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The Buddha's Teaching As It Is

~ An Introductory Course ~

Ten Audio lectures in on the fundamentals of the Buddha’s Teaching, by Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi

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Bhikkhu Bodhi is an American Buddhist monk from New York City. Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1944, he obtained a BA in philosophy from Brooklyn College (1966) and a PhD in philosophy from Claremont Graduate School (1972).

Drawn to Buddhism in his early 20s, after completing his university studies he traveled to Sri Lanka, where he received novice ordination in 1972 and full ordination in 1973, both under the late Ven. Ananda Maitreya, the leading Sri Lankan scholar-monk of recent times.

He was appointed editor of the Buddhist Publication Society (in Sri Lanka) in 1984 and its president in 1988. Ven. Bodhi has many important publications to his credit, either as author, translator, or editor, including The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha — A Translation of the Majjhima Nikaya (co-translated with Ven. Bhikkhu Nanamoli, 1995) and The Connected Discourses of the Buddha — a New Translation of the Samyutta Nikaya (2000)

In May 2000 he gave the keynote address at the United Nations on its first official celebration of Vesak (the day of the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and passing away). He returned to the U.S. in 2002 and since July 2002 has been living and teaching at Bodhi Monastery. He is currently the president of the Sangha Council of Bodhi Monastery and the chairman of Yin Shun Foundation.

This course consists of 10 lectures on the fundamentals of the Buddha’s Teachings, the Dhamma:

The lectures explain the Dhamma from the perspective of Theravada Buddhism, the oldest continuous Buddhist school, whose scriptures, the Pali canon, give the most accurate picture of what the historical Buddha himself actually taught. The lectures are intended to be basic enough to be of value to beginners without previous study of the Dhamma, and deep and through enough to be of interest to long-term students seeking to extend and clarify their understanding.

Each lecture is in two parts, making a total of 20 tracks. Please note the large file sizes of the MP3s – so they can only be downloaded via a broadband connection.

• Lecture 1. The Buddha

[28,158 KB] (a) The Buddha [download] (MP3) Note: large file size
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• Lecture 2. The Four Noble Truths

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• Lecture 3. The True Nature of Existence

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• Lecture 4. Dependent Arising

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• Lecture 5. Rebirth and Kamma

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• Lecture 6. Nibbana

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• Lecture 7. The Noble Eightfold Path

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• Lecture 8. Meditation

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• Lecture 9. The Social Dimensions of the Buddha's Teachings

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• Lecture 10. The Sangha

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