• Buddhism for Beginners

  • A Step-by-Step Guide
  • By: Michael Harris
  • Narrated by: Matt Haynes
  • Length: 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 10-17-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Michael Harris
  • 4.4 (16 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Buddhism is a religion and dharma that encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs, and spiritual practices largely based on teachings attributed to the Buddha. Buddhism originated in Ancient India sometime between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE, from where it spread through much of Asia, whereafter it declined in India during the Middle Ages. Two major extant branches of Buddhism are generally recognized by scholars: Theravada ("The School of the Elders") and Mahayana ("The Great Vehicle"). Buddhism is the world's fourth-largest religion, with over 520 million followers or over 7% of the global population, known as Buddhists.
Buddhist schools vary on the exact nature of the path to liberation, the importance and canonicity of various teachings and scriptures, and especially their respective practices. Practices of Buddhism include taking refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha, study of scriptures, observance of moral precepts, renunciation of craving and attachment, the practice of meditation (including calm and insight), the cultivation of wisdom, loving-kindness and compassion, the Mahayana practice of bodhicitta and the Vajrayana practices of generation stage and completion stage.
In Theravada the ultimate goal is the cessation of the kleshas and the attainment of the sublime state of Nirvana, achieved by practicing the Noble Eightfold Path (also known as the Middle Way), thus escaping what is seen as a cycle of suffering and rebirth. Theravada has a widespread following in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia.
Mahayana, which includes the traditions of Pure Land, Zen, Nichiren Buddhism, Shingon and Tiantai (Tendai), is found throughout East Asia. Rather than Nirvana, Mahayana instead aspires to Buddhahood via the bodhisattva path, a state wherein one remains in the cycle of rebirth to help other beings reach awakening.
©2017 Michael Harris (P)2017 Michael Harris
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By Jess on 12-19-17

Great start into Buddhism

In depth introduction into Buddhism and Buddhist beliefs. Very comprehensive and a quick listen. Recommend for anyone curious about the religion.

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By mandymay on 12-09-17

I have a better understanding of Buddhism.

Though I have been interested in learning more about the teachings of Buddhism this is my first book on the subject. I requested this book in exchange for my honest review. I feel like I got good information for a beginner. It did leave me wanting to know more about this fascinating religion though. I highly recommend this book to anyone curious about the beliefs of a Buddhist.


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