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Twenty-four of the Buddha's most distinguished disciples are brought to life in ten chapters of rich narration. They include monks who were very close to him throughout his life, including Sariputta and Mahamoggallana; his cousin and companion Ananda; his principal women disciples, including the nun Isidasi and his lay disciple, the courtesan Ambapali; and the serial killer Angulimala, whose character was transformed after meeting the Buddha.

Drawn from a wide range of authentic Pali sources, the material in these stories has never before been assembled in a single volume. Through these engaging tales - incorporating both historical material and myth - we meet all manner of human beings - rich, poor, male, female, young, old - whose unique stories are told with an eye to the details of ordinary human concerns.

When heard with careful attention, these stories can sharpen our understanding of the Buddhist path by allowing us to contemplate the living portraits of the people who fulfilled the early Buddhist ideals of human perfection. Other characters include the nuns Nanda and Visakha and the monks Anuruddha and Mahakaccana.

Great Disciples of the Buddha allows the listener to easily place each student in the larger picture of Buddha's life and provides a glimpse into the lives and personalities of those who lived, knew and followed the Buddha as he walked the paths of India 2,500 years ago, teaching wherever he went.

©2003 Bhikkhu Bodhi (P)2016 Ukemi Productions Ltd

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Where it all began

This audiobook has helped me understand early Indian Buddhism better. Its long but well worth a listen.

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Great disciples of Buddha

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  • Blake Rampy
  • 05-01-17

Beautiful stories of Buddhism's earliest heroes

Loved it. The narration changes often enough to prevent narrator fatigue. The book is an absolute joy for any westerner interested in the early years of the Dhamma.

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  • Deb77
  • 02-03-19

Align with these Dhamma-followers.

Examples for us all. Meditate. Strive. Forgive. Awaken. namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa

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  • Francisco Garcia
  • 29-11-21

India's next top arahant

Best reality tv not on tv. Was not expecting Mahamogalala to turn out as an action hero. Angulimala redemption story was also very pleasant and musical. Plato speaks of great men having "the music". All these Bhikkus and their tales carry that harmony.

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  • Munair
  • 28-05-21

Save yourself some time…

This is a very solid introduction to Buddhism and the folks that adhere to the Buddha’s teaching. Start here before diving into the suttas.

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  • Jamie
  • 11-01-20

So grateful for these teachings!

This inspiring collection of stories about the Buddhist disciples delivered much more than I could ever have asked for. My understanding is deepened and my heart gladdened by these teachings. This book is great support for any traveler on the path. Sadhu. Sadhu. Sadhu.