• No-Nonsense Buddhism for Beginners

  • Clear Answers to Burning Questions About Core Buddhist Teachings
  • By: Noah Rasheta
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Religion & Spirituality, Buddhism
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (801 ratings)
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Presented in a practical Q&A format, No-Nonsense Buddhism for Beginners is the most clear-cut introductory guide to understanding the essential concepts of Buddhism and how they relate to your daily life.  

How is an awakening different from enlightenment? Can agnostics and atheists be Buddhist? Am I supposed to stop thinking when I meditate? In No-Nonsense Buddhism for Beginners, renowned Buddhism teacher and host of the popular Secular Buddhism podcast, Noah Rasheta, delivers an easily accessible introduction to the teachings of Buddhism that answers these common questions and many more.  

With No-Nonsense Buddhism for Beginners you’ll gain a fundamental understanding of Buddhism and how to apply the philosophies in your everyday life, through:  

  • A simple four-part structure addressing the different aspects of Buddhism - the Buddha, key Buddhist concepts, the Buddha’s teachings, and current Buddhist practices 
  • Straightforward Q&A’s that simplify the vital concepts of Buddhism into easy-to-understand ideas 
  • “Everyday Buddhism” sidebars that make Buddhism less abstract by offering down-to-earth examples from everyday life 

Presented in a simple, conversational style, the information and guidance in No-Nonsense Buddhism for Beginners provides the groundwork that is necessary for building or continuing your own Buddhist practice. 

©2018 Noah Rasheta (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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Perfect for someone curious in Buddism

I needed something to help my mind besides substances that often get abused. I didn't want another religion forced down my throat, and I suspected Buddhism might be for me.

This book shows you that pure Buddhism is not a religion. It's not another god to pray to. It's about organizing your thoughts, feelings and perception.

What I specifically loved about this book, was how unbiased the author was in explaining his perspective of Buddhism. He even claimed to have some bias as a result of human nature, however all he really demonstrated was objective teaching.

If you want to crack the door open to Buddism, this is a must read. Noone selling you snake oil, no tricks, Noone asking for your credit card number at the end.

Worth every penny.

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This audio book is helping me to change my life!

All of the concepts are very easily explained, and how you can implement them into your daily lives. I loved every minute of it, and will now read his full book called Secular Buddhism. I’m joining a group in my area that has been meeting and using Noah’s concepts of applying these principles in our daily lives.
My lower score on performance is only lower because I would prefer it if Noah was the narrator. He has a great mellow voice that would go along with these concepts. Although Will Damron does s great job.
I loved that he recommended other books that have helped him, instead of telling us about his Mindfulness journal that you can buy on Amazon and his Secular Buddhism book. Also, his podcast is great as well. Listening to the first 5 podcasts, has helped me to solidify these concept!

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Enjoyed more the second time hearing.

At first I was a little disappointed with this book. But the second time around I began to enjoy the none judgemental views. In fact I was able to use some of these philosophies to help me through some of the most difficult times of my life. And for that I shout out a big THANK YOU. Even though that is against some of the Buddha's teachings.

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If your new to Buddhism...read this book!

I have read many beginners guides to Buddhism and it’s practices over the years, this is definitely the best one I have ever encountered. The author teaches you the basics (and even a few advanced concepts) in clear and simple terms that anyone can understand. Two thumbs up! 👍👍

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Great Introduction to Buddhism

Clear, concise and relatable. The first book I've read on Buddhism that I grasped well.

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Clarifying

This helped make Buddhism a less intimidating study topic to approach. After listening to this, I feel I have a good enough grasp on fundamentals to look into more detailed topics like sects and tradition.

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Clear

This is a clear and to the point explanation about Buddhism. One can easily find guidance here, if one wants to know what Buddhism is and if it's helpful to them.

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An easy, nonsense book

about Buddhism. A excellent read for those seeking enlightenment and are beginning on that path.

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Good Basic Buddhism

Good,, basic information for beginners in understanding buddhism. Recommend for anyone interested in learning more

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quite informative

learned a lot about Buddhism overall and the questions surrounding it. a really great into!

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  • claire anderton
  • 08-30-20

Really helpful

I'm new to Buddhism and have learnt some concepts from attending a Buddhist Centre, but this book really helped answer some questions for me. The fact it's quite short means it's not overwhelming, and the q&a format makes it easy to follow. Highly recommend.

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  • Kerryspirit
  • 04-17-20

Very engaging and clear

I am not a reader. That's why I chose this audible book. Having been fascinated all my life by Buddhism I was interested to learn and dive in more about Buddhist teachings. But I was afraid of big books with a lot of complicated content so this audible book "no nonsense Buddhism" was a good choice for me because it was short clear and still very engaging. I really loved it.

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  • Woodlander
  • 07-03-21

Best Introduction to Buddhism

This is a great book, which I almost didn’t buy because of its Q&A format. What a loss that would have been! It’s by far the best basic introduction to Buddhism that I have ever seen or heard. Crystal clear, realistic, pragmatic and eminently readable, it presents often complex concepts and questions in a highly accessible manner A great primer and guidebook. A real jewel!

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  • jordan david crago
  • 01-21-21

Okay

Overall a fair introduction, but I think there's a point when an introduction is just too short -- and this is below that threshold. It just leaves too much out.

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  • 07-20-20

a worthwhile listen

I would have preferred Noah to have narrated this himself. overall a nice introduction to Buddhism and easy to understand.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-11-19

Bit dull voice but good audiobook

The voice is a bit dull but everyone should hear it, since Buddhism makes the world and your mind a better place :)

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  • Cath
  • 02-21-19

A great, quick listen

This is a great, quick listen. Practical scenarios are used to assist with learning and the narration is well done. I'd recommend.