• by Dr. Winston King
  • Narrated by Ben Kingsley
  • 2 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Buddhism began with Gotama the Buddha in the sixth century BCE and has developed two chief forms: Theravada (or Hinayana) is found especially in Sri Lanka, Burma, and Thailand; Mahayana is found in Japan, China, Korea, and Indochina. Zen, a more recent form of Buddhism, is found throughout the world. Some believe Buddhism is not properly understood as a religion, though this presentation describes its religious qualities: a belief in transcendent reality, sacred scriptures, monastic life, and views on a future life and the goal of human existence. The Religion, Scriptures, and Spirituality series describes the beliefs, religious practices, and the spiritual and moral commitments of the world's great religious traditions. It also describes a religion's way of understanding scripture, identifies its outstanding thinkers, and discusses its attitude and relationship to society.


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A meaningful introduction

I heard this by chance - Not particularly looking for Buddhism but in general seeking anything that would stimulate my long driving journeys everyday. This rendering of Buddhism will defintiely waken up one's dormant intellect towards asking some relevant and improtant questions. My interst in Buddhism has now grown 10 times. Infact I started hearing the another book I had downloaded long back about similar thinking 'The Power of Now'. Now I am once again a seeker in my life. So it is definitely worth a listen.

The only thing I didnot like is the artificial accents of different buddhist leaders. It was quite annoying.
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- Ganesh

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-07-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.