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Jinananda

General interest in Buddhism has never been higher. The story and teachings of a man who lived 2,500 years ago have a special resonance for us today, perhaps because he taught a way of life that was not based on belief in a creator god but rather on personal experience. ‘Test my words for yourself,’ he said. But what lies behind those distinctive images of the Buddha, seated with unshakeable poise, with eyes half-closed and a slight smile? How did Buddhism develop, from the austere style which governed the life of the yellow-robed monks in ancient India to the more colourful, even magical expression of Tibet? And where does Zen fit in? In The Middle Way, Jinananda, a Western-born Buddhist, divides the subject into The Three Jewels – The Buddha (a life of the historical figure), The Dharma (an account of the fundamental teachings) and The Sangha (the disciples, both lay and monastic throughout the world). With extracts from some of main sutras, Jinananda explains the key concepts that lie behind a system of thought and behaviour which, like the universe itself, is continuously expanding.

General interest in Buddhism has never been higher. The story and teachings of a man who lived 2,500 years ago have a special resonance for us today, perhaps because he taught a way of life that was not based on belief in a creator god but rather on personal experience. ‘Test my words for yourself,’ he said. But what lies behind those distinctive images of the Buddha, seated with unshakeable poise, with eyes half-closed and a slight smile? How did Buddhism develop, from the austere style which governed the life of the yellow-robed monks in ancient India to the more colourful, even magical expression of Tibet? And where does Zen fit in? In The Middle Way, Jinananda, a Western-born Buddhist, divides the subject into The Three Jewels – The Buddha (a life of the historical figure), The Dharma (an account of the fundamental teachings) and The Sangha (the disciples, both lay and monastic throughout the world). With extracts from some of main sutras, Jinananda explains the key concepts that lie behind a system of thought and behaviour which, like the universe itself, is continuously expanding.
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Genres:

Buddhism

Description:

General interest in Buddhism has never been higher. The story and teachings of a man who lived 2,500 years ago have a special resonance for us today, perhaps because he taught a way of life that was not based on belief in a creator god but rather on personal experience. ‘Test my words for yourself,’ he said. But what lies behind those distinctive images of the Buddha, seated with unshakeable poise, with eyes half-closed and a slight smile? How did Buddhism develop, from the austere style which governed the life of the yellow-robed monks in ancient India to the more colourful, even magical expression of Tibet? And where does Zen fit in? In The Middle Way, Jinananda, a Western-born Buddhist, divides the subject into The Three Jewels – The Buddha (a life of the historical figure), The Dharma (an account of the fundamental teachings) and The Sangha (the disciples, both lay and monastic throughout the world). With extracts from some of main sutras, Jinananda explains the key concepts that lie behind a system of thought and behaviour which, like the universe itself, is continuously expanding.

Language:

English

Narrators:

David Timson, Anton Lesser, Heathcote Williams

Length:

3h 56m


Chapters

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05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:19


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:46


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:56


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:54


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:23


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

10:49


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:02


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:08


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:01


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

09:21


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:06


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:39


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:08


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:46


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:12


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

02:08


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:17


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:32


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:53


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:08


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:58


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:23


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:44


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

01:29


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

01:06


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:33


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:25


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

01:50


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:27


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

02:35


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

00:27


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:44


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:23


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

01:36


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

02:40


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:40


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

02:35


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:24


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:53


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:29


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:40


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

02:11


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:07


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

01:12


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

02:35


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:18


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:13


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

00:33


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

02:34


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

02:01


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:38


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:23


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:13


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

00:35


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

02:18


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

09:48


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

02:22