Teachings of the Buddha

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This treasury of essential Buddhist writings draws from the most popular Indian, Tibetan, Chinese, and Japanese sources. Among the selections are some of the earliest recorded sayings of the Buddha on the practice of freedom, passages from later Indian scriptures on the perfection of wisdom, verses from Tibetan masters on the enlightened mind, and songs in praise of meditation by Zen teachers. The audiobook also includes traditional instruction on how to practice sitting meditation, cultivate calm awareness, and live with compassion. Jack Kornfield, one of the most respected American Buddhist teachers, has compiled these teachings to impart the essence and inspiration of Buddhism to listeners of all spiritual traditions.

A Dedication and Editor’s Preface are included, narrated by Jack Kornfield.

©1993, 1996 Jack Kornfield (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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A book that necess focus

A book that necessitates focus. I listen to books at my media job, and I found myself easily distracted and needing to rewind often. A narrative you can catch up with through context, but the teachings come in small pieces and I may have missed some great content. That which I did take away was very beautiful and set me on the path to enlightenment.

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Powerful Words

What did you love best about Teachings of the Buddha?

It's a collection of pithy sayings that can distend one's mind. They can be read in minutes but can nurture thoughts that span days.

Which scene was your favorite?

The story of the goddess that swaps identities

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This book goes straight to what it advertises to be about. It doesn't have extraneous comments and feeds you teachings that can reorient many of your approaches to and understanding of life and/or yourself.

It's needless to say that this is a book to be listened to several times. It is a great collection of inspirational ideas.

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Basics of Humanity

It is simple entertaining informative. Every person should listen to it once at least once.

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Loved it!!!

Loved it and highly recommend it to anyone and everybody! Valuable teachings and great wisdom. Will keep it and listen to it again and again. Enjoy! 💕

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Content good - but narration disappointing

The contents of this book are essential and core to Buddhist teachings and understanding. Mr. Kornfield has found some really outstanding translations of original Buddhist texts, and writings from other Buddhist scholars.
But - I was really disappointed in the narration. Mr. Ballerini seemed to be speeding through the texts. He did not slow down and emphasize any of the important parts, and he did not pronounce the old sanskrit and pali correctly.
I wanted better!

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Exactly what I was looking for

A carefully selected group of Buddha and Bodhisattva sayings. Read expertly, soothing and provoking at the same time. Love it.

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A great collection...

A great collection of the Buddha's teachings. The reader is very calming so don't listen and drive lol.

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Important

short introduction by jack, then the teachings are read by another man, who is not as polished as mr. kornfield. the information found in this book/reading is invaluable. this book and after the ecstasy the laundry have illuminated my mind/life. Empty Empty - Happy Happy

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soothing voice

the narration is always so important to balance the tale. well done. have a listen and learn something.

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amazing collection

wonderful collection! Especially if you are trying to find something with Sarah vodka and Mayana along with some Tibetan works. Great listen decent links for the price also I wish there was four and a half Stars just because I would like more!

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  • 06-01-18

Good translation

excellent content and form! I like it. got to learn it one by my one.