Buddhism for Beginners

  • by Thubten Chodron, His Holiness the Dalai Lama (foreword)
  • Narrated by Gabra Zackman
  • 4 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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?

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Customer Reviews

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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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- sd71

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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- Bernie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-12-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios