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Mark

Richmond, TX, USA
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  • Sayings of the Buddha

  • The Dhammapada
  • By: Buddha (translated by Thomas Byron)
  • Narrated by: Jacob Needleman
  • Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

Some sources say that the Buddha was born on or around April 8, 563 B.C. How many years have you been around without discovering his wisdom? According to tradition, the words of The Dhammapada come directly from the mouth of Buddha. This translation in particular is among the most poetic and spiritually insightful.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent in its wisdom

  • By Tyrone on 05-05-03

A Dhammapada That Speaks Directly to the Heart

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-09

This audio version of the Dhammapada is a personal, intimate one and speaks directly to the deepest level of the human heart as none of the more expensive versions I've read or sampled on Audible have thus far. Don't let the relatively short duration, low price tag and sparse fan fare fool you, this is a profoundly executed Dhammapada that is classic in simplicity and sticks to the essentials of the original text, skipping the commentary temptations that sound like a good idea, but on audio do not serve much purpose when reaching for a meditational aid like this.

Jacob Needleman has a penetrating voice that can move one to tears just from the poignancy and conviction of Needleman's personable, moving baritone delivery, which has the power to make the listener feel that he IS the Buddha at times. His voice sounds very compassionate as it reveals the timelessly fragmentary and simple recipe to inner peace.

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