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This treasury of essential Buddhist writings draws from the most popular Indian, Tibetan, Chinese, and Japanese sources. Among the selections are some of the earliest recorded sayings of the Buddha on the practice of freedom, passages from later Indian scriptures on the perfection of wisdom, verses from Tibetan masters on the enlightened mind, and songs in praise of meditation by Zen teachers. The audiobook also includes traditional instruction on how to practice sitting meditation, cultivate calm awareness, and live with compassion. Jack Kornfield, one of the most respected American Buddhist teachers, has compiled these teachings to impart the essence and inspiration of Buddhism to listeners of all spiritual traditions.

A Dedication and Editor’s Preface are included, narrated by Jack Kornfield.

©1993, 1996 Jack Kornfield (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Good translation

excellent content and form! I like it. got to learn it one by my one.

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  • Ricardo
  • 15-04-2016

A book that necess focus

A book that necessitates focus. I listen to books at my media job, and I found myself easily distracted and needing to rewind often. A narrative you can catch up with through context, but the teachings come in small pieces and I may have missed some great content. That which I did take away was very beautiful and set me on the path to enlightenment.

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  • Ernest Kiwele
  • 11-04-2016

Powerful Words

What did you love best about Teachings of the Buddha?

It's a collection of pithy sayings that can distend one's mind. They can be read in minutes but can nurture thoughts that span days.

Which scene was your favorite?

The story of the goddess that swaps identities

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This book goes straight to what it advertises to be about. It doesn't have extraneous comments and feeds you teachings that can reorient many of your approaches to and understanding of life and/or yourself.

It's needless to say that this is a book to be listened to several times. It is a great collection of inspirational ideas.

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  • J.C.
  • 16-03-2015

Basics of Humanity

It is simple entertaining informative. Every person should listen to it once at least once.

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  • Miles R. Stover
  • 22-11-2020

Tedious to listen to.

Jack Kornfeld usually does excellent work. This is put together for the sake of having another title on his resume. Shame on him..

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  • Blake
  • 03-11-2020

short and simple but powerful

pulls from many different sources to explain and enlighten the listener on the teachings of Buddha and mindfulness.

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  • Brian
  • 23-10-2020

Truly excellent compilation

An amazing and succinct compilation of the Buddha's teachings. Not too long, not too short, each delivery is on point.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-10-2020

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i love this book. i will be listening often. repeating each lesson. they are wonderful

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  • Bradley Thomas May
  • 01-10-2020

Marvelous book

This book is extremely enlightening and I have a much better understanding of the teachings of the Buddha now as well.

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  • William Benson
  • 26-09-2020

very good 👍

I thought it covered the topic well and was informative. to cover the topic of buddhism is hard but so too would be any religion.

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  • Mr Dangerous
  • 26-08-2020

In simple terms...

This is a good beginners book. Generally possible to understand. A good short intro to all of this. Good reading by the narrator.

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