Buddhism for Beginners

  • by Thubten Chodron, His Holiness the Dalai Lama (foreword)
  • Narrated by Gabra Zackman
  • 4 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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?


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Logical and well paced.

I felt like this book had just the right amount of detail and the author worked hard to make the subject approachable. The narrator was pleasant as well.
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- Adam M Thomas

Great insight into buddhist concepts and rituals

I'm a novice at Buddhism and this book clarified lots of questions I had about mantras, shrines and rituals. This book also covers the basic buddhist concepts of karma, etc. I say or is a good beginners book and one that I'll keep listening over and over.
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- Tom

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-09-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios