each Buddhist sect in Japan and eminent Buddhist scholars, Dr. Numata established the BDK in order to “transmit the Buddhist religion to as many people in the world as possible, without expounding the doctrines of any particular sect or denomination.” To achieve this goal, the BDK promotes a wide range of activities and projects in the hope of contributing to world peace and mutual understanding among humanity. Today, the BDK’s mission to the world is continuing under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Numata’s oldest son, Mr. Toshihide Numata.