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Publisher's Summary

Like the Tao Te Ching and the Bhagavad-Gita, this sacred text has guided the inner and outer lives of countless people in the art of living and the struggle for inner transformation. According to tradition, the words in The Dhammapada come directly from the mouth of Buddha. This translation in particular is among the most poetic and spiritually insightful. After it is read, Dr. Jacob Needleman presents his own essay, which compares Buddhism to other religions and explains the significance of The Dhammapada in Buddhism.
Recording (P)1994 by Audio Literature; Copyright ©1976 by Thomas Byron

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Excellent in its wisdom

While The wisdom and sayings are excellent. The reader is dry, mono-tone, and will actually start to put you to sleep.

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Wonderful sayings from the budda!

This audio book is just simply one of the BEST i have ever had the pleasure of listening to. It is HIGHLY recommended, it has plenty of concentrated wisdom of the budda in it. Trust me this audio is good.

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A Dhammapada That Speaks Directly to the Heart

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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Perfect

This collection of teachings wastes no words. I will listen to this audiobook over and over again without a doubt. The reader's voice is perfect for such a book, as it doesn't distract the listener in any way and allows one to focus solely on the words being read. I have a relatively large library of audiobooks and this is up there with the best audiobook experiences I've had yet. I'm glad I chose it.

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Great

I think the reader sounds fine and the material comes across very clearly.

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Whistling reader

I had to turn this off because the reader (or the equipment) made a very annoying whistling noise when reading.

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Terrible sound

This is the worst recording I've encountered on Audible. Most of the Audible recordings are very good. This is beyond bad. Every s or other sibilant sound hisses piercingly in your ear.

The content, if you can hear it, is excellent. The reader is probably pretty good, too, but how can you tell with all that racket going on?

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A gem

never mind the low price, this book is priceless.

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Greatest Book Ever Written

The Dhammapada is the greatest book ever written. Jacob Needleman's narration and afterword are superb.

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Brilliantly Done

I have been studying Buddhism for 17 years. Whether you just beginning or like myself, the translation and reading is extraordinary.