• Buddhism for Beginners

  • A Step-by-Step Guide
  • By: Michael Harris
  • Narrated by: Matt Haynes
  • Length: 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-17-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Michael Harris
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (17 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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Customer Reviews

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4 out of 5 stars
By J and M on 12-29-17

Great mind cleanser

This short little audio had a lot of good information on the fundamentals and history. It wasn't quite what I was expecting from a Step-by-Step guide. I don't think it would tell a beginner how to begin. But, it does give tons of really good information to inform what it is all about and the different variations of Buddhism, and could point a beginner in the right direction. I enjoyed listening to it and found it way more interesting than others on the same subject. Matt Haynes was easy to listen to and it felt engaging.

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4 out of 5 stars
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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