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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: September 2008 ISBN: 9781400177950
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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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Listener Opinions

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

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jithishj | 1/17/2014

    " This is one of those books that changes You.A source of Timeless Quotes of wisdom "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Whitaker | 1/16/2014

    " A really great book shows us how everything is great and worth to die for "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Giancarlo | 1/12/2014

    " A little book with a lot of ideas to ruminate on. It's a good compact guide with the steps to attain nirvana. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jozef Blazej | 12/19/2013

    " Great, easy to digest spiritual guide. The poetic styling and common sense karmatic teachings make the Dhammapada an enjoyable undertaking. Full of meaningful and concise passages, the book is easy to quote in any setting. The peaceful, cyclical teachings of Buddhism come to life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Misha | 12/19/2013

    " I read this for an Asian history class in college. I remember liking it and finding it profound, but nearly two decades later can't for the life of me remember what it said. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amanda | 11/29/2013

    " My problem is not with the text itself, but with the terrible translation and edit by Mueller. This version of the Dhammapada is painted over with Western religious terms to the point that I found my reading distracted. I'd recommend another entirely, even in a pinch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott M | 10/7/2013

    " "All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Levi Tinney | 9/19/2013

    " An old translation, which was a shame, but much of the quality of the teachings still shone through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 9/18/2013

    " You have to read this one a little at a time. Sort of works like the I-Ching. BTW Buddha is always correct, even when he's not. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Espresso | 7/24/2013

    " This is a book with clear insight into mankind, a book that a person can never stop reading because on each attempt something new comes to the surface with a reminder that enlightenment cannot be attained through sloth and remaining within the comfortable confines of the status quo. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian | 7/16/2013

    " This is a very inspiring book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 O. Dazhi | 9/13/2012

    " Great translation. Simple in presentation with no fluff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Blain | 7/4/2012

    " I'm don't agree with all of the translations and if you are new to Buddhism I would suggest reading and learning from other sources before reading this, but I do think this is an interesting read after you have tackled some of the questions of Buddhism for yourself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 7/4/2012

    " "There is no satisfying desires, even by a shower of gold pieces; he who knows that desires have a short taste and cause pain, he is wise." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hadrian | 6/7/2012

    " Good clear poetic translation. Buddhism has always been interesting to me , as sometimes it approaches the level of philosophy so much as a religion - at least it does to my understanding. Good thoughts for living well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marsha Altman | 3/25/2012

    " I hate to criticize a major text of a more religion, but 90% of the material in here is gotta be the most obvious information ever. Be good, think good thoughts, good things will happen to you. Be bad, think bad thoughts, bad things will happen to you. Enlightenment cannot possibly be that easy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruben | 10/5/2010

    " Best translation of the classic Buddhist text. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mckinley | 2/2/2010

    " I do not recommend the edition with the intro and translation by Juan Mascaro. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/10/2009

    " A simple understandable guide to the basic teachings of Buddhism. "

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About the Author

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.

About the Narrator

Jonathan Reese (d. 1999) was trained from an early age in music and theater. Of his many credits he was proudest of being a founding member of Berkeley’s Straw Hat review. Formidably intelligent, deeply sympathetic, and highly sensitive to his material, he was perfectly suited for literary narration. His many audiobooks include The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer, Just as I Am by Billy Graham, Travels in Alaska by John Muir, and Without a Hero by T. Coraghessan Boyle. A native Californian, Reese died in San Francisco in 1999.