The Beginner's Guide to Buddhism

  • by Jack Kornfield
  • Narrated by Jack Kornfield
  • 1 hrs and 14 mins
  • Speech

Publisher's Summary

With a rich history stretching back over 2,500 years, Buddhism has been described both as a system of psychology and a philosophy for living. Yet most of us think of it as a religion. What is Buddhism? How is it practiced? Can it help you today?In The Beginner's Guide to Buddhism, author and teacher Jack Kornfield immerses you in this time-honored approach to living fully and compassionately in the present moment. Join him as he illuminates Buddhism's most essential teachings, and how they make it possible to overcome the mental states that challenge us every day, such as fear, selfishness, confusion, and anger. Complete with authentic meditations to get you started.Highlights include the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, Dharma, "the laws of life," Buddhist meditation practices, mindfulness teachings, and much more.

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A good place to start

I purchased this book because Jack Kornfield was Ajahn Chah's student. This is a good place to start for anyone interested in learning something about Buddhism and its practice. The guided meditations can be quite useful.
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- Ivan

Overview of and Introduction to Buddhism

I like Kornfield and I've listened to his Teachings on the Ten Perfections, and the much more in-depth (and longer and more expensive) Buddhism for Beginners.

I really enjoyed (and continue to enjoy) this, a shorter but very informative and comforting, book.

This book begins with a good bit of the history of Buddhism, from its inception in India with Sidhartha Guatama, to it's spread to South East Asia and the rest of the world. I always like to be reminded of the different sects, and Kormfield clearly helps provide understanding of the differences and locations of Theravada Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism (under which large umbrella falls Zen) and Vajrayahana Buddhism (Tibetan).

He then provides guided meditations, which are very peaceful and help guide the mind toward serenity (perhaps eventually to enlightenment??).

He has anecdotes and reflections, and reminders on how we cause ourselves suffering, trying to hold onto our bodies and not wanting them to age, grasping for things or ideas...

Really - I won't just keep telling you what he says - I enjoy this book and have listened to it fully twice and continue to "skim" through it while resting quietly or walking.

(PS - not much of a story to this book, but Audible wouldn't let me write a review unless I rated the story!)
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- Tracy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-01-2002
  • Publisher: Sounds True