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The Eightfold Path is the most widely known formulation of the Buddha's teaching. It is ancient, reaching back to the Buddha's very first discourse, and it is highly venerated as a unique treasury of wisdom and practical guidance. The teaching of the Eightfold Path challenges us to grasp the implications of that vision, and asks us to transform ourselves in its light. Like the teaching itself, this work covers every aspect of life.

©2006 Urgyen Sangharaskhita (P)2006 Naxos AudioBooks

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As an amateur Buddhist student and practitioner I've done a fair amount of study on the topic, and I must say that this audiobook has offered the most clear, interesting, and inspiring explanation of the Noble Eightfold Path that I've come across. The author takes us far beyond the conventional ways in which most of us learn about the path, giving a much more profound (and correct) interpretation of each of the eight steps. I now have a much greater understanding of the path, and of Buddhism itself. I highly recommend this to both students and practitioners of all levels.

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Written for Westerners

If you could sum up Buddha's Noble Eightfold Path in three words, what would they be?

Clear, crisp, concise

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Buddah, of course.

Which character – as performed by Kulananda – was your favorite?

The waistral who learned compassion.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really. Too much to absorb. Needed to stop and think about it in portions to better savor it.

Any additional comments?

Too bad it's not in book format.

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no skillful person uses the word 'Hinayana'

What would have made Buddha's Noble Eightfold Path better?

if Buddhists had fightin' words, they would have but one, and it would be, "Hinayana." anyone who refers to any Buddhist path as "Hinayana" demonstrates a lack of awareness not only of Buddhist principles, but of right conduct even for non-Buddhists. to refer to any path as "Hinayana" is to disparage it (however unwittingly - that is, out of however much ignorance). to use that word as a descriptor is to look down one's nose at the path so described, and s/he who looks down her/his nose at anyone else's path demonstrates only that they have very much yet to learn.

Has Buddha's Noble Eightfold Path turned you off from other books in this genre?

of course not.

What does Kulananda bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

he's got a lovely, gravelly voice with a nice British (or something) accent. his vocal inflections indicate to me that he might share the author's disdain for some Buddhist paths; this could be because he does, or it could just be because he's a damn good reader. i'm not sure which it is.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Buddha's Noble Eightfold Path?

i might have cut the disrespectful, disdainful word "Hinayana." but that would probably only have served to mask the author's underlying disrespect and disdain.

Any additional comments?

i think that about says it.

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Masterful

Many profound insights contained in this eloquent exposition of the eightfold way. Strong balance of breadth and depth and everyday applicability.

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Very good introduction

Youbhqve to be interesting to want to listen but a very good into the topic

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Loved!

I really enjoyed being able to listen to this in the car. The reader was quite pleasant.

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lvue this book

I learn something new every time I listen to this book it is a little jewel.

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Good insights

This is a good insight into Buddhist beliefs and a good explanation of the precepts. Would be useful for those wishing to pursue these beliefs as well as those studying out of academic curiosity.

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Next level of understanding.

Good information. Presented very well. There are many considerations. Nice to have such wise explanations.

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Very Insightful

An eye-opener for a beginning practitioner struggling to get on the Path. Profound, comprehensive, logical and concise

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  • 10-28-11

Informative, and well-informed - well worth it.

So many books about buddhism seem to be in the live lecture format. Part of the reason that I chose this was that it is not in this format.

This is a proper book. It is read at a sensible pace, free of extended pauses.

Most importantly this book refers to aspects of teaching from various schools of Buddhism. There is content here and plenty of it.

The writing is skillful, precise, and economical.

I will definitely listen to these five hours again. What better reccomendation is there than that?

Brilliant.

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  • slipperychimp
  • 06-24-19

Does what it says on the tin

A no-fluff guide to the 8-fold path, a little dry and I lost focus in parts, but it's not trying to be an entertainment book, it's more like a text book, setting out the path in a clear way so even laymen like me can follow it. Recommended.

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  • Sam
  • 04-24-21

Good but flawed

His imperious tone, and the unfalsifiable stuff about psychological evolution, both put me off. Overall good and worthwhile however. Very practical and accessible, which is important. At times funny.

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  • hopkinsa
  • 06-25-17

An informative insight

A good mix of thorough knowledge and basic explanation, technical terms and basic understanding. It has a well reasoned structure but as an audio book, sometimes difficult to grasp all the Sanskrit content.