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:
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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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
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.
Lots of information. Loved the question and answer format. Buddhism is a nice way.
"A great introduction to Buddhism"
Answers questions you did not even know you had but feel better after receiving them. Made me feel more at peace just listening to it.
"Great eye opener!"
Eye opening philosophy
Explaining the details in an easy to understand narrative was very helpful.
This is a qurstion, then answer style book - so the questions that were asked surprised me as they all are questions I had.
This book does a great job of answering many questions about buddhism, and does a wonderful job of Explaining in a way that is easy to understand.
The book was not as informative, as hoped for and shallow on the topics it does discuss.
"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.
"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.
"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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