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Buddhism for Beginners

By: Thubten Chodron,His Holiness the Dalai Lama - foreword
Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
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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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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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  • 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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Great insight into buddhist concepts and rituals

I'm a novice at Buddhism and this book clarified lots of questions I had about mantras, shrines and rituals. This book also covers the basic buddhist concepts of karma, etc. I say or is a good beginners book and one that I'll keep listening over and over.

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Informative, but not engaging

This book is setup as question and short answer on repeat. It’s not terrible, but not what I expected and difficult to fully engage in as a story. It’s more of a reference manual. “What does Buddhism say about....?”

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Having gained interest in the practice of buddhism and dharma, this was a great start. A wonderful base that has helped answer questions I may have had myself, or questions I hadn’t even considered. This is a book I plan to listen to several times over, as there is so much information and I am sure different chapters will have more meaning at different times in my life.

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False Therapy Narrative

You had me until Chapter 13 where a false presentation of clinical therapy was referenced. As a therapist, I highly disagree with this narrative and it can discourage individuals to receive psychotherapy treatment. Those statements are not true of therapist.

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Really explains things well. Loved it!

This really was an easy listen and very informative. I will listen to it a few more times. Thank you.

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Great place to start (& put on repeat!)

Informative. I liked the question answer format. Narrorater was a little monotone but also relaxing.

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  • 12-06-20

Straight forward

Easy to understand without a lot of unnecessary information perfect for beginners. Great book overall-

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Just OK

The book was not as informative, as hoped for and shallow on the topics it does discuss.

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