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Buddhism

Written by: His Holiness the Dalai Lama,Thubten Chodron
Narrated by: Fajer Al-Kaisi
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Explore the common ground underlying the diverse expressions of the Buddha's teachings with two of Tibetan Buddhism's best-selling authors.

Buddhism is practiced by hundreds of millions of people worldwide, from Tibetan caves to Tokyo temples to redwood retreats. To an outside viewer, it might be hard to see what they all have in common. In Buddhism, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and American Buddhist nun Thubten Chodron map out with clarity the convergences and the divergences between the two major strains of Buddhism - the Sanskrit traditions of Tibet and East Asia and the Pali traditions of Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia. Especially deep consideration is given to the foundational Indian traditions and their respective treatment of such central tenets as the four noble truths, the practice of meditation, and the meaning of nirvana enlightenment. The authors seek harmony and greater understanding among Buddhist traditions worldwide, illuminating the rich benefits of respectful dialogue and the many ways that Buddhists of all stripes share a common heritage and common goals.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2014 Tenzin Gyatso and Thubten Chodron (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • SKaredyKat
  • 2018-02-07

Difficult to follow.

Difficult to follow. I actually ended up purchasing the NOOK version of the book so that I could better understand the material.

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  • Ricardo
  • 2019-07-07

Very complete instructions on Buddhism.

Sequentially and comprehensively presents correct views, passages, definitions, and commentary, on key elements of the Buddha's teachings from different schools and traditions, Pali, Sutra, Chan, Tibetan, etc. I've read and listened to many authors and teachers, and it's the first time I more clearly and precisely learn and hear about the particular steps that lead to a much greater understanding of the key aspects, practices, and conclusions of the Buddha. Very well structured, it details the entire path and dives into things I knew but lacked a basis to more fully see, and therefore experience. There are many examples to list, but for instance now I see how and why ignorance, or incorrect knowledge, aprehends things and the self as inherently existent. By discussing the thought process and specific possibilities behind inherent existence, it's helped me see how this is not possible. It goes step by step listing the different reasonings, like through a thought process of elimination to arrive at the more balanced and wise and correct view of interdependence. I had not read or heard the teaching with such detail, and which I was lacking. The material is very approachable, and is very well read, but it does dive deep and can be dense in some sense. It all depends on our motivation. Highly recommended for those who are committed to the path. May you be free from suffering.

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  • Cree Scott
  • 2019-04-13

Educational Book on Buddhism

It's a very dense but informative and educational book. This is not an introductory book. It is best for those with some understanding of Buddhism. It covers all aspects of Buddhism It would be helpful if this book had accompanying cliff notes or a quick reference guide to refer to once you've read the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-10-27

Exceptional

This book is such a great tool to help improve your knowledge of Buddhism. The wisdom and compassion inside will certainly help you on your path

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  • Brice
  • 2021-09-02

Best Read book ever

The reader of this book put me in the most calm state of mind I suggest you listen to this book just for the peace of mind.

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  • CHS
  • 2020-08-30

Buddhism history, traditions and practices

As a new practitioner was looking for a review of the history, traditions and practices of buddhism. The narrator is excellent and allowed me to concentrate on the information and writings.

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  • lesomers
  • 2022-12-06

really hard to play

this is an amazing book. very good, thorough overview with a deeper dive jnto the basics of Buddhism. I just wish it didn't refuse to play more than 12-15 mins at a time without sotpping itself. it's the only book I've experienced that with, but it got downright awful by the end. almost didn't finish it. a shame too...the book is good, but the audible seems quite buggy

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  • John A.
  • 2022-12-01

A great novel

A wonderful book that I found to be developmental and maturative for a young man coming of age such as myself. I found this book to be highly relatable and generally intelligent. I further highly recommend this book.

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  • P.Thomas
  • 2022-05-02

A Must Read For New Yoga Teachers!

I took a 200 and 300 hour yoga teacher training. This booked help meet put all the pieces together. Now, I feel like I am in pre-k.

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  • kerrahbeth
  • 2022-01-11

Beautiful.

I found the text exquisite. I will have to read it over and over again. I feel blessed to have received this💜💜💜

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  • Sam Moto
  • 2021-03-15

Worst buddhism audiobook

it is not for beginners and for someone who is familiar with the subject it's just babble. Unclear and over the place. Awful narration. This is just so disappointing...