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Gautama Buddha

The Life and Teachings of the Awakened One
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
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While many accounts of the Buddha’s life mix legend and history, this compelling new biography discriminates between fact and fiction to reveal Gautama, the remarkable human being behind the myth, and sheds new light on his teachings.

Plunging us into the noises, smells and jostling streets of Gautama’s world, Vishvapani Blomfield brings the Buddha to life as a passionate and determined individual - a strikingly modern figure who rejected contemporary beliefs and found his own answers by mastering his mind. Even after he gained enlightenment and became the Buddha (the "Awakened One"), Gautama experienced struggles as well as triumphs as he trod India’s dusty paths.

Vishvapani shows how he sought to establish a community of practitioners amid his society’s divided culture and perilous politics and how the ideas that became the Buddhist teachings grew from Gautama’s efforts to address the needs and beliefs of his listeners. Drawing on years of meticulous research into original sources, Gautama Buddha takes us to within touching distance of one of history’s greatest figures.

©2011 Vishvapani Blomfield (P)2015 Ukemi Productions Ltd

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"Master of clariety and simplicity, Vishvapani presents throught the life of the Buddha an understanding of Buddhism of immense relevance to the way we live now." (Dorothy Rowe)

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Blessed book of peace, love, joy and wisdom.

I never written a review before but this book captivated me from the start.

A wonderful story brought to life by Jonathan Keeble.

I've gained a deeper understanding of the roots of Buddhism, of peace, love and joyful wisdom.

I couldn't put it down. It was vivid and informative and pleasure to listen to all the way through.

Out of my 152 audio books this is the best one I've listened to so far.

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A supberbly written history of Gautama Buddha

I’ve read a few bookson Buddha. However this is the best of the best. Wonderfully researched and magnificently read by Jonathan Keeble, who bring the book alive with his tone and diction

Loved it

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A deeper understanding

This book/audio book gives a deep insight into the life of Buddha and addresses queries some may have. A long listen - but well worth it for anyone wishing a deeper understanding

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Gautam Buddha !!!

An outstanding audiobook-grateful beyond words to Vishapani Bloomfield and Amazon !!!!
Most highly recommended .
Beautifully narrated and Ansotegi clarity all along.

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Awesome book! Must read (or listen to on Audible)

Awesome book! Must read. This book provides a complete new way of looking at Buddha....not as a mystic but as a human being....one of the greatest human beings ever lived on our planet.

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pure joy

Every night I looked forward to listening to the story full of great information and inspiring spiritual nuggets.

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  • Sunil Mumbai
  • 07-03-19

Brilliant book and excellent narration!

This audiobook has all that I was looking for - history and life of the Buddha, interpretations of his teachings, history of Buddhism and its spread across Asia. The author describes himself as a practising Buddhist, but is careful to separate out historical facts from legends and myths that could have crept into the literature over time. Thus, we get a nearly objective history of the religion from someone within the religion - a difficult feat! I am an Indian, and am pleasantly surprised by the narrator’s grasp over names of places and people here that could normally be tongue twisters to westerners.
Would highly suggest keeping a map of North India handy and trace the journeys of the Buddha though various cities of North India.

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  • Jan
  • 03-03-20

Thorough and inspiring

A very thorough, down to earth yet at the same time inspiring book. The material seems very well researched and presented in a concise and easy to grasp way.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 22-01-20

Great book about the Buddha

A pleasant surprise. I would almost call it a biography as much as it is possible to write one about the Tathāgata. Unassuming, the author does a pretty good job of presenting his life in an chronological and contextual manner. You get a vivid picture of the man, the teacher and the Buddha.