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The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha

A Translation of the Majjhima Nikāya
Narrated by: Taradasa
Length: 47 hrs and 22 mins
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This book offers a complete translation of the Majjhima Nikāya, or Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, one of the major collections of texts in the Pāli Canon, the authorised scriptures of Theravada Buddhism. This collection - among the oldest records of the historical Buddha's original teachings - consists of 152 suttas or discourses of middle length, distinguished as such from the longer and shorter suttas of the other collections. 

The Majjhima Nikaya might be concisely described as the Buddhist scripture that combines the richest variety of contextual settings with the deepest and most comprehensive assortment of teachings. These teachings, which range from basic ethics to instructions in meditation and liberating insight, unfold in a fascinating procession of scenarios that show the Buddha in living dialogue with people from many different strata of ancient Indian society: with kings and princes, priests and ascetics, simple villagers and erudite philosophers. Replete with drama, reasoned argument, and illuminating parable and simile, these discourses exhibit the Buddha in the full glory of his resplendent wisdom, majestic sublimity and compassionate humanity. 

The translation is based on an original draft translation left by the English scholar-monk Bhikkhu Ñānamoli, which has been edited and revised by the American monk Bhikkhu Bodhi, who provides a long introduction and helpful explanatory notes. Combining lucidity of expression with accuracy, this translation enables the Buddha to speak across 25 centuries in language that addresses the most pressing concerns of the contemporary listener seeking clarification of the timeless issues of truth, value and the proper conduct of life. Winner of the 1995 Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Book Award and the Tricycle Prize for Excellence in Buddhist Publishing for Dharma Discourse.

©1995 Bhikkhu Bodhi (P)2019 Ukemi Productions Ltd

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Absolutely wonderful

Absolutely wonderful recording of a beautiful text. This is such a treat and we are so very lucky to have it. Thank you and please make the other sutta collections also available as audible audiobooks!!

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A great achievement!

Goodness knows how much basic fidelity, generosity of spirit and, one suspects, love must go into producing a mammoth spiritual title like this, one of several from the generally excellent Dharma Audiobooks. I've no idea if and when it breaks even, is a loss-leader, or has any chance of being a surprise hit on Audible as the world goes audiobook mad. What I do know as a long-time Buddhist practitioner is that this is a superbly recorded and (whatever our vocal preferences) beautifully and carefully narrated rendering of the Majhima Nikaya. Taradasa's richly considered, finely weighted, English-voiced delivery is, for sure, different in some respects from American-accented recordings; but his pronunciations cleave firmly to Bikkhu Bodhi's own detailed recommendations and are, in my experience, spot-on when it comes to what many practising Buddhists are likely used to. His reading of English prose is pretty lovely too! 🙂

The Buddha's profound message comes alive here, and the gravity of his discourse (not heavy at all, but teaching that takes us, the listener, seriously) comes across in a way that builds as we engage. It's a chance to absorb Dharma that, let's face it, most of us will only ever dip in and out of in printed form. Now we have this - a glorious opportunity to engage in slightly bigger doses: regularly, daily even as a reflection, whenever we need perspectives that are necessarily bigger than our own.

One other splendid feature is the re-location of individual introductions to the suttas so each precedes the sutta it pertains to. This is a welcome change from some texts and audio versions where all the intros come one after the other, followed by all the texts. This is just one of numerous small pieces of thoughtful production that make this recording a genuine treasury for anyone who wants to take in the word of the Buddha (or as close as we're likely to get to it).

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  • Palinurus
  • 12-10-19

Excellent Reading

Preserved through oral transmission the Suttas lend themselves to being listened to as spoken sermons. Taradasa does a fine job in his presentation.

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  • AGrigorov
  • 16-09-19

Please bring back Fajer Al-Kaisi as narrator

Please bring back Fajer Al-Kaisi as narrator for the other Nikayas.
The guy narrating the Majjhima Nikāya drives me MAD with the constant mispronunciation of people's and place's names, it is utterly annoying.

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