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In the Buddha's Words

An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon
Narrated by: Fajer Al-Kaisi
Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
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This landmark collection is the definitive introduction to the Buddha's teachings - in his own words. The American scholar-monk Bhikkhu Bodhi, whose voluminous translations have won widespread acclaim, here presents selected discourses of the Buddha from the Pali Canon, the earliest record of what the Buddha taught. Divided into 10 thematic chapters, In the Buddha's Words reveals the full scope of the Buddha's discourses, from family life and marriage to renunciation and the path of insight. A concise, informative introduction precedes each chapter, guiding the listener toward a deeper understanding of the texts that follow.

In the Buddha's Words allows even listeners unacquainted with Buddhism to grasp the significance of the Buddha's contributions to our world heritage. Taken as a whole, these texts bear eloquent testimony to the breadth and intelligence of the Buddha's teachings, and point the way to an ancient, yet ever-vital path. Students and seekers alike will find this systematic presentation indispensable.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2005 Bhikkhu Bodhi (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
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Great!

A good selection of early buddhist texts beautifully read. Abridgements were also useful in keeping it brief.

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Excellent

Excellent rendition. I really enjoyed and followed along in the book on my Kindle. I hope you do the whole series.

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very informative I would listen again

loved it. so much information. great pace able to put down and pick up again easily

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Disappointed

First of all, I was expecting an anthology if discourses from the pali canon but there was more commentary from the author on the suttas than the suttas themselves. Also the reader should've familiarized himself with the pronunciation of Pali rather than make things up as he went.

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  • Jonny
  • 18-08-17

Engaging,thought provoking,great guide book.

I found this very easy to digest and put into my mind for contemplating the discourses.
It is an invaluable book which for myself I feel I have to listen too again and possibly again to keep digesting as my knowledge and practice grows.
Fantastic work by Bikkhu Bodhi.

I listened to this book after the 3 Joseph Goldstein Mindfulness volumes. Now I am leaning back towards purchasing a Stephen Batchelor book to further my studies. Or re listening too Rethinking the Dharma for a secular age. Complimented by a Bodhi college
4 noble truths course.



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  • MS
  • 04-03-17

Wonderful text, poor deliver.

Narrator (an actor) reads quickly, and makes the Buddha sound patronizing throughout. I was disappointed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-08-17

Poor pronunciation

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The mispronunciation of common Pali words was very distracting. It sounded like the actor was reading some of the words for the first time. Often he sounded as if he was sounding out the word. Words such as Tathagata is barely recognizable. The same can be said of some of the names of Nikayas, especially Majjhima and Aṅguttara. I would expect a professionally narrated book to be ... professionally narrated.

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  • David B
  • 11-11-19

The content is great, the narration does not fit.

The content of this book is very good but the choice of narrator is very odd. His tone is odd for the subject and there was no effort to learn proper pronunciation of even the most common Pali words repeated throughout the text. The written version is better, though it is good to have an audio version of this book for travel and passive listening. Hopefully someday it can be re-recorded with a more fitting narrator.

Listen to the preview knowing that it is an optimal sample. If that preview bothers you, don’t buy the audio book.

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  • Michael A. Gettier
  • 21-12-17

Performed by a robot

I absolutely do not believe that this is read by a person, it must be a robot.

This is the first audiobook out of hundreds that I just.could.not.finish. Awful reading.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-10-17

Great performance!

This is the best performance I have ever heard. The narrator does not overdo it nor 'underdo' it, has great poise, & has a voice that matches the content well. This is also an invaluable book that gives you excerpts of the most reliable 'words' of the historical Buddha (and also explains why this is so).

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  • David S
  • 19-04-17

Greatest book ever

This book provides the clearest and most direct exposition of the Dhamma in existence (to my knowledge) in the English language. The translation is brilliant and presents the Suttas in the most accessible terms I have encountered. Bikkhu Bodhi's commentary is similarly brilliant and accessible. If I could have only one book in the world, it would be this one. I plan on listening to this book many more times. It removes so much of the filters and biases you get from reading other Dhamma teachings and cuts to the core of what the Buddha actually taught. My only criticism is of the reader's Pali pronunciation, but that is probably just because I'm used to the Thai renderings of Pali terms.

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  • Chris Rogers
  • 04-08-19

phenomenal and soothing

I enjoyed both the selection and narration. This is worth your time and money. Everything else is shit.

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  • Andrew
  • 18-03-17

know what you're buying

A terrific resource for those with deep interest in early Buddhism. Most likely very boring for those without.

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  • Mark Hauck
  • 19-09-19

Warning : Heavy scholarly decision minutiae.

The first 4 chapters are about the authors decision making process. Fire your editor dude. I listened for about 45 minutes and never heard a thing the Buddha said. I did hear the author mention that repetitive recapping by the Buddha was excised by the author. Managed to hear that through my snores because the author was repeating himself. Wait, so the Buddah gets edited down so that the author has more room to repeat himself... You picking up what I'm putting down. Yeah, I'm embarrassed I did it, but i dont think the author is.
I cannot say enough bad things about this book. Stay away. I got the impression the author was trying to insert himself and his views. That this interpretation of a prior translation is his legacy and you need to know how important he is.
Buried somewhere in this tome might be the Buddas own words, but after 45 minutes I never heard one.

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