Synopses & Reviews
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?
"This book is written for people wanting to understand basic Buddhist principles and how to integrate them into their lives...[I]t will be of much benefit to its readers." The Dalai Lama
"Chodron's plain English makes her beginner's guide nearly perfect for those new to Buddhism and those who simple want to learn more." Booklist
"Here is an excellent introduction to Buddhism. Most importantly, it offers good advice for anyone who wants to lead a more sane, balanced, and compassionate life." Bodhi Tree Book Review
Buddhism for Beginners answers the fundamental questions and issues that arise in the minds of modern Western individuals who are new to this tradition of practical spirituality. Written in clear and engaging language, this book presents the Buddhist approach to the fundamental issues and concerns of daily life. Thubten Chodron guides us through the basic tenets of Buddhism, encouraging and instructing us in how to live a more peaceful, mindful and satisfying life. She untangles our confusions and leads us through the most basic aspects of this rich, living spiritual tradition.
Answers fundamental questions and issues that arise in the minds of modern Western individuals who are beginning this tradition of practical spirituality.
Offers an introduction to the doctrines and philosophies of Buddhism, including Buddhist perspectives on such current issues as euthanasia, abortion, and animal rights.
"Buddhism for Beginners" answers the fundamental questions and issues that arise in the minds of modern Western individuals who are beginning this tradition of practical spirituality. American-born Tibetan Buddhist nun Thubten Chodron travels worldwide teaching Buddhism and meditation.
About the Author
Thubten Chodron, an American-born Tibetan Buddhist nun, travels worldwide, teaching and leading meditation retreats. Known for her clear and practical explanations of the Buddha's teachings, she is the author of Buddhism for Beginners; Working with Anger; How to Free Your Mind; Open Heart, Clear Mind; and Taming the Mind. She lives in Seattle, Washington.