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Publisher Description

This easy-to-understand overview of the basics of Buddhism is an invaluable resource for the new or seasoned practitioner

This user’s guide to Buddhist basics takes the most commonly asked questions—beginning with “What is the essence of the Buddha’s teachings?”—and provides simple answers in plain English. Thubten Chodron’s responses to the questions that always seem to arise among people approaching Buddhism make this an exceptionally complete and accessible introduction—as well as a manual for living a more peaceful, mindful, and satisfying Life.

Buddhism for Beginners is an ideal first book on the subject for anyone, but it’s also a wonderful resource for seasoned students, since the question-and-answer format makes it easy to find just the topic you’re looking for, such as: 

· What is the goal of the Buddhist path? 
· What is karma? 
· If all phenomena are empty, does that mean nothing exists? 
· How can we deal with fear? 
· How do I establish a regular meditation practice? 
· What are the qualities I should look for in a teacher? 
· What is Buddha-nature? 
· Why can't we remember our past lives?

Religion & Spirituality
January 1
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Micheboo ,


To be clear, I know nothing of Buddhism. I do not believe in religion. I do believe in spirituality, however. I have had a very rough time in my life the last few month. I decided it was time for a drastic change. I need to change my thoughts and emotions. But how? My question lead me to this book.

The book is great. I learned a ton and will read it again; my only difficulty is my ignorance in within Buddhism. I didn’t understand some words and phrases, but I’m sure the scriptures are difficult to translate into English.

I haven’t decided if Buddhism is the path for me, but this was an excellent book for my research and understanding. Thank you.

aeslovebird ,

My Go-To

This book is perfect for anyone who wants to understand the basics and how the Buddhist concepts apply to everyday life.

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