Buddhism for Beginners

By Thubten Chodron; Thubten
(Snow Lion Publications, Paperback, 9781559391535, 160pp.)

Publication Date: January 2001

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Description
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?



About the Author
Thubten Chodron, an American-born Tibetan Buddhist nun, is the founder and abbess of Sravasti Abbey in Newport, Washington. Known for her clear and practical explanations of the Buddha s teachings, she travels world-wide, teaching and leading meditation retreats. She is the author of several books, including Open Heart, Clear Mind and Working with Anger.

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