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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jinananda Narrator: David Timson, Anton Lesser Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Stu | 8/5/2013

    " A great starter book for anybody looking into Buddhism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Greg | 12/7/2009

    " An interesting book. I think others have told the story better, which is why I am giving this 3 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Keren Threlfall | 10/19/2008

    " Good introduction to and explanation of Buddhism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sonny | 7/31/2007

    " I Think this is a good book for some of its Techiniques
    and concepts on behavior. "

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