Listen to the Suttas! – Audio Recordings of English Translations of the Pali Canon Suttas
Listen to the Suttas! Youtube Channel:
Example Video: The Sammaditthi Sutta (The Discourse on Right View, MN 9)
For those who have difficulty with written text (or Pali), there are few quality, widely-available audio recordings of English language translations of the Pali Canon Suttas. Our own Community Director, Jennifer Hawkins, who developed similar difficulties herself, has begun recording such readings herself, which she is making available via the Youtube Channel, Listen to the Suttas! They are also pending approval for upload to the popular Insight Timer meditation app, which also currently features some recordings of our live, bi-weekly online sit, Practice Circle, usually led by our Director Mark Knicklebine.
Please check them all out, provide any constructive feedback you might have, and share where you can. According to Youtube, these videos can be used as a nonprofit fundraiser if the, “…channel reaches 4,000 watch hours in the previous 12 months and 1,000 subscribers.” Insight Timer has similar features as well. And truth be told, we could use the help in keeping not only this site going, but our Founder, Ted Meissner‘s, sister site and purely donation-based, fully online, and official MBSR class, co-taught with our Director Amy Balentine.
May this be of help to any and many, but especially to often forgotten or ignored disabled communities (and the logo design is not a coincidence – may LGBTQIA+ communities be well too).
(And special thanks, of course, to Access to Insight and translators like Bhikkhu Bodhi, Bhikkhu Ñanamoli, Nyanaponika Thera, Thanissaro Bhikkhu, and others)
For the past three years I have been developing a project with Professor Rupert Gethin, Professor Peter Case and Roland Kitchen to produce an online resource offering the original teachings of the Buddha, professionally read from modern translations and presented in an easily accessible audio format, free of charge. We have made good progress and launched our website (www.paliaudio.com) earlier this year which we continue to update with additional recordings.