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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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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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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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Beginner

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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A unique experience

A wonderful experience listening to a book being read to you. But one worth trying at least once. I will be back for more. Thank you for the experience.

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Answers my questions on Buddhism

This book answers beginners fundamental questions about Buddhism in plain simple English. Narrator speaks clearly and at just the right speed. I just finished but intend to repeat. The Q and A format makes it easy to go back to refresh understanding.

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Helpful... Still want more.

For someone who discovered dharma only a couple of years ago, this was certainly helpful. There are stool questions I have, and in not sure if it was because the explanations were sometimes unclear or if I just lack the experience. I didn't care for the narrator. Her timbre conflicted with the mood of the subject for me.

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EXCELLENT!

A great book to read for those beginning their path on their practice. Clearly identifies what to do to begin your journey to be a Buddha.

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Nice Beginning.

Lots of information. Loved the question and answer format. Buddhism is a nice way.

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  • sd71
  • 05-18-15

Thorough introduction to Tibetan Buddhism

I must admit I overlooked this book on more than one occasion imagining it would be a little lightweight, it isn't. It covers a lot of material and answers a lot of questions I have and repays multiple listens.
The narrator had a beautiful voice too which helped and I found it matched the content very well. I look forward to my next Thubten Chodron audiobook now and hope Audible can get more of them. Enjoy.

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  • Bernie
  • 07-19-16

Learnt a lot

A very good summary that touches on a myriad of interesting topics and ideas. A relaxing and inspirational listen that is not preachy; much like its subject matter.

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  • Diane
  • 10-04-15

The Narrater was the problem

I'm sure the contents were fine but the Narrater made or boring. There was no feeling in her voice and I felt it was a complete waste of money. No stars but I had to give one to submit. Don't waste your money on this Narrater

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-17-18

Calming narrator.

Voice of narrator is very calming and perfectly fits the theme of this book.
I found this book informative yet easy to understand. I will be sure to listen to it more than once!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-12-17

Must listen AAA +++

All you need to know and more absolutely fantastic book. Just about all you can think of about Buddhism is asked in this book . What a awesome way of life to live and I will be following Buddhism. I am only half way through listening to this book it's like gold thank you for putting this together much appreciated.

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  • Leecia Bamford
  • 09-09-17

Enlighting

Never have l had so many questions answered in one book, l truly feel l have been on this path already,

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-19-16

Wonderful

What a wonderful book. Buddhism resonates so much with my beliefs. Thats a great book for those who want to understand more about Buddhism.

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  • waterwench
  • 08-09-16

Beautiful 🙏🏻

This was amazing. Explained in a way that was not bewildering for someone curious about faith. 🙏🏻🌟