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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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  • Yetanotherguy
  • 08-12-2019

I can't believe it's FINALLY an audible book!

I read this one, just listening to it now. I find some humor in someone complaining about the speaker and some mispronunciations, likely it was the irritation of the wrong color on the graphic and the wrong font set them off. To the person who made the comment, please know I'm not laughing at you.. it's at me because it sounds like something I might say before I realize what words are coming out of my mouth.

It's the Dhamma.. it just works and the reader is competent. Maybe your ears heard the sound but it all stopped there.

This is the smallest of the Nikayas, Yet it's still a really huge book and I give the reader thanks as I think few could deal with doing a reading this long. I've been very satisfied with what I have heard so far. I look forward to the day when all the Nikayas are on audio.. it's a great blessing. As I get older and older, and my eyes wear out. I'm only 1/2 through all the Nikayas and its' been 3 years, my eyes have gotten worse ( not from reading the Nikayas but from age). Please try to complete the other Nikayas if you can.

Anumodana.

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  • Palinurus
  • 12-10-2019

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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  • Anonymous
  • 15-06-2020

great translation of a great text

far too few classics from indian traditions are available on audible. too many are dharma commentaries written by white people for white people. not primary texts.

far too few of those indian classics on audible are reliable translations. too many of the translations on audible were done by scholars in the 1800s that aren't reliable for students.

this is an authoritative translation from one of the foundational texts in the buddhist canon.

if only we could be blessed with more like this

(the reviewer here who claims this isn't a translation is wrong. the audio begins with an introduction and commentary. as it is in the printed version of the book. the reading of the translation of the text begins after the introductory materials. if you don't want to listen to the introduction, you can skip it.)

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  • Verre
  • 20-10-2020

Hang in there!

One of the reviews I read before I started listening complained that this wasn't the real text, but they might have been confused by the introduction. How long could the introduction possibly be, you might wonder? I wondered that too... none of the reviews specified... and kept wondering... and listening... and wondering... and now, at 2:17:30, I finally have the answer!

It was an informative introduction, if somewhat dry and lengthy, and I'm very pleased to finally reach the translation. Although a more responsible person would listen to the remainder of the 45 hours before writing a review, I expect this will take me several years (I listen to lots of different books in small rotational increments). I've already heard enough already to attest that I find the voice of the narrator very pleasant, enough to sit through to the whole two-hour-plus highly technical introduction without skipping ahead, so I'm looking forward to the rest!

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  • Micah J. Hall
  • 13-01-2020

The wisdom of 25 centuries

This is a real gift to the world, access to the teachings in easily-accessible audio. Marvellous.

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  • Partha
  • 31-05-2020

issues w/translation but appreciative

i want audible to post other translations of the majjhima nikayas... there are issues with the translation but overall appreciative of the material available.

the procedure for reading this book is the classic method- multiple, understanding each sutta indvidually as well as part of the larger framework. i guess, that i will need at least 5-6 listenings to develop a nuanced understanding of the subjet

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  • AGrigorov
  • 16-09-2019

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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  • JΔS✪N JΞSKΞ
  • 29-04-2021

Superb Translation

A great companion to the written translations you can listen to anywhere. I hope all the Discourses will be converted into audiobooks. Simply superb.

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  • KKumar
  • 08-01-2021

Great Book and Great Narration

Buddhist teachings with great narration. Glad that audio book was created for this. Thank You!

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  • Ryan
  • 08-08-2020

I love this, please the rest of them!

Thank you so much for this! Please do the rest of the Nikaya's this is such a gem. Anumodana.

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  • Tout en chantant
  • 30-09-2019

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-09-2019

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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  • Dave Kinsella
  • 06-08-2020

Strange book. Mixed feelings about it.

What attracts me to Eastern philosophy is the supposed move away from mental delusion to full acceptance of reality, but I find weird contradictions here, which I feel are due to the Buddha's insights becoming a religion. I am not convinced the Buddha gave many of these teachings and commands. I have a strong suspicion that just like all other religions from East and West, they have been added to by less enlightened individuals who are far more concerned with coercing people into their religion and keeping them there with threats of hell, proving various "heretics" are wrong etc. All this talk of various states of the afterlife and of reincarnation are just as faith based any talk of resurrections or trinities and so on.

We see the same thing in Taoism. What started out as clear insight became muddled over centuries with superstition, factions, dogma. I don't believe there was anything supernatural about the Buddha and my suspicion is that he was an agnostic at best. I'm sure he gave his followers some sage wisdom and maybe even a code of conduct based off of this, but this work is just full of additional stuff, the same way the Bible is.

I'll stick with the Tao Te Ching, the Zhuangzi, some Zen/Chen writings and the Dhammapada. Rumi is also very good, even if I have to allegorize some of what he perhaps meant literally about Allah and so forth. And I'll leave this text to the "orthodox" Buddhist religious folk out there (though from my Christian days I am convinced no two Buddhists will agree on everything they read in here either.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-02-2020

Delighted

This has not only made my day, but also my year, I can now throw away all my other ‘Dhamma’ audiobooks. I have been waiting for these Suttas to become available via audible and cannot believe they finally are. What a task to record all these Suttas for the benefit of others. Thankyou so much and please make the other Ven. Bodhi sutta translations (Digha, Samyutta and Anguttara) available in the future.

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  • Ñanasami
  • 06-04-2020

Sadhu! sadhu! sadhu

Thank you so much for recording Buddha's teachings especially the Majjhima nikaya. pls record the other nikayas :)

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  • Udo Marquardt
  • 15-03-2021

does not name each chapter,

would be good if the chapters were named and not just numbered, so one gets an overview and can skip to chapter

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  • Maureen Armstrong
  • 25-01-2021

Exhausting

This absolutely bored me to tears. I cosider this a waste of time and money

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