Listening Faithfully: Audio Book Sutta Reading from the Pali Canon

Originally the Buddha’s teachings were preserved orally by monks trained in memorization. Listening to recordings of the suttas can put us back in touch with this tradition. Repetitions that are seem unnecessary in print come to life when read aloud. These are resources for free audio book recordings of the suttas. If you know of more, post them in the comments below.

Download from this site: has professionally recorded readings of English sutta translations (despite the word Pali in the name) for free download. Translations are by a variety of authors including Bhikkhu Bodhi, Bhikkhu Sujato, and Rupert Gethin.

Audio Tipitaka

Audio Tipitaka ( is a project to create an audio version of free-distribution sutta translations. You can participate by listening, recording, or volunteering in other ways. has dozens of suttas read by monastics and lay teachers. Although there is no new content being added to the site, the recording quality is very high.

Ancient Buddhist Texts audio section contains hours of suttas translated by Bhante Ānandajoti. Especially notable is the complete audio recording of the Udāna.

Dhammapada by Gil Fronsdal

Readings from the Dhammapada by Gil Fronsdal has recordings of Gil Fronsdal reading his entire translation of the Dhammapada.


5 thoughts on “Listening Faithfully: Audio Book Sutta Reading from the Pali Canon”

  1. My Buddhist name is thien tho I feel blessed to find this site I want to be a Monk again and I need a site like this because I’m dyslexic and have trouble reading, I send my loving kindness to you and the all living beings. Sadhu.

  2. Thank you so much for this wonderful and comprehensive site! This site is the best for Audio Dhamma. @Voice Reader for EPUBS (or other formats) works great for me.

    Yours in the Dhamma,

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