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The Life of the Buddha

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This unique biography, told in a lively manner through six 'voices', presents the Buddha's revolutionary solution for humanity that lends to the end of ill will, craving and delusion.

It goes back to the earliest sources of the Buddha's life and teachings, drawing as it does from the Pali Canon which was said to record the words that the Buddha spoke, the events that happened, and his specific teachings on which the world-wide religion was based.

It is an absorbing, edifying and even entertaining collection of reportage, myths, wisdom, kindness, human insight - and decisiveness. For 45 years after his enlightenment he walked around North-Eastern India, encountering and teaching kings, courtesans, matted-hair ascetics, murderers, men and women on spiritual quests - and many ordinary people living ordinary lives in 5th century BCE, but who were grateful for his compassion and advice.

Sometimes he teaches through rich metaphors. Sometimes he teaches through scientific analyses of mental states. In one tender moment, he helps his own son, Rahula, to gain enlightenment. The Buddha was not only clear about life, and how, and why, it should be lived, but endeavoured to create a practical framework that monks, nuns and laymen and laywomen could follow to 'disentangle the tangle' and reach enlightenment.

Not a god or a divine, but a truly remarkable and fulfilled human being. Bhikkhu Ñanamoli's remarkable work - an innovative biography that has become a classic treasured by Buddhists of all traditions - speaks directly, giving us a flavour of what it was like to be around Siddhattha Gotama, the Buddha.

Bhikkhu Ñanamoli (Osbert Moore) was born in England in 1905 and graduated from Exeter College, Oxford. In 1948 he came to Sri Lanka to be ordained as a monk. During his 11 years as a monk, he translated some of the most difficult texts of Theravada Buddhism.

In The Life of the Buddha, however, he made the teachings accessible to all.

©1972 Buddhist Publication Society (P)2016 Ukemi Productions Ltd

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  • David Reimer
  • 26-04-2019

Fantastic performance great book five stars +++++

The best book I’ve listened to so far on this subject as it clarifies so many questions for anyone on the path to enlightenment on the origin of Buddhism and much much more. Highly recommend, especially for vipassana meditators or those interested in attending a vipassana retreat I.e. a modern day Sangha for householders. Lastly, this recording of the book was fantastically read and wonderful to listen to. Thank you.

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  • CrimsonArrow
  • 30-12-2017

Too many narrators

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There were too many people narrating the book which is sad, because it is a really great book.

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  • Elizabeth Renee Blue
  • 14-07-2019

HIghly engaging narration brings history to life

This book is one of the best audiobook renditions I’ve ever listened to. Given the didactic and Socratic nature of the presentation of the Buddha’s teaching life, the dramatic style makes it easy to follow the cast of characters and to readily distinguish between the different types of content. Great job!

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  • isaac
  • 30-06-2019

excellent

Having several narrators threw me off at first but I got used to it. In the end it was an incredibly inspiring and has the taste of Dhamma

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  • SJRod
  • 19-07-2017

Brilliant

Loved every minute and will listen again and again. So much. So well presented. This is a fitting tribute to The Buddha

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-11-2018

bhavadu sabba mangalam

This is a wonderful account of the life of the Buddha. May all who listen to it become established in Dhamma and share that merit. Thank you Bhikkhu Ñanamoli, Metta.