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The Middle Way: The Story of Buddhism | [Jinananda]

The Middle Way: The Story of Buddhism

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? Jinananda, a Western-born Buddhist, divides the subject into the Three Jewels....
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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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    I've got a lot of audible books on Buddhism. So far this has been my favorite one, and have listened to it numerous times. Lot's of information and told in a very easy way to listen to. The voice they used for Gotama Buddha is now burned into my brain as the voice of Gotama Buddha.

    Check it out, it's totally worth it.

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    Louise Waynesville, NC, United States 05-13-05
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    "Well Written and Superbly Narrated"

    Makes you feel like a child sipping hot cocoa while a loving adult reads an adventure to you.

    Take a break from Tricycle, Chodron, Surya Das, et al and get back to basics with this beautifully read tale that reminds us to stay aware of the core of Buddhist thought.

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    Barbara Tucson, AZ, USA 06-22-05
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    Entertaining, informative and inspiring. Explains all of the basic concepts of Buddhism, including conditionality. Play this CD over and over. It's always enlightening and interesting!

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    David KEENE, NH, United States 07-09-07
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    This is one of the best introductions to Buddhism that I've listened to. Just listening to it calms my nerves. A great listen.

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    "An excellent listen"

    Really glad I selected this title with this months credit. It brought a lot of clarity to the subject and the way it is broken down into Buddha, Dharma, Sangha really works. Highly recommended.

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    Valerie Santa Fe, NM, USA 11-19-09
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    "Informative. Challenging. and Gentle."

    It takes several times through to understand what is so simply set out... And it's lovely. The voice of David Carradine as the Buddha is a perfect fit.

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    i love The Middle Way: The Story of Buddhism. it's impeccably and passionately read (and by "passionately," i do NOT mean "over the top" - not in the least - but simply that the readers clearly care very much about what they're reading, and speak each word and phrase with appropriate feeling and intent), highly educational, and provocative of insight; no single influence i've encountered over the years has done more to interest me in the possibility of stepping onto the Buddhist path, nor to help me along in my understanding. i only wish i could find more sources of information that take so purely philosophical and non-religious a view of Buddhism. my personal opinion is that religion is a refuge of the weak-minded - indeed, as this very book points out, "it is much easier to follow rules and commandments than to be aware" - and i don't see any more reason to saddle Buddhism with the taint of "religion" than i do to so saddle Christ's teachings. this non-religious approach is one of the great attributes of this book, and i only hope i'll be able to find such purity of approach elsewhere.

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    Katherine Marina Del Rey, CA, United States 11-30-06
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    "Not the best"

    I listened the the entire book. But I was not impressed from the very beginning. I found that it did not flow easily. It was almost rough to listen to. It was short though, so I didn't feel that I wasted too much time. I could have done without having purchased it though.

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    "Excellent overview."

    The book clearly presents the basic historical perspective of the life of the Buddha, and explains basic Buddhist concepts clearly. It provides the background for understanding the differences and similarities in the different Buddhist communities. The narrators are very skillful, and each time I listen to the book, I learn something new.

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