• What the Buddha Taught

  • By: Walpola Sri Rahula
  • Narrated by: Taradasa
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 16-01-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Dharma Audiobooks
  • 5 out of 5 stars 4.8 (16 ratings)

Summary

Long regarded as one of the best introductions to Buddhism, What the Buddha Taught draws on the actual words spoken by the Buddha to give a lucid and accurate account of the fundamental principles of Buddhist doctrine. Richly supported by extracts from the ancient texts, Walpola Rahula gives clear and direct explanations of Buddhism's essential teachings including:



the Buddhist attitude of mind
the Four Noble Truths
The Noble Eightfold Path
meditation and mental development
what the Buddha taught and the world today.

What the Buddha Taught also features an illustrative selection of texts from the Suttas and the Dhammapada. The Venerable Dr Walpola Sri Rahula was a Buddhist monk and scholar. He received a traditional training and education in his native Sri Lanka before studying at the University of Calcutta and the Sorbonne. He held a chair at Northwestern University, Illinois, and was Vice-Chancellor of Vidyodaya University, Colombo. He was widely regarded as one of the most qualified and enlightened scholars of the Buddhist tradition with a deep knowledge of the original texts.
©1959 The Estate of Walpola Sri Rahula (P)2016 Dharma Audiobooks
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"By far the best introduction to Buddhism available." (Professor R. F. Gombrich, Boden Professor of Sanskrit, University of Oxford)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Adisha on 16-07-17

Beautiful introduction to Buddhism

I thoroughly enjoyed this well-read text. The narrator has a calm peaceful voice that enhances the text. Whilst there are a few mispronounciations of pali words and names of historical characters, this doesn't detract from the author's beautifllly presented, epic work. this id a highly recommended introduction to Buddhism, a way of life that distills many complex texts into an easy to understand reference book. It is worth listening to many times.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Coatsie on 26-11-17

Truly Enlightening

I have listened to this book over and over again and each time I learn something new. Clear explanations and easy to understand. A great book for anyone wanting to learn more about Buddhism and life in general.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sean on 13-09-18

Great beginners listen for a deep dive.

Everythi ng about this book was great. The performance , the story and the ease of understanding.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Rawlson Lawrence on 27-02-18

Very deep and wise Even as old as the teaching are

Very deep and wise Even as old as the teaching are. The Buddha was indeed enlightened. And I can only hope to apply what I have learned. It is truly amazing.

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