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  • Published: 31 August 2021
  • ISBN: 9781611808858
  • Imprint: Shambhala
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $37.00

The Art of Listening

A Guide to the Early Teachings of Buddhism



An accessible introduction to the teachings of the Buddha told through the oral tradition of the Dighanikaya—the preeminent text of the Pali canon.

The Dighanikaya or Long Discourses of the Buddha is one of the four major collections of teachings from the early period of Buddhism. Its thirty-four suttas (in Sanskrit, sutras) demonstrate remarkable breadth in both content and style, forming a comprehensive collection. The Art of Listening gives an introduction to the Dighanikaya and demonstrates the historical, cultural, and spiritual insights that emerge when we view the Buddhist suttas as oral literature.

Each sutta of the Dighanikaya is a paced, rhythmic composition that evolved and passed intergenerationally through chanting. For hundreds of years, these timeless teachings were never written down. Examining twelve suttas of the Dighanikaya, scholar Sarah Shaw combines a literary approach and a personal one, based on her experiences carefully studying, hearing, and chanting the texts. At once sophisticated and companionable, The Art of Listening will introduce you to the diversity and beauty of the early Buddhist suttas.

  • Published: 31 August 2021
  • ISBN: 9781611808858
  • Imprint: Shambhala
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $37.00

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