Buddhism

One Teacher, Many Traditions
Narrated by: Fajer Al-Kaisi
Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (74 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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

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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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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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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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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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mumbo jumbo

this is pretty much what can be expected from the Lama. it is the same babble as when watching an interview or one of his speeches.

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  • 02-17-20

impossible to follow

As an audiobooks this is dreadful. The reader says defer in place of differ and references are cited without pause. Entirely unenjoyable and a poor representation of HH Dalai Lama's wisdom

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  • nancy
  • 04-19-20

A comprehensive overview of Buddhism and it's history

A comprehensive overview of Buddhism it's origins, history and progression. Suitable for anyone with an interest in the subject. Excellent and informative and well worth taking the time to listen to this because you will gain and learn so much.

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  • Colleen Kelly
  • 12-01-17

Remarkable..one of the greatest texts of all time

At times very in depth you HAVE to listen to the end ...it is simple and incredible tips for life.

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