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Buddhism for Beginners Paperback – January 1, 2001
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“Thubten Chodron has presented the Buddhist view on essential issues of spiritual development. . . . A tremendous resource for those interested in Buddhist practice.”—Karma Lekshe Tsomo, president of Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist Women
“Chodron’s plain English makes her beginner’s guide nearly perfect for those new to Buddhism and those who simply want to learn more.”—Booklist
“A very compassionate book. Her approach is nonsectarian and emphasizes the basic unity found within Buddhism.”—Ryo Imamura, Jodo Shin priest and professor of psychology at Evergreen State College
“Her lucid, correct, clear, and convincing manner is highly commendable.”—Ven. Dr. Havanpola Ratanasara, College of Buddhist Studies, Los Angeles
“Ven. Thubten Chodron is especially skilled in presenting Buddhist philosophy and practices in ways that are easily accessible and practical for Buddhists who live in the Western world.”—Ven. Hung I Shih, abbot of Jade Buddha Temple in Houston
“This is the perfect gift for family and friends who wish to understand one’s engagement with Buddhism. Thubten Chodron combines several decades of traditional training in Tibetan Buddhism with western psychotherapeutic relevance. . . . That quality of integration is where the Venerable Thubten Chodron is such a powerful writer and teacher.”—Branches of Light
“Here is an excellent introduction to Buddhism. Most importantly, it offers good advice for anyone who wants to lead a more sane balanced and compassionate life.”—Bodhi Tree Book Review
More About the Author
Ven. Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha's teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them to contemporary readers. She is well-known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. Active in interfaith dialogue, she also does Dharma outreach in prisons and teaches worldwide. Visit www.thubtenchodron.org to access archives of her extensive teachings, and www.youtube.com/user/sravastiabbey for daily Dharma talks.
"Venerable Thubten Chodron is someone whose life embodies the virtues of kindness, simplicity and clarity of vision, which lie at the heart of the Buddha's teaching. It is these perennial qualities that shine through her writings and touch the hearts of many readers all over the world." - Thupten Jinpa, author and translator for the Dalai Lama
Top Customer Reviews
This book was written in response to many - "can I ask you a question about Buddhism?"
I really enjoyed the question and answer style that this is written in - for example in chapter one the question is asked - "What is the essence of Buddha's teachings?" and an excellent and easy to understand answer given. "What is the goal of the Buddhist path?" and again another easy to understand and terrific answer given etc -
These and other great questions throughout the book are questions that someone looking into Buddhism would be asking.
Some of the questions I hadn't really considered before, but was really glad they were asked and fully interested in the answers and learned new things.
This is an easy and enjoyable book to read. Great for the beginner or someone just curious about Buddhism. Great for someone further along the path to sit, smile and enjoy.
A better place to start would be "What the Buddha Taught" by Walpola Rahula or "What Makes you Not a Buddhist" by Jamyang Khyentse.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book was very interesting and informative. A great starting point!Published 13 days ago by Kevin Kelly
worst book ever. i have been studying buddhism for years & this book is a joke. it goes against anything i have ever read. i actually got turned off from this book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Krista
What an excellent book! If you're looking for a Q&A book for most of your questions about Buddhism, this is it!Published 3 months ago by A Q
A very readable introduction to the intracacies of the Buddhist world view. The question and answer sections are direct, open and understandable. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alan L. Johnson