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This landmark collection is the definitive introduction to the Buddha's teachings - in his own words. The American scholar-monk Bhikkhu Bodhi, whose voluminous translations have won widespread acclaim, here presents selected discourses of the Buddha from the Pali Canon, the earliest record of what the Buddha taught. Divided into 10 thematic chapters, In the Buddha's Words reveals the full scope of the Buddha's discourses, from family life and marriage to renunciation and the path of insight. A concise, informative introduction precedes each chapter, guiding the listener toward a deeper understanding of the texts that follow.

In the Buddha's Words allows even listeners unacquainted with Buddhism to grasp the significance of the Buddha's contributions to our world heritage. Taken as a whole, these texts bear eloquent testimony to the breadth and intelligence of the Buddha's teachings, and point the way to an ancient, yet ever-vital path. Students and seekers alike will find this systematic presentation indispensable.

©2005 Bhikkhu Bodhi (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Engaging,thought provoking,great guide book.

I found this very easy to digest and put into my mind for contemplating the discourses.
It is an invaluable book which for myself I feel I have to listen too again and possibly again to keep digesting as my knowledge and practice grows.
Fantastic work by Bikkhu Bodhi.

I listened to this book after the 3 Joseph Goldstein Mindfulness volumes. Now I am leaning back towards purchasing a Stephen Batchelor book to further my studies. Or re listening too Rethinking the Dharma for a secular age. Complimented by a Bodhi college
4 noble truths course.



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The mispronunciation of common Pali words was very distracting. It sounded like the actor was reading some of the words for the first time. Often he sounded as if he was sounding out the word. Words such as Tathagata is barely recognizable. The same can be said of some of the names of Nikayas, especially Majjhima and Aṅguttara. I would expect a professionally narrated book to be ... professionally narrated.

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  • MS
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  • 03-04-17

Wonderful text, poor deliver.

Narrator (an actor) reads quickly, and makes the Buddha sound patronizing throughout. I was disappointed.

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Performed by a robot

I absolutely do not believe that this is read by a person, it must be a robot.

This is the first audiobook out of hundreds that I just.could.not.finish. Awful reading.

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Greatest book ever

This book provides the clearest and most direct exposition of the Dhamma in existence (to my knowledge) in the English language. The translation is brilliant and presents the Suttas in the most accessible terms I have encountered. Bikkhu Bodhi's commentary is similarly brilliant and accessible. If I could have only one book in the world, it would be this one. I plan on listening to this book many more times. It removes so much of the filters and biases you get from reading other Dhamma teachings and cuts to the core of what the Buddha actually taught. My only criticism is of the reader's Pali pronunciation, but that is probably just because I'm used to the Thai renderings of Pali terms.

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know what you're buying

A terrific resource for those with deep interest in early Buddhism. Most likely very boring for those without.

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Not a text for beginners

Narrator Fajer Al-Kaisi has a difficult task in trying to make this work lively; it is dense, presumes a fair bit of knowledge of Buddhist terminology, and Bhikkhu Bodhi has decided to retain much of the repetitiveness in the original texts.

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wonderful if new to Buddhism or otherwise

Newer to Buddhism or long time practioners can enjoy and appreciate basically any breakdown by Bikkhu Bodhi. wonderful, thorough and easy to follow. Plenty of sutta excerpts also

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  • Jason
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  • 06-29-18

Source Code of Buddhism

I think we are very fortunate to have Bhikkhu Bodhi translating the discourses from the Pali Canon because this as close as possible we can come to Buddha teachings. To me, this is the source code of Buddhism. I wish there would be more of Bhikkhu Bodhi translations from the Pali Canon on audible. I have the books but I love to listen to them too. This one is a gem in both formats.

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Dense read

dense but very good information I would recommend to the intellectual Buddhist not someone just starting

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  • Devin Ashwood
  • 03-05-17

Great!

A good selection of early buddhist texts beautifully read. Abridgements were also useful in keeping it brief.

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  • SJRod
  • 07-03-17

Excellent

Excellent rendition. I really enjoyed and followed along in the book on my Kindle. I hope you do the whole series.

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  • kim d
  • 12-30-17

very informative I would listen again

loved it. so much information. great pace able to put down and pick up again easily

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-30-18

amazing! for fans of the pali canon!

Amazing selection of suttas from the pali canon, phenomenal translations that bring the historical Buddha’s words to light in ways i’ve never experienced, Bikkhu Bodhi is the greatest living translator of the buddhist pali canon, being able to hear his work is a profound blessing to all of us on the path. Bikkhu Bodhi’s commentary on the suttas is profound and illuminating. Also amazing narration, paced well so one can truly take these profound words deep into their heart-mind. This is a relatively hardcore dhamma book so it’s understandable that others have found it difficult to understand but if you are already on the path and wish to deepen your knowledge and practice then this book will undoubtedly helps you tremendously as it has helped me. It is primarily translations of Suttas, so if you’re ready to approach Theravadan Buddhism from its earliest inceptions you are going to love this. Bikkhu Bodhi creates a structure for the dhamma that is novel and incredibly useful in seeing the entire dhamma.
I am just about to go on a month long silent meditation retreat and listening to this amazing selection of suttas will be an invaluable resource for me to draw upon as i deepen my practice.
Thankyou Bikkhu Bodhi, thankyou wisdom publications.
Get this book now!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-16-18

Complete gobbledegook

Repetitive incoherent nonsense. Maybe it’s the translation but this book makes no sense at all. Maybe that’s Buddhism or maybe just this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-12-18

The narration ruined it for me

I have great respect for Bhikkhu Bodhi's work, but could not get into this because of the narration. I made several attempts. Whilst the English is very clearly enunciated, the narrator's voice is flat and uninteresting.
This work is littered with Pali terms with which the narrator seems to be completely unfamiliar. As a result they are often pronounced haltingly and erratically. It seems to me a clear lack of research on the narrator's part, a 'good enough' approach.
I'm sure for others none of the above will be a problem, but for me I'm going to buy a hard edition.

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