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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?

©2001 Thubten Chodron (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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By chad d on 07-02-15

Amazing introduction to Buddhism

The book is in a question answer format and covers all I would ask on my own. I've never learned so much about a religion so fast.

If you're interested in learning about Buddhism and want a no-nonsense description, I'd highly recommend this.

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By Adam M Thomas on 03-18-15

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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By sd71 on 05-18-15

Thorough introduction to Tibetan Buddhism

I must admit I overlooked this book on more than one occasion imagining it would be a little lightweight, it isn't. It covers a lot of material and answers a lot of questions I have and repays multiple listens.
The narrator had a beautiful voice too which helped and I found it matched the content very well. I look forward to my next Thubten Chodron audiobook now and hope Audible can get more of them. Enjoy.

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By Bernie on 07-19-16

Learnt a lot

A very good summary that touches on a myriad of interesting topics and ideas. A relaxing and inspirational listen that is not preachy; much like its subject matter.

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By Anonymous User on 12-12-17

Must listen AAA +++

All you need to know and more absolutely fantastic book. Just about all you can think of about Buddhism is asked in this book . What a awesome way of life to live and I will be following Buddhism. I am only half way through listening to this book it's like gold thank you for putting this together much appreciated.

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By Leecia Bamford on 09-09-17

Enlighting

Never have l had so many questions answered in one book, l truly feel l have been on this path already,

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