The Eightfold Path is the most widely known formulation of the Buddha's teaching. It is ancient, reaching back to the Buddha's very first discourse, and it is highly venerated as a unique treasury of wisdom and practical guidance. The teaching of the Eightfold Path challenges us to grasp the implications of that vision, and asks us to transform ourselves in its light. Like the teaching itself, this work covers every aspect of life.
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©2006 Urgyen Sangharaskhita (P)2006 Naxos AudioBooks
"'Cease to be evil, learn to do good, purify the heart.' Sounds simple, doesn't it? Yet the Buddhist path to enlightenment, as this fascinating work informs us, is fraught with the distractions of 'mundane conditioned existence.' Sangharakshita spent 20 years in India before returning to Britain to found the Western Buddhist Order, its mission to make the creed accessible to his compatriots. So while this text, read with calm authority by a member of the order, is a scholarly distillation of many strands of teaching, it is also probably the best 'life coaching' manual you'll ever read, the key to living with clarity and awareness. Only follow the path, advised the Buddha, and you will be free." (The Sunday Times)
So many books about buddhism seem to be in the live lecture format. Part of the reason that I chose this was that it is not in this format.
This is a proper book. It is read at a sensible pace, free of extended pauses.
Most importantly this book refers to aspects of teaching from various schools of Buddhism. There is content here and plenty of it.
The writing is skillful, precise, and economical.
I will definitely listen to these five hours again. What better reccomendation is there than that?
As an amateur Buddhist student and practitioner I've done a fair amount of study on the topic, and I must say that this audiobook has offered the most clear, interesting, and inspiring explanation of the Noble Eightfold Path that I've come across. The author takes us far beyond the conventional ways in which most of us learn about the path, giving a much more profound (and correct) interpretation of each of the eight steps. I now have a much greater understanding of the path, and of Buddhism itself. I highly recommend this to both students and practitioners of all levels.
"Written for Westerners"
Clear, crisp, concise
The Buddah, of course.
The waistral who learned compassion.
Not really. Too much to absorb. Needed to stop and think about it in portions to better savor it.
Too bad it's not in book format.
"My first book on Buddhism."
It changed our life.
Urgyen knows the path and guided us towards ours.
Kulananda exceptionally delivered a jewel.
"Next level of understanding."
Good information. Presented very well. There are many considerations. Nice to have such wise explanations.
An eye-opener for a beginning practitioner struggling to get on the Path. Profound, comprehensive, logical and concise
"A great and transformational work"
I have now completed my 2nd full listening of this work, and will start again. After my morning meditation I listen to this work for 15 minutes. In order to fully understand and actualize the teachings as laid out, to follow this path, one must constantly strive to dig deep into this way of approaching life and integrating these teachings into our daily existence in our attempt to live an unconditioned life. This work is a tremendous help in guidance toward that goal.
"no skillful person uses the word 'Hinayana'"
if Buddhists had fightin' words, they would have but one, and it would be, "Hinayana." anyone who refers to any Buddhist path as "Hinayana" demonstrates a lack of awareness not only of Buddhist principles, but of right conduct even for non-Buddhists. to refer to any path as "Hinayana" is to disparage it (however unwittingly - that is, out of however much ignorance). to use that word as a descriptor is to look down one's nose at the path so described, and s/he who looks down her/his nose at anyone else's path demonstrates only that they have very much yet to learn.
of course not.
he's got a lovely, gravelly voice with a nice British (or something) accent. his vocal inflections indicate to me that he might share the author's disdain for some Buddhist paths; this could be because he does, or it could just be because he's a damn good reader. i'm not sure which it is.
i might have cut the disrespectful, disdainful word "Hinayana." but that would probably only have served to mask the author's underlying disrespect and disdain.
i think that about says it.
The information contained within was somewhat new, but presented in a slightly muddled manner.
The story wasn't interesting, although it was slightly informative.
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